Your Support is Needed
I am Dwight J. Crawford, a life long resident of the Asheville, NC community who received a gifted life saving liver December 4, 2015. I have become stable after multiple hospital readmissions following my surgery. Frequent travel to my mother hospital has brought me to realize how uninsured expenses created additional financial drains. Lula and I are now having to rethink how best to manage our finances and satisfy our creditors.
March 14, 2018
GO FUND ME
Hello Facebook family. Many of you are partially or fully aware of my health challenges. What is not known is the real impact on our finances.
December 4, 2015 I received a life saving liver after my liver failed. The failure also made my kidneys fail that has partially recovered and I no longer receive dialysis. Four hours into my surgical recover I had a bleed into the right side of my brain keeping me from being fully aware for two and one half months. Upon waking I required 6 months of rehabilitation therapy to maximize the use of my legs.
The surgery and recovery created a major drain on our financial resources that continue even today. Till now we have retain this information but now prompted to reach out to you my Facebook family for help. Any amount is a tremendous help.
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May 28, 2017
Hello, Help Hope Live community,
My update is long overdue and overwhelmingly positive. First, all credit goes to the Holy Trio Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then I must acknowledge my wife Lula and my family for their tireless support. Shortly I will unpack that but first, I must share.
In 1991, I received my diagnosis of chronic active Hepatitis C. The disease progressed year after year despite participation in numerous clinical trials and in research studies. I can truthfully and without reservation say that through my physician’s involvement in research, I have personally made a significant contribution to the Harvoni breakthrough.
As my donors are acutely aware, on November 17, 2015, I became critically ill with End Stage Liver Disease (ESLD) with a huge amount of fluid (ascites) in my abdomen and acute renal failure. I was subsequently admitted to the University of North Carolina (UNC) Chapel Hill Medical Center and at discharge was placed number one on the transplant list. Returning home, we (Lula my wife) were contacted in less than two weeks with the offer of a lifesaving liver. We will forever be extremely grateful to and acknowledged the significant loss of our donor family.
On December 4, 2015, the gifted organ was successfully transplanted to my body. Let’s unpack, about 4 hours post operatively I experienced a massive brain hemorrhage that rendered me cognitively unaware for approximately 2-1/2 months. Becoming really aware, February 14, 2016 (first miracle) I found I was being hemodialyzed with no appetite and loss of taste for food. Being the nurse I am acquainted with dialysis and its implications and anorexia I prayerfully asked God to restore my kidneys and appetite. My kidney function is acceptable without any need for further intervention except close monitoring (second miracle). My appetite is now normal, little weight gain but normal (third miracle). After months of rehabilitation and numerous readmissions to UNC I am home to stay as of June 2016. I am now walking 1/2 – 3/4 miles each morning and busy myself around the house (inside and out) daily (fourth miracle).
My surgery and multiple re-admissions pushed my medical cost to greater than 1.5 million dollars, covered mainly by insurance but still with required co-pays and other cost. Thank God for Help Hope Live and their assistance with raising and receiving funds that was then made available to me at critical times and went a long way to address medical, travel and lodging needs.
Now unpacked, I need to express how grateful I am to first my donor family then my Surgeons and their health care teams, my wife who remained by my side every step of the way, my family for their support, my many, many prayer warriors, my many donors and then Help Hope Live for their assistance and support to so many families in crisis.
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July 14, 2017
Oh my goodness! I have long searched for Mrs. Lula and just tonight, as I was clearing out my phone in preparation of getting a new one, I found your name, Dwight and was therefore able to 'Google' BOTH of your names and here I am!!! - I had the profound blessing of meeting your precious Lula in the middle of one very late night while most of UNC Chapel Hill was sleeping!! She and I were doing laundry in the tiny little room just outside of the PICU. - My daughter is an oncology patient and I did not leave her but for short moments. The short time spent with Mrs. Lula that night has never left my heart! She was so uplifting and I cherished our hour or two together! - I am so happy to read you are doing well and praising God for your lifesaving liver (and for the family who so selflessly donated it to you!) - Please give your beautiful wife my love! - Pam S. (living just across the mountain from you in Maggie Valley!) God's blessings!
December 15, 2014
Stay strong Uncle Dwight! You're in our thoughts and prayers for a miracle recovery.
Your favorite niece Nichole and family
November 12, 2014
You are always in my prayers! Sending positive thoughts your way and trusting God to guide you!
October 8, 2013
Hi Dwight - Just keep on trusting and believing and let God do the rest.
Gerlean Smith/Florence, SC