Please help Keep Richard Breathing!!!
Richard has been dealing with progressive lung disease. he needs a double lung transplant to survive his worsening Pulmonary Fibrosis, Asbestosis and Emphysema. We are asking for family, friends and co-workers to please join us in fundraising for the non-profit HelpHopeLive.org in honor of Richard, to assist with expenses that he will incur before and after surgery. He will be in Mass General Hospital in Boston for 3-4 weeks following the transplant if there are no complications and after he is discharged, he will also be required to stay in proximity of the hospital for a month or more to attend clinic visits post-surgery.
September 15, 2021
Richard is doing much better; after over 2.5 months @ Mass General intensive care unit; he’s currently @ the Spaulding Rehabilitation hospital in Cambridge, MA learning how to walk again…..he has been working very hard and hoping to go home soon. He’s going to still need to use the walker until he gets his strength after losing 25 pounds. Thanks for your prayers and contributions, it’s greatly appreciated!!
August 18, 2021
Hello everyone, an update on Richard, on August 3rd he was moved out the ICU unit to the transplant step down unit – it’s been over 2 months, since June 6th. on August 10th they removed the tracheotomy and passed the swallowing test on 8-11, he’s been having small sips and regular hospital food, has to be sitting down to protect the lungs…. they are doing physical and occupational therapy, he’s able to use his hands a little, has some tremors on both hands due to the medication, they are keeping an eye on that. He’s not able to walk yet, physical therapy is helping, but he can’t stand or walk on his own yet.
From here, he will be going to the Spaulding Rehabilitation building for full rehab for few weeks.
Thank you for your prayers and amazing donations; it’s been a rollercoaster with the ups and downs, but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
He’s excited being able to eat and has his appetite back- Thank God ! he lost about 22 pounds and it shows… I appreciate all the people who reach out for update; he gets very happy when I tell him about the people who are asking for him, it’s so much appreciated!!!!
God Bless you all !
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August 21, 2021
So glad to hear that Richard is finally out of the ICU. We’ve been sending prayers and positive thoughts your way. We are hoping that complications are less and progress will be steady as he moves forward
John and Kareen Miller
July 1, 2021
Sending you lots and lots of luck and a speedy recovery. Can't wait to see you back!!
June 28, 2021
Get well soon Rich
June 23, 2021
Richard CONGRATS!!!!! You and Rosario made it thru the transplant and I can tell you it is great afterwards. You will get stonger everyday, it does wipe you out but just take it one day at a time. You will be out of there in no time and into the apartment. You're probably in Blake 6 after the ICU and they are great people. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers! Your fellow transplant recipient, John (and Karen) Miller