Shirley Collins Craig was born on February 9, 1950, in Huntsville, Texas. Although not a ‘blue baby’ she became very sick and doctors heard heart murmurs. Twenty-five years
later, a catherization revealed an atrial septal defect. During open-heart surgery, a patent
ductus arteriosus was also found and repaired. Surgeons said there was some damage to
the lungs, but they didn’t think it would be a problem. Fifteen years later, Shirley was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension (or PH) secondary to Eisenmenger’s Syndrome. She moved to Houston in February 1991 and was referred to Dr. Adaani Frost who treated her for 18 years until she received a heart/double lung transplant in 2008 at Methodist.
Shirley graduated from Sam Houston University in 1972. She is married and has one son
and three grandchildren. Shirley joined and is a co-leader of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, which is a 22-year-old PH group that meets in Houston at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic on Holcombe.