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Tubby Needs our Help!

Ralph (Tubby) Holmes III is a 53-year-old man whose lungs are failing. A double lung transplant is his only chance of survival.

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July 12, 2017

Drum roll: 3 months: Ralph Holmes: simply amazing to watch Tubby transform from struggling for each breath to breathing with ease! I’m not going to lie, it’s been a rough road. Our family have gone above and beyond helping us. Had it not been for Tubby’s donor I’m sure he wouldn’t be with us today. Beyond grateful for the gift of life from his donor. The bumps in the road have kept us on our toes. Our new routine is getting easier! Slowly catching up on things that were not priorities. Robin Holmes, now professional driver! Has taken him to Boston for appointments and blood work allowing me to work. He’s feeling good, trying to stay busy. He still has restrictions with lifting, pushing or pulling no more than 5 pounds. He’s hoping to be able to drive soon. We are so fortunate to have the support from around the world. We are very grateful

April 28, 2017

Day 14: Ralph Holmes: it’s hard to believe it’s been 2 weeks today since Tubby got his gift of healthy lungs. We have had many ups and downs. We’ve found out we are stronger than we thought and other times when we fall apart and wonder where we’ll get the strength to get back up. Staying positive every step of the way is challenging. I can’t imagine not having my family and friends helping us along this journey. This morning he had his bronchoscopy and we are waiting on the results of the biopsy. The Doctor that did the bronchoscopy was one of the Doctors that saved Tubby’s life at Beth Israel Hospital in January. Dr Kheir was one of the pulmonary interventists, we spent 6 weeks there and got to know him very well. He recognized Tubby right away, even called him Tubby! Dr Kheir and the other interventists at BI were a huge part of Tubby getting fast tracked into the transplant program at MGH. Today he slept most of the day due to the sedation he received during his bronch. Still with fluid overload and AFib. No walk today because of his high heart rate. Steroids are making his blood sugars high so picked up a glucometer and supplies at MGH pharmacy. Education with the pharmacist today. Tomorrow’s going to be a better day.

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June 10, 2017

Valerie and Tubby, My thoughts and prayers are with you for a quick, uneventful recovery! Sending positive energy and lots of big hugs!!

Cindy Aubry-Folding

June 12, 2017

Our Prayers are with you Valerie.

Larry & Barbara

June 14, 2017

I've often thought about you and your high energy over the years. Many prayers to you and your family as you continue this journey on your way to wellness. God Bless.


June 14, 2017

Thinking about you guys and wishing only for the best for you!

Auntie Lala