Matthew received "THE CALL' on the night of 12/23 and was on the road to Stanford a little after midnight.
At 6:00 am on Christmas Eve, they started hours of tests to ensure the donor heart was a good match. At approximately 3:30 pm, two nurses came in the room with Santa hats on and yelled "Merry Christmas Matt! It is a match!". The best Christmas present anyone could receive!
On Christmas morning at about 5:45, Matthew's new heart was beating. It is truly a Christmas miracle. Haylie, Matthew's niece, called it "Christmas magic". We all agreed.
Now, a week later, Matthew is out of ICU and starting the road to recovery. He is in high spirits and extremely positive. Both Matthew and Jaclyn can now plan their future together.
This family has been truly blessed.
I realize another family is mourning this Christmas about the loss of their loved one. They have given us the ultimate gift of life and I will be forever grateful. I hope that knowing their loss has given life to another provides some level of comfort in this difficult time.
I will do my best to keep everyone updated on his progress.
Dec 15, 2014
12/15/14: Had a great time at the Placerville Christmas Parade last Sunday. We rode on the Donate Life float which promotes organ donation and registration. Met some GREAT people! Photos are located in Matthew's Photo Album
Oct 06, 2014
Our first event for Matthew on October 4 was a success! Unfortunately, most of the pictures didn't come out (sorry!). A special shout-out to Stephanie, Matthew's little sister for finding the...
Sep 29, 2014
We have T-shirts for Sale! They depict Matthew's chest tattoo. See "Dinner and Live Music" Fundraising Activities for information on ordering. View image of the available T-shirts under "Matthew's...
Sep 17, 2014
Matthew continues to do well and is in good spirits. The doctors continue to monitor his condition closely and say he is in good health for a transplant.
Recently, he has been having some...
Jul 22, 2014
Matt is now spending most of his time in Palo Alto, CA. to be closer to the Stanford Medical Center.
He had a doctor's appointment last week, and his water balance is very good. The doctor put...