St. Paul's Hospital pilot project aims to help patients with COPD while reducing costs (Dr. Don Sin)

Maggie Joyce and Robert Barnes are among the growing number of Canadians living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.

“It’s kind of like a fish out of water when you can’t breathe, when you struggle for breath,” Joyce said of the disease, which damages the lungs, causing holes to form while clogging up airways with mucus.

“Once they are at home they are at high risk of another lung attack so some patients come to the emergency room, not once, but up to 10 to 15 times a year,” Dr. Don Sin of the St. Paul’s Hospital Lung Program said.

Jon Azpiri reports. 

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