Robert O'Rourke was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in late 2006. The lung disease causes scarring in the lungs, which makes breathing difficult. Courtesy of Robert O'Rourke hide caption itoggle caption Courtesy of Robert O'Rourke Shots - Health News A Lung Transplant For Bob O'Rourke February 23, 2011 O'Rourke was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in 2006. Last April his doctors told him he would need a transplant if he expected to live much longer. He just got a new lung.