Kathlyn Chassey is a 24 year old living with Cystic Fibrosis. The disease has progressed to the point where she has to have a lung transplant or she will not survive.Kathlyn's escort from the hospital Kathlyn on CBS LA Kathlyn on Kens 5 San Antonio
Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited life-threatening disease that damages the lungs and the digestive system. Kathlyn was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at 3 months old.
On November 2nd Kathlyn was admitted to Brooke Army Medical Center with trouble breathing, and by the end of November she had been placed on life support, her lungs no longer able to clean the carbon dioxide from her blood.
The Doctors warned Kathlyn's family that she was too high risk to receive a lung transplant and on November 28th she was told she had ten days to live.
A campaign began to find a surgeon that didn’t view Kathlyn as too high risk to receive a lung transplant.
Peter Mayhew and his wife Angie were contacted by J.R. Stoces, a retired NASA alumni with contacts at UCLA Medical Center, J.R. (or “Uncle Jerry” as he is now known) was able to get Kathlyn evaluated by Dr. Ardehali at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Kathlyn's best hope for a lung transplant.
On December 12th Kathlyn and her family boarded a Military C-130 and were flown to Los Angeles for evaluation at UCLA.
On December 15th Kathlyn was notified that she was on the list to receive a lung transplant. Her status on life support and cystic fibrosis diagnosis places her at the top of the list.
Kathlyn has been a friend to Peter Mayhew (Star Wars' Chewbacca) since she was seven years old. At eighty pounds and four foot ten she looks like a doll next to Peter's seven foot two inch height.
In 2009, when seeing Kathlyn and Peter together, Matthew Egan started a running joke naming Kathlyn "the Littlest Wookiee".
The Littlest Wookiee is a children's story in development by Egan with illustrations by James Hance. The story will benefit the Peter Mayhew Foundation and the fight against Cystic Fibrosis.