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Give a HEART to Joey!

Joseph (or otherwise known as Joey), is a 20 year old young man who is best known for his beautiful and positive personality. He graduated from Rancho Cotati High School in 2021 and lives in Rohnert Park, Calif. with his Father-Steve, Mother-Vicki, as well as his older sister and brother – Haley and David.

Updates (4)

April 11, 2023

Well, Joey cranked up the motion during his stay at the Rehabilitation hospital. He ended up discharging last Tuesday, April 4, 2023. He and Vicki are now living in what is called the KOZ house AKA the Transplant House. It is where Joey will have the continued one on one support from Vicki in getting back into a home environment routine.

It is located close to UCSF. He will have regular lab draws/appointments, outpatient PT and OT appointments, and will have close access to the medical team. The transplant house has strict rules with only one person being able to stay with Joey. This is all to keep all the occupants/post-op patients safe from the multitude of germs out there.

Joey is a step closer to home!

March 15, 2023

On Saturday March 11th Joey was finally DISCHARGED from UCSF Hospital! He is now at an inpatient Rehabilitation Center near UCSF. Vicki and Steve remain with Joey in San Francisco and continue to rotate shifts. Steve is balancing this along with his work schedule and attempting to get sleep.

Prior to discharge and after the last update on 2/14/23, Joey had another one of those "two steps back" events. Before discharging him, they performed another ultra sound on the "psuedo aneurism" in his femoral artery, and to everyone's dismay there was a separate aneurism that developed. Joey had to have yet Another procedure. On Febuary 28th he had an extensive 4-6 hour surgery to remove the aneurism. After the surgery, he was on bedrest for about five days thus the "two steps back" with regards to his strength and mobility. This poor kid! After finally getting his bowels working again - he had much relief of nausea and vomiting and was able to eat again. Yay, Joey's good appetite is back.

Vicki reports that they have Joey doing Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy from 7:30 a.m to around 4:00 pm. Joey is working super hard, and at the end of the day is enjoying the good food and sleeping well at night. :)

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April 16, 2023

Rooting for you Coach!

Yulahlia Hernandez

March 15, 2023

Keep up the good work Joey!
You're AWESOME!!!

Sending healing hugs your way!
Love, Gail and Steve

Gail and Steve

February 26, 2023

Best of luck Joey!