Dear Friends, Family and Community,
This past February, our family, like many families, came down with the flu. Demond tested negative but exhibited symptoms. His condition worsened until he was admitted into the hospital. Demond was diagnosed with Viral Congestive Heart Failure and spent three weeks in ICU to stabilize his heart. Despite doctors’ efforts to treat this condition with medication and therapy, Demond’s heart has continued to get weaker. His doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center told us that the only option is to have a (LVAD), Left Ventricular Assistance Device put in to prolong Demond’s life until a heart becomes available for transplant.
May 7, 2016
I apologize for taking so long to update the site with my status.
Since coming home from my Lvad surgery in January. I have had a few setbacks which have place me back in the hospital several times. The challenge has been getting the right settings and medication to work together to get the full benefit from the Lvad.
I am back home and with the new changes we are praying and hoping to have found the right combination. I still am waiting for a new heart as the Lvad surgery was only to keep my heart from getting any weaker than it is. I’ve been told that I am competing with 6 other people who fit the same criteria as me. Decisions are made on who gets a heart based on status and best fit.
Again, I would like to thank everyone for their continued prayers and support. I hope to have a fundraiser function soon. Hopefully, I can see everyone then. I will keep you posted regarding this event.
January 6, 2016
UPDATE!! GOD IS SO GOOD! Demond’s doctor’s released him to go finally go home. We have truly been blessed for family that stepped up faithfully to take care of our kids and household while we where in Nashville we will be forever grateful! Thank so much for all the prayers,calls, texts snd thoughtful cards during this journey. Also we are so greatful for the Vanderbilt Medical Hospital team for everything that they have done. Please continue to keep us in your prayers as the process goes foward for God to bless him with a heart.
Love The Woodruff family
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August 8, 2016
Still praying for you my friend.
December 28, 2015
It was great to hear from you yesterday. You can do this...we've got your back.
December 21, 2015
Demond, I am keeping you and your family in my prayers... may God continue blessing you as you get stronger.
December 21, 2015
Demond, I am thrilled the surgery went well. I pray your strength grows daily and your daughter's Christmas wish is granted. Lashawn wants to send you a photo of Lizzie and the family. If you will send me your email address to my work email, I will forward it to her.