Family and friends of Brad Langford are raising money for the nonprofit Help Hope Live to fund uninsured medical expenses associated with transplantation.
Our lives changed forever on January 1st of this year. I was suddenly woken in the early morning hours to find Brad struggling, non-responsive, eyes open but not seeing. Peyton, home from school for the holidays, rushed to our bedroom hearing my urgent cries for help. Thanks to his quick thinking, level head, and recent training in CPR at the Citadel, he was able resuscitate his father and keep blood pumping through his body until EMS arrived to defibrillate (shock) Brad’s heart. We would learn that he was in ventricular fibrillation – an “electrical storm” where those chambers quiver instead of pumping. We spent a harrowing several days in the ICU with Brad repeatedly “coding” to then be shocked back into rhythm until they were finally able to stabilize him. His heart was structurally normal and arteries clear with no explanation for why this had happened. A pacemaker/ defibrillator was placed and Brad came home with a pharmacy of new medications. Little did we know that this was just the beginning of our nightmare and we would have to repeat this terrifying cycle numerous times over this year. It was also the start of an amazing journey of growth in our faith. We were just beginning to learn the full power of prayer and just how many people we have in our corner!
November 13, 2022
Today marks Brad’s 2 week journey with a new heart. His first biopsy showed ZERO rejection!! We’re praying that continues with the weekly biopsies he’ll have for several months. His kidneys are working properly again too so it’s been a good week! We’re praying he’ll get to return home soon. We met with our transplant coordinator, Chelsea today & I have to say, there are so many things to learn! Life will be challenging this first year & will never be as carefree but we’re so thankful to have this gift of time and life! We can’t thank you all enough for the love, prayers & support. We feel every bit of it. Please keep the donor family close in prayer and honor him by registering to be an organ/tissue donor!! Xoxo
November 9, 2022
Some big wins the last couple of days! Brad is stable enough to move from ICU to his own room on the general floor. The staff are still amazing and attentive but nice to have a few more hours of peace and a dozen fewer attached lines and monitors! Yesterday, he had the first post- transplant heart biopsy (which will be weekly for a while) and everything looked good thank God! Thank you all for continued love and support!
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December 31, 2022
Continuing to pray for you and your family.
December 25, 2022
On this Christmas Day, I am so thankful for my Son as he continues to heal from his heart transplant which took place October 29th. May God continue to watch over him and continue to bestow his healing hands on Brad as we begin the New Year...Thank you Lord. Amen.
November 17, 2022