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You can help our son Dustin with a heart transplant.

Dustin has late-stage congestive heart failure and can’t leave the ICU without a new heart. He is only 33 years old.

Updates (4)

May 20, 2019

Hi! Dustin is now six months post heart transplant, and he’s doing well. He’s had no rejection and is gaining more energy.

Dustin continues to make routine visits to the hospital, a three-hour drive away. He’s also keeping up with his blood work which can be drawn locally. To help make his heart stronger, Dustin is also using exercise equipment, such as a treadmill and stationary bike.

Now that he’s out of the six-month window after the transplant, it’s safe for Dustin to have some needed dental work completed, including getting some crowns in place. I don’t think he’s looking forward to it! 🙂

Dustin is still taking anti-rejections drugs, and will need those for life. While these drugs do lower his immune system, Dustin takes precautions when necessary, such as wearing a mask over his nose and mouth around crowds and when shopping. Dustin also takes several other medications to help ensure good health after his transplant.

Thanks for checking back in!

November 26, 2018

Hi everyone! Dustin is continuing to recover from the heart transplant surgery in October. He’s had several heart biopsies to check for rejection, and the results have been wonderful.

Dustin is also continuing with his rehab to become stronger. While he’s still underweight, he’s been slowly gaining some weight. He’s still got a way to go.

Still at an apartment in Nashville right now to be near treatment, Dustin will be returning to his hometown in a few days. Your donation will help with continuing costs associated with his treatment. Thanks for reading!

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October 17, 2018

Love you Dustin. Praying for you everyday!!!!

Jonna Bickford

October 17, 2018

Hang in there Dusty! We will be praying you! Lisa and Emily

Lisa Cato