Tamara Needs Your Help
Family and friends of Tamara Mathias are raising money for the nonprofit Help Hope Live to fund uninsured medical expenses associated with transplantation.
January 11, 2019
Hello friends and family of Tammie Mathias!!
As of this week, Tammie has begun to deal with a new aspect of ESLD, which is a condition called ascites.
What is ascites?
Ascites is a condition in which fluid collects in spaces within your abdomen. If severe, ascites can be extremely painful. The problem may keep you from moving around comfortably. Ascites can set the stage for an infection in your abdomen, which of course can be life threatening. Fluid may also move into your chest and surround your lungs. This makes it very hard to breathe. The most common cause of ascites is cirrhosis of the liver.
There is no cure for this condition, except a new liver. So in order to manage this new aspect of her disease, her doctors will be removing large amounts of fluid from Tammie’s abdomen through a needle on an ongoing basis as needed.
This brings us to the urgent call to find a living donor. Now more than ever, Tammie desperately needs to find a match. She remains in contact with the transplant unit at Johns Hopkins, but they are not authorized to give detailed information as far as where they are in the process of finding a living donor. They can merely inform her that they continue to “work their hardest to find a donor”.
If you are still interested in being evaluated as a potential donor, please call the Liver Transplant Unit at Johns Hopkins directly at 1-443-287-9648 and ask to speak to Kathie Lee or any nurse working in the unit.
Tammie thanks all of you for your continued support and outpouring of love! She feels truly blessed by everything each and everyone of you have done on her behalf. Feel free to reach out to her & connect on Facebook to see how she is doing. She also visits this site on a regular basis and enjoys reading all your sweet messages and well wishes left for her here as well!!
December 4, 2018
The success from my previous post was short lived. Back to infusions that don’t hold long and frequent endoscopies and banding. The infusion center gave me some tips today to help treat the bone pain and hopefully have a positive outcome from this series.
The Transplant team at Hopkins can give me NO information where they are in the process, just that they are “working their hardest” to find a donor. If anyone is still interested in being tested for possible eligibility, please call the number on my FB profile.
If you are interested in contributing to my fund for “Giving Tuesday” I am grateful for any support
Thank you, sincerely, Tammie
January 11, 2019
Sending prayers and love to you and your family.
July 30, 2018
Let’s find the donor and make this happen!
July 11, 2018
July 7, 2018