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Mitchell man seeking lung transplant

Darl Allen and his wife, Cheryl, both of Mitchell, have moved to Cleveland to await a lung transplant for him, according to information from his family and friends.

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Darl, former manager of the Mitchell Regional Landfill, was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis two years ago. Pulmonary fibrosis is the formation or development of excess fibrous connective tissue in the lungs. It is also described as “scarring of the lung.”

A benefit account for the Allens has been established at First Dakota National Bank in the name of Darl Richard Allen to help with the cost of travel, lodging, food and other general expenses.

Darl, a Chamberlain native, and Cheryl have four children. He worked for the city of Mitchell for 30 years, first in the waste collection department, then the street department, and eventually as manager of the landfill. He worked for the city until he was forced to retire due to the progression of his disease.

Cheryl had worked for a local bank but is now the primary caregiver for Darl.

Darl has been undergoing testing at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio with the goal of receiving a lung transplant. He is unable to fly because of his condition, so the family has been driving.

Receiving a lung transplant is not a permanent fix, but it could be an extension of life.