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Double-lung transplant recipient turns to harmonica playing to regain strength

Double-lung transplant recipient turns to harmonica playing to regain strength, then shares his passion with others recovering from similar ailments. (NBC News)

A double-lung transplant recipient in Florida who turned to the harmonica after surgery now shares his passion with others to help them recover as well.

Larry Rawdon took up the harmonica to help him rehabilitate his diaphragm after his second lung transplant.

Larry now returns to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville to teach breathing exercises using the harmonica to a room full of heart and lung transplant patients.

"I say the harmonica is the best piece of exercise equipment for the diaphragm that I've ever seen," he says.

Rawdon says the classes are about more than exercise; they're a distraction when some people need it most.

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