Monday, April 26, 2010

Happy Liver Day, Kasey!

Today is a very special day, you see exactly 20 years ago today, my daughter Kasey had her liver transplant that saved her life!   We are so thankful that God let us keep her with us and we are especially grateful, to the mother that was so extremely generous, to give Kasey the liver of her child that was hit and killed by a car. We will always be thankful for that selfless gift in the midst of her horrific tragedy!

These are just some pictures of Kasey,while she was in the hospital in San Francisco, awaiting her transplant.  She and I were there for 5 months.

Holding my baby!  I am so blessed to have her in my life.....I love her more than words can express!

With those big beautiful smiles on her face, you'd never guess she was in end stage liver disease,
in these picures. Of course, the fact that she is flourescent yellow, just might be a dead giveaway though. Her bilirubin was sky high and in fact, it actually reached 50 and
normal total bilirubin should
only be 1.
Andy and Michael came to visit! Kasey loved her daddy and her big brother to pieces, so she was so happy when they would come see us! It was very difficult being away from both Andy and Michael.....it tore my heart out, but the medical bills were piling up, so Andy had to work as much as he could. Bless his heart, he would drive 14 hours straight through on his days off, just to see us for a day or two and then turn right around and drive straight through, to get back home and sometimes he would have to go directly to work. 
Aw....Kasey and her daddy!
Another wonderful day when all of us were able to be together! *smile*

Hangin' out in the hospital playroom waiting for them to come and take her to prep her for the transplant surgery.  This was my last kiss before handing her over to the nurse........she was in surgery for 11 hours!  Andy and I spent the eleven hours in a small private waiting room.  We had Domino's pizza delivered (they were the only ones that would deliver to the hospital) and spent the whole time pacing the floor, praying and
just hugging each other. I'm sure you can imagine how relieved we were when the doctor came in to tell us that she had made it through the surgery!  We had to wait another grueling hour for them to get her all cleaned up in recovery, before they would let us see her. The first thing we noticed was her pale skin.....it was such a wonderful sight, after seeing her so yellow for 7 months.

7 comments:

  1. God bless you guys. Was that ever heartwarming. Thank you.

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  2. Incredible..what a miracle!! Not sure what nessitated a L.T. at such a tender age..but a very touching story of devotion and hope.
    Thanks!
    (I just did a liver cleanse (lol)!

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  3. 'As a mom I can only imagine the fear, the hope, the terror, and finally the relief..A great example for those thinking of donating an organ

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  4. Wow! That is an awesome anniversary to celebrate!

    Thanks for sharing with us! :)

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  5. Your photos are priceless, esp those of Kasey with her daddy, both of them smiling and laughing. Just precious. I'm so glad you were blessed with her.

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  6. Had a friend get a liver transplant this week and happened upon this page. Very sweet dedication. God Bless <3

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