Ernie Gillispie was diagnosed with black lung after 37 years working in Kentucky coal mines. He blew into a machine to test his oxygen output during a checkup after a double-lung transplant.
Ernie Gillispie was diagnosed with black lung after 37 years working in Kentucky coal mines. He blew into a machine to test his oxygen output during a checkup after a double-lung transplant. Hannah Potes
Ernie Gillispie was diagnosed with black lung after 37 years working in Kentucky coal mines. He blew into a machine to test his oxygen output during a checkup after a double-lung transplant. Hannah Potes

Will Wright is a corps member with Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project. Based in Pikeville, Wright joined the Herald-Leader in January 2018 and reports on Eastern Kentucky.