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How Randy McIntyre survived COVID-19 and a double-lung transplant

Talk of Iowa, hosted by Charity Nebbe

At the beginning of 2021, Randy McIntyre was a healthy 58-year-old man living in Andalusia, Illinois driving a truck for a living. He contracted COVID-19 in January and everything changed. Five months later his life was saved by a double-lung transplant performed at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

McIntyre shares his story of survival and recovery and you'll also hear from, Dr. John Keech, one of the surgeons who performed the transplant.

Later in the show, KCCK's Bob Stewart shares his top jazz releases for 2021.


  • Randy McIntyre, resident of Andalusia, Illinois
  • Dr. John Keech, cardiothoracic surgeon at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  • Bob Stewart, program director and morning host at KCCK, Iowa's Jazz Station
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River