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JOE McGOVERN’S LIVER TRANSPLANT JOURNEY

Joe McGovern has been a friend to many of us, a son, a brother, a husband, a father, a good buddy, a joyful New Yorker, a faithful companion.

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December 28, 2015

After two very long days waiting, Joe successfully underwent surgery to receive a new liver late Saturday, December 26th. He is doing well and recovering in the intensive care unit. It was Christmas with a full moon with all that goes with that in the hospital, and a donor liver that was coming from another hospital that was backed up because of unexpected trauma. So even though we arrived on Christmas morning in Miami to receive the offered liver, it wasn’t transplanted until the following night. We are grateful to the donor and their family for making this a Christmas miracle and a second chance at life for Joe.

December 28, 2015

That call we thought might never come came at 1:30 am this morning, a couple of hours after we’d returned from Christmas Eve dinner. We got to Miami three hours later, and Joe is resting while they find out if the offered donor liver is a good liver and a viable match.

It’s all Joe wanted for Christmas, and he even dreamed it would happen on Christmas Day. He was right. If this works it will be the best Christmas present ever. We need everyone’s thoughts and prayers turned to that at this time, and prayers for the donor and his/her family. Merry Christmas, everyone.

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January 25, 2016

Hi Joe, So thrilled to hear you are doing so well, I've known a lot of people who have been through a transplant and I know it is a very hard process. I've been praying all the way! Hugs, Lauren

Lauren Dees

October 14, 2015

Dear Joe, Hang in there, my friend. Times will get better.

Dave Bridgeman

October 14, 2015

Hello Joe, Kathy Riordan, an old and dear friend, invited me to extend to you my best wishes and prayers. I will be offering a Mass for your intention this week, praying that healing may fill you body and the Lord's peace will fill your heart. Fr. Dennis Lynch

Fr. Dennis Lynch

September 22, 2015

Hi Joe, We have not yet met, but I feel like I know you. I am Kathy's mother, and I live in St. George, Utah. Kathy has spoken of you many times, and always said pleasant things about you. I am so hoping and praying that getting a new liver will extend your life and give you the opportunity for much enjoyment in life. I'm looking forward to meeting you,

Karen M.