On Wednesday, April 12 at 3:30 in the afternoon, Brian got the call! The hospital at the University of Kentucky had organs that were a match for Brian. He was in dialysis when they called and had to have that session stopped, so that we could rush to Lexington. Brian went into surgery at 3:00 am on Thursday and after a 7 hour surgery he had a new heart. After resting for about 7 hours, he also received his new kidney! We in the family are truly amazed and so profoundly grateful. Our prayers go out to our donor's family. A week into it now, Brian has begun walking, with the help of 3 nurses. He will remain in the icu until he is physically able to go to the step-down unit where intense physical rehab will happen.
Now the bills begin to ramp up, also. Just the accommodations for Brian's family to be able to stay in Lexington during the surgery and recovery will be well over a thousand dollars. Then, Brian will have to rent an apartment to stay in Lexington so that he can go to their rehabilitation. Anti-rejection drugs have already started and will be required for the rest of his life. We hope to hold a benefit for him in the near future, but again, any contribution via HHL is greatly appreciated. Chris
Apr 14, 2017
After a 20 day stay at the University of Kentucky hospital, Brian was declined 1A status for transplant and was released on March 18 . He was sent home to remain on the 1B list. As disappointed as we all were, I would be lying if I said I wasn't happy to have him back home. He continued dialysis, even adding an extra day of it to try to keep more fluid off of him. Then, out of the blue on April 12 , Brian received a phone call from Donna the transplant coordinator, telling him they may have possible organs for him, depending on tissue match. At 2:40 am April 13 Brian received a life saving heart transplant, followed by a kidney transplant 9;30 that evening. Brian's vitals are good, but the kidney hasn't "woken up" yet. It's hard because they are trying to keep the fluid off the heart, while at the same time, keeping the kidney hydrated.. The doctors feel positive, this will change. As always, thank you for your continued, love, support and prayers. Love Linda and family.
Feb 23, 2017
Update... Brian will be admitted to Albert Chandler Hospital at the University of Kentucky, Lexington,. Kentucky on Monday February 27,, 2017 where he will stay until his transplant takes place....