Dear Friends, Family and Community,
My loving husband Cliff (Cliffy) Colbert is 46 and has been suffering from cardiomyopathy for 11 years. His doctors at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital have told us that a life-saving heart transplant is his only option. As a bridge to the transplant, Cliffy had open heart surgery to have a LVAD (Left Ventricle Assist Device) implanted.
July 14, 2016
Today July 13,2016 Cliff had another stroke incident which had impaired his vision and his speech. He woke up and said his vision was really weird (double/triple vision), I noticed his speech was slurred too. I immediately called the VAD team and we were instructed to head to the nearest ED. After many hours there he was transported to Philadelphia. They have run many tests and we wait. He has a patch over his one eye and that seems to help him focus.
July 6, 2016
Recently Cliff and I took a lovely trip to Maine. After a beautiful and long day of sightseeing thru that evening while sleeping, his Defibrillator fired. We called his medical emergency team and they treated him with extra potassium, told to drink OJ and rest.
He felt well enough to continue on with our trip. After getting to our next stop, his breathing became labored and I became more concerned, but he kept pushing himself and said he just needed to take his diuretics. He finally agreed to have me call the medical team when he said his vision was impaired and he had a headache. Well we headed to the nearest ED; The medical staff there were not familiar with the Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD), so they arraigned for him to be transported to Philadelphia by LifeFlight from Bangor, Maine. *See picture that was taken by his Flight Nurse. They were fantastic!
While still in Maine, he had a CT scan which was compared to the ones that were taken in Philadelphia. They confirmed he had suffered a stroke on the left side back of the brain.
Once back in Philadelphia at HUP and after being in CCU for a couple days; thankfully his vision has improved. We will follow-up with a Neuro-Ophthalmologist.
They also found an infection near his driveline. This is the area where the tube goes in his belly and is connected to the heart pump device, called HeartWare (Also called an LVAD). They are treating this issue as well and will put a piccline in to administer a steady flow of antibiotics. We will follow-up with infectious disease specialists when we meet with the VAD team for our monthly clinic.
Although this is a difficult time for us we are thankful that we are back at HUP for his treatment.
So with all this being said, please continue to lift him/us up in prayer.
Lovingly, Team Colbert!
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December 4, 2019
You're getting closer to transplant ready...keep up the diligent work! It's paying off.
December 31, 2015
Hi Cliff and Kim, Hope you had a wonderful holiday. Wishing you both a happy, and HEALTHY New Year!!!!! It was a pleasure meeting you both in the hospital when Jeremy was waiting for a heart. You both understood what we were going through because you were in a similar situation. We wish for Cliff a short wait for a donor heart as soon as he is able. Stay in touch and God Bless, The Beidlers
December 23, 2015
Hi Kim and Cliff, Thinking of you both. Hope you are able to enjoy being around family over the Holidays. Regards,
Liz and Mark Bernstein
December 15, 2015
an Immaculata friend.....God bless.