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Harold desperately needs YOUR help.

Harold’s long battle with intestinal blockages and fistulas has come to a critical point. Harold is now in need of a life saving Intestine Transplant at Duke University Medical Center. Over the past 12 years, Harold has suffered from numerous blockages due to massive adhesions that formed on his intestines after his appendix burst during a routine laparoscopic surgery to remove it. He has continued to form these adhesions at an abnormal rate and they get caught up on one another which causes his intestine to twist and thus causes a blockage. The surgery to alleviate the blockage is very lengthy (usually 10-12 hours) because his intestines look like “one big block of cement” (according to the doctors). The surgeons have to work very slowly and meticulously because they cannot tell bowel from adhesion. Occasionally, they accidentally nick the intestine which causes them to have to stop and make repairs before proceeding hence the lengthy surgery. Unfortunately, for reasons unknown to the surgeons, Harold’s intestines will not hold the stitches and leaks form which result in the formation of fistulas. Duke has performed two 12 hour surgeries and multiple minor ones over the last 2 1/2 years to try to stop the leaks but nothing has worked so they have now recommended a transplant. During this time, he has been living on TPN (liquid nutrition) because he cannot eat food and is very restricted on drinking.

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July 17, 2018

Hoping for the best. Stay strong and reach out if you need anything even if just to talk.

Shawn Fraser

July 17, 2018

Thinking of you, hope you get better soon and have a quick recovery.

Michelle Walter

July 17, 2018

Bryan - praying for your dad and your family! ❤️

Heather Havey

July 17, 2018

Praying for a speedy recovery and that Christ provides a peace that passes all understanding. Philippians 4:6-7

Kristin Mitchell