Jeff received his new heart November 11, 2013!! God is so good! We received the call Sunday morning the 10th. We packed the car and headed to Pittsburgh. Surgery didn't start until almost 12 hrs later. But he received a beautiful heart of a 46 yr old. When they put the heart in, it started pumping strongly on it's own, which is not always the case.
Jeff did remarkably well through surgery and post-op. The record in Pittsburgh for going home after a heart transplant was 10 days. Jeff set a new record in being released in 9! He's always been competitive! :-)
So we have started a new normal with his being home. We make weekly trips to Pittsburgh for heart caths for them to check pressures in his heart and to check for rejection. So far, everything is looking great! We have to be careful of bacteria and careful of viruses, so a lot of handwashing going on.
We are so thankful for each of you! For your prayers and your financial support! The journey will continue and we pray you continue to come alongside us.
Oct 22, 2013
Exciting news today! We received word that the transplant team put Jeff back on the heart transplant list! He will be given a 30 day priority listing, meaning that he will be first to receive a heart that becomes available. We are so excited about the hope that is being given with this opportunity. We ask for continued prayers through this waiting process and when the time comes for complete success in the surgery. We also ask for prayers for the donors family. This will be a hard time for them with their loss, although I pray we have the opportunity to someday meet and tell them how much we've prayed for them, they need to feel the prayers for their loss.
Thank you for your continued prayers on behalf of Jeff and our family. We look forward to sharing with you the news that he's been called for a heart soon!
Oct 18, 2013
Since August 12th, our family has been on quite a journey. On that date, Jeff went into cardiac arrest at home and had to be life-flighted to Pittsburgh. Even though he was in critical condition,...