In this file photo from 2002, a Naples father kisses his 4-month-old daughter a week after she received a double-lung transplant at Shands Transplant Center at the University of Florida in Gainesville. The baby, born prematurely, had contracted respiratory syncytial virus, which attacked the mucous membranes and clogged the infant’s air passages.
In this file photo from 2002, a Naples father kisses his 4-month-old daughter a week after she received a double-lung transplant at Shands Transplant Center at the University of Florida in Gainesville. The baby, born prematurely, had contracted respiratory syncytial virus, which attacked the mucous membranes and clogged the infant’s air passages.
In this file photo from 2002, a Naples father kisses his 4-month-old daughter a week after she received a double-lung transplant at Shands Transplant Center at the University of Florida in Gainesville. The baby, born prematurely, had contracted respiratory syncytial virus, which attacked the mucous membranes and clogged the infant’s air passages.

Miami Herald Real Time/Breaking News reporter Howard Cohen, a 2017 Media Excellence Awards winner, has covered pop music, theater, health and fitness, obituaries, municipal government and general assignment. He started his career in the Features department at the Miami Herald in 1991.