My name is Danielle Mauldin and I am 26 years old. In the summer of 2019, I began studies at the University of West Florida to obtain a second bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences. With a major in biology and a minor in chemistry, this second degree would have allowed me to become an accredited medical laboratory scientist in Florida. But in May of 2019, I visited the ER for the third night in a row and was given 24 hours to live.
I suffered a blood clot in one of the vessels that brings blood away from my small intestines, an extremely rare case in my young age of a mesenteric ischemia. On May 20th, two surgeons attempted to salvage what remained of my small intestines, but we were told there was nothing else they could do and that the infection was too far spread.
April 1, 2021
April 1, 2021: Today is my 34th scope since transplant and hopefully the last for a little while! We will receive the biopsy results within the next few days, but they said everything looked normal!
March 2021: We have received the OK to return to Florida! Just a few more procedures and lab draws and we will be on our way home!
January 6, 2021: I am having surgery today to reverse my ileostomy and close my abdominal wall with allograft tissue. They will attempt to repair my abdominal wall and sew it all back together!
July-August 2020: I am readmitted into the hospital several times for high fevers and magnesium deficiency. Sometimes the intestines take a while to "wake up", so this is nothing out of the ordinary.
June 21, 2020: I have been transplanted and am doing so well! A few hiccups, but it's my birthday and the nurses decorated my room. Alejo made me a happy birthday poster I could read from my window. Angels in my life!
June 15, 2020: We receive the ACTUAL call! We are told that Dr. Kareem has already accepted the organ for me and to get to the ER to be COVID-19 tested to prepare for hospital admission. There are no visitors allowed, but it's time to move forward! I will be inpatient around 3-4 weeks.
April 12, 2020: We got the call! Obviously elated, this is what we have been waiting for. But, it is then explained that there is a chance the organ could read a false-negative for COVID-19. My surgeon "was not thrilled" about this match, but that he would do it if we wanted to move forward. We decided to pass on this organ.
March 20, 2020
March 11, 2020: I have been officially re-listed for an isolated small bowel transplant!!! We have no way of knowing how long finding a donor match will take, as it is insanely specific and unfortunately requires someone to pass. I know it will all happen in God's perfect timing. Until then, please continue to keep my family and me in your thoughts and prayers. Please also pray for the donor family and help us thank them in advance for the selfless gift of life, but also share in their loss. There are no words that could possibly fully express the amount of gratitude I already have for God and this family.
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June 25, 2020
Keep on being God's miracle for the world to see! I am so proud of your faith and determination! Keep fighting Danielle! Marie & Jerry Duplechin
March 26, 2020
Praying for you
March 13, 2020
Girl we think of you often and mom was just asking if I’ve been able to find out how you are doing. We are the Family that you brought Hebert’s boudin to in Destin, FL. At the restaurant you were working at. I have Richard’s Seafood in Abbeville. Please know you are in our prayers.