On October 11th of this year, my father Steven Collie was blessed with the gift-of-life through a lifesaving double lung transplant. After being listed on the active transplant list for less than two weeks, my Dad went into surgery and is now recovering at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. His new lungs are in pristine shape and my Dad is recovering each and every day. We are all hopeful for a full recovery, and that my father is able to join his church choir very soon.
Transplants are lifesaving, but very expensive and Steven needs your support. Recovering in the ICU for over a week now, my dad faces large medical bills from his surgery, co-pays and deductibles, health insurance premiums, caregiver fees, living and travel expenses. Steven is also required to take costly, post-transplant medications that are needed for the rest of his life.
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UPDATE: As many of you know Steve was struck with Guillain-Barré syndrome after his surgery, which is a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system leaving patients paralyzed. My super active, Dancing Daddy has been unable to move any of his limbs on his own for 50 days now.
His determination shows ever day as he endures hours of physical therapy to re-activate the muscles, and get him moving. Last week he started hitting major milestones in his recovery. For example, he was able to sit up on his own for a short period last week. Holding his body weight up has been a real challenge. He also, lifted his hand and waved for the first time last week.
His smile and determination shine through daily, and his voice has finally returned with the help of his trach talk box. Some of you may have had the pleasure of hearing his voice over the phone or in person. Every milestone he conquers gives him a renewed strength, and your prayers, cards, thoughts and visits have lifted his spirit and made these milestones possible.
Steve needs your support more than you all realize, and on this National Day of Giving I would ask you to consider donating to the mounting medical bills that a 45 day stay in ICU and months of rehabilitation can accrue. And, if you can’t give anything monetarily today please consider making sure your signed up to be an ORGAN DONOR, and give the lift of life to someone else when you life on earth is through.
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. ~Philippians 4:13
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