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Janet Needs a Liver and Your Help!

Janet Kafer, a thirty-six year resident of Simms and New Boston, Bowie County, has end-stage liver disease. Janet became seriously ill in December 2009 when she was diagnosed with acute liver failure, cryptogenic cirrhosis; 85% of her liver has been damaged. The doctors have determined that Janet’s only chance of survival is a liver transplant.

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October 3, 2019
July 18, 2019

Janet Kafer, a long-time resident of Simms and New Boston, Bowie County, has end-stage liver disease. Janet became seriously ill in December 2009 when she was diagnosed with acute liver failure due to cryptogenic cirrhosis; 85% of her liver has been damaged. The doctors have determined that Janet’s only chance of survival is a liver transplant.

On May 1st 2009, Janet underwent a liver biopsy. By June, she was at Baylor for evaluation for a liver transplant, and by September 2nd, 2009, she was approved and listed. Even with how quickly things moved in 2009, Janet is still waiting for a liver 10 years later in 2019. However, she continues to live her life with hope. She researches drugs that the FDA has not yet approved. Unfortunately, her liver has not regenerated, and has slowed down her kidneys and caused spleen swelling. Janet needs continued regular testing, and medications which can cost $35,000 and more. As Janet continues to wait, she receives no funds from Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and will not until she reaches 65 years old.

Janet and Timothy have come to realize that funding this life saving surgery is a monumental task and one that they cannot face alone. Even with insurance, there are many out-of-pocket transplant related expenses such as co-pays and deductibles, doctor visits, travel for testing, and the costly immunosuppressant medications that Janet will have to take for the rest of her life.

Janet needs your help now. Help to work a miracle.

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