Longtime Longview, TX resident Cuong Tran has been battling a deteriorating kidney condition for the past five years. Luckily, Cuong is a prime candidate for a kidney transplant and has been placed on the Baylor Hospital transplant list in Dallas, TX as well as the ETMC transplant list in Tyler, TX. A new kidney will restore Cuong’s quality of life by bringing him back to better health.
Cuong is 68 years of age. Originally from Vietnam, he and his wife immigrated to the U.S. in 1979 following the Vietnam War with nothing but the clothes on their backs. He has spent the past 36 years as a dedicated employee of Nucor Steel (formerly known as LeTourneau, Inc), where he is a torch cutter for steel used in off-shore oil rigs and large construction trucks.
September 15, 2017
Over the past month things have been positive and steady for Cuong. He continues to have doctor’s visits each week with Dr. Potter. The incision site for his kidney transplant has healed completely. The incision site where his peritoneal dialysis catheter is still healing. We never found out a concrete answer on why Cuong has extra fluid in his abdominal cavity, but there are no signs at this point that the fluid is excessive. Having been on dialysis for so long it is possible he had the extra fluid before the transplant but it was undetectable. The nephrologists are pleased with Cuong’s progress, so they have decreased appointments with the kidney doctor’s to once per month. Cuong has two main issues at this point:
1) He needs to gain weight. Cuong was always a very slim person, so it was no surprise that post-transplant he returned to his pre-dialysis weight. However, he lost more weight that anticipated. Cuong is eating a high protein, high calorie diet to try to pack on additional pounds. Three weeks of this diet he has yet to gain any weight, but he has not lost any weight either.
2) Cuong will be eligible to go back to work in 2 weeks. Please pray with us that he will be physically and mentally strong enough to return to his normal duties.
Please continue to reach out and contact Cuong whenever you think of him. Support from friends and family has played an important role in his recovery.
August 14, 2017
We had a positive and encouraging doctor’s appointment on Friday with Dr. Potter. Cuong has had additional fluid build-up in his abdominal cavity. The cause is unknown and after several tests specifically looking at the function of the liver, all test results came back negative and showing normal liver function. In another 3-4 weeks, a CT scan will be completed to see if there is still fluid in the abdominal cavity. Dr. Potter hopes the issue will resolve itself. As for right now, there is nothing else we can do.
Cuong’s new kidney continues to function well. In another 3 weeks, Cuong will no longer have a weight restriction and can begin working towards returning to work perhaps at the end of September. A lot can happen in the next four weeks, so his return to work is not definite. However, we hope his body will continue to heal and strengthen.
On Saturday, I (Uyen) visited with Cuong’s donor. He unfortunately is still in the hospital in specialty rehab. His health has significantly improved over the past 3 weeks. However, after dealing with pneumonia, he is not fully back to normal. He had been on a respirator for quite some time and completely unable to eat, so he is rather weak. Each day he completes some physical therapy and works with a speech pathologist to regain the ability to swallow. Once he passes a swallow test, he can move from a feeding tube, to soft foods, and eventually whole foods. Doctor’s anticipate that once he is eating normally, he will regain physical strength and kidney function.
We ask that you pray for our donor as he has sacrificed so much for our family. We hope he will be able to eat again soon as well as go home because no one likes being in the hospital for an extended time.