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.
Jul 21, 2016
Many of you have anticipated receiving information concerning the progression in my health. Some know and many others do not know that on December 3, 2015 Lula and I entered Memorial Hospital at Chapel Hill anticipating a life saving liver transplant. I was transplanted December 4, 2015 with complications that extended my stay to 88 days.Thank each of you for your prayers inquiries and support to my family. In Lieu of missing churches and individuals we simply want to thank everyone. In addition, a special thanks go out to the General & South Atlantic Conference of Seventh-day Adventist which we am an active members supporting many areas to include young people. In my treatment course Lula and I have witnessed many miracles and because of them our lives and those we contacted will never be the same. Always believe this one thing faith yield results, many times in our 3 months stint God has shown up and every time he showed up he has showed out.
I am happy to report that as of May 28, 2016 I have remained home without a readmission and as of the first week in June I am showing DAILY improvement. To God be the glory.
We are both so greatfull for those who assisted monatarily to make receiving this gift possible. If you are so impressed we ask that you continue your giving when possible. We love each of you and may God continue to richly Bless you.
Dwight J. & Lula T. Crawford
Mar 01, 2016
GOOD NEWS UPDATE: As you may already know, Dwight received the gift-of-life through a successful liver transplant surgery that took place on December 4th, 2015. Dwight continues to face setbacks,...
Mar 01, 2016
Many of you have anticipated receiving information concerning the progression in my health. Some know and many others do not know that on December 3, 2015 I entered Memorial Hospital at Chapel...
Dec 04, 2014
First We want to thank each person who has and will contribute to our fund raising campaign. On occasions We are asked by the transplant team concerning our fund raising success. They encourage...
Aug 09, 2010
Car Wash Today, August 8, 2010 was a hot but very beautiful day. It was the day of my first fund raiser, a car wash. The organizers were Ms. Elaine Young, Ms. Linda Sanders, Ms. Dasha Reed, Ms....
Jul 28, 2010
Update I appreciate the contributions to my transplant fund, well wishes and those who have just taken an interest in my case. I am still challenged to keep up a daily routine but need the...