My cousin who recently had a liver transplant is not doing well. She has had some after surgery complications that do not seem related to her liver. The liver seems to be doing fine but she has had some clots form that have blocked off the blood flow to parts of her intestines and now other complications have come up.
She has been unable to move one side of her body and had a very hard time spelling "world" earlier and it took her several attempts. Neurologists are being called in because the doctors working with her now don't know what is wrong at this point.
Please keep her and the family in your prayers and thoughts. Everyone is starting to get very downhearted and they are breaking down with fear and anxiety.
I'll update as often as I can.
I got a phone call last night and an email this morning which
provided this information:
Mandie got out of surgery last night around 9:00 (11:00 here in
TX) and the procedure took about 12 hours in total. The doctors
said she did great and was stable throughout the surgery. They
gave her 2 pts of blood throughout the surgery, so she lost very
She will be in ICU for the next several days and now our
concerns are about her recovery and we are constantly praying
that her body does not reject the new liver.
I don't have information on how long she'll be in the ICU and
then the hospital after getting well enough to leave ICU, but I
will keep everyone updated.
Thanks so much for your thoughts and prayers!
Mandie has been doing extremely well so we have not been getting as many updates, which is really a good sign. Her sister Mollie has been spending a lot of time with her in ICU and says that they have been having her move around some, she can see the swelling going down, and Mandie's eye color improving (her eyes and skin have had a green/copper color to them because her disease prevents her liver from filtering the copper out of her system).
She is expected to be moved from ICU this morning.
Thanks again for all the prayers!
As an update to everyone who was at Benchley Sunday night and to everyone else on the nast :)
My cousin Mandie who has been long awaiting a liver transplant received the call Sunday morning from the hospital that they had a liver match for her. She and her family have been at the hospital since Sunday afternoon awaiting the surgery. Since the child who is donating the organs is donating multiple organs, it has taken much longer than expected for her to get into surgery, but she is getting a very healthy liver so we are all very excited for her.
Mandie went in to prep for the surgery this morning at 9:00 Central time (she's in Seattle, so 7:00 for her) and will be in prep for about an hour before they drop her immune system low enough to do the transplant. She will be in surgery for most of the day so please keep her, our family, and the family of the donor in your thoughts and prayers today.
Thanks so much!
The family has finally gotten an official phone call from corporate...They will be moving to Chicago.
Just to give you a peak at what they're looking forward to, I thought I would mention that today's weather forecast is:
Light Snow and Windy
32 degrees, Feels Like 19
Winds 22 mph with gusts up to 35 mph :)
Definitely will be a White Christmas next year!
Kevin is doing well. Today in therapy he walked down a long hallway with only one hand supported the whole way! :) He is improving much faster than expected so we are all excited! Another surgery is scheduled for May to remove the plates from his legs that are currently making sure his legs heal back together properly.
Thanks so much for all of your thoughts and inquiries, but especially your prayers.