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Qualifying – let alone finishing – the legendary Boston Marathon is a feat most runners never accomplish. But doing it with one lung, impossible, right? Not for Tania Tuluie. At 54, the San Diegan elite runner will run her eighth Boston Marathon, and her third since a surprise lung surgery left her wondering if she would ever be able to run again. In 2018, her doctors at Scripps discovered that she had pulmonary sequestration, which many pulmonologists will never see at all in their careers. Tania underwent the lobectomy using the minimally invasive video-assisted chest surgery technique, an innovative procedure that results in a smaller incision and shorter recovery time than traditional surgery. Scripps surgeons took Tania’s quality of life into consideration when planning the operation and opted for a more conservative approach. Learn more about Tania’s journey and the operation that put her back on track here.

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