Filling his lungs

Oakville-raised musician Mark Pettigrew is not planning to stop anytime soon. The current Burlington resident performed a concert at the Moonshine Cafe in Oakville earlier this summer, nine months after undergoing a double-lung transplant.


He was diagnosed with Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, a genetic disorder where the body doesn’t produce a protein that protects the lungs and liver. This can cause permanent damage, which it did to him, forcing him to need the transplant. Having recovered, he’s strong enough to sing.

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