Searching...

No results found. Please try modifying your search.

Keith has a life threatening liver disease (Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis) which has only one cure – a liver transplant.

Keith has dedicated his life to his wife, Renee, and daughter, Krystal (age 8). He wants nothing more than to watch Krystal grow up and one day have a family of her own. Keith often volunteers his time helping others and asks for nothing but a smile in return. But, now he needs your help.

Updates (37)

March 31, 2014

Keith has returned home. As if Saturday, his white count was above 4. He is feeling much better. He has a check-up in Pittsburgh on Wednesday to make sure the white count is still improving.

March 29, 2014

For those of you who don’t know, Keith was admitted to the hospital in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. He was running a fever and feeling really rough. After blood work, it was determined he needed to be admitted. His liver levels are all great, but his immunity was very, very, low. His baby white blood cells were at zeros s have not yet increased. The transplant team, gastrointestinal doctors, and infectious disease doctors all believe it is due to one of his medications. We are just waiting now to see if taking him off and changing a bunch of his medicine helps his white count return to normal. The doctors are very concerned about infection. They have taken many tests to rule out infection. they also have him on IV antibiotics to avoid any infection. As a right now, he will not be released until the white count comes back to normal. He is at serious risk of illness. He is not allowed fresh fruit or vegetables, no outside food, no open drinks, no flowers, and little visitors. Everyone has to wear masks around him and wash before entering the room. The hospital staff all wears gloves and gowns when they enter the room. He cannot leave his room and the door must stay closed. It is definately an adjustment. Trying to get Krystal to understand has been difficult. She wants to run around and then come in the room, but she doesn’t understand why she cannot until she washes up and wears a mask. I know she is just a kid, but it is very hard to get her to realize how sick Keith is and can get even worse if she brings any germs into the room. Hopefully the doctors discover what is wrong and we can all get back to life as normal.

Photo Galleries (2)

Loading Images

Guestbook

May 17, 2017

KEITH, MY NAME IS KENNY AND I ALSO NO WHAT YOU ARE GOING THRU. I MYSELF NEED A LIVER.AND GO TO PITTSBURG. I HOPE YOU ARE DOING WELL. I HOPE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HAVE ALL MY BLESSINGS. STAY POSITIVE.

KENNETH BACKUS

April 1, 2014

I really hate to hear that, Rene. Hopefully, they can figure out what is causing this latest difficulty. Meanwhile, I'll be praying extra hard for you guys.

Aunt Sandy

March 17, 2014

Oh no!!! I just read this, Renee. I haven't been checking this site since both Keith and Mike have been home and doing so well. I know that March 4 was a couple of weeks ago, so I hope by now Keith is feeling a lot better by now.

Aunt Sandy

January 27, 2014

That's wonderful news, Renee!! I was so glad to hear that they are both doing so well. Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aunt Sandy