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.
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 25, 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 22, 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
October 13, 2015
Dear Joe, Hang in there, my friend. Times will get better.
October 5, 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 21, 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,