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Gift of Life for Joe

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Joe received a gift of life from a liver donor. He was in grave condition when he was placed on the top of the liver donation list. My family and I were notified they have a liver for Joe within 4 hours of being placed on the list. On the morning of January 26, 2014, I watched my husband being transported to the operating room with a team of doctors, nurses, techs and his respiratory therapist. I was extremely anxious because Joe's chances of surviving the surgery was very low. It was about an hour into his surgery when one of his doctors came to speak with my family and I. He said Joe's health was failing and they may not be able to proceed because it would not be fair to attempt giving a dying man a liver when someone else could survive with it. They decided to give Joe and hour or so to become healthy enough to proceed. About an hour later, I received the call from the operating room that Joe had bounced back and they were proceeding with the transplant. His respiratory therapist, Olga, told the transplant team to prop him up because fluids were pouring into his lungs and suffocating him. The transplant team set him up, transplanted the donor liver and for the next 5 hours my family and I prayed for Joe to stay STRONG. When his doctor came out and told us the transplant was a success and was already working, all we could do was hug each other and cry. Joe survived!!! Without the expert hands of his doctors, the dedication of his nurses, techs and especially his respiratory therapist, he may not have survived. Through prayer, I thank the donor and his/her family for the gift of life and for the many blessings the good Lord has given us. Joe's recovery has been long and challenging. He was diagnosed with colon cancer in mid July. They removed the tumor and he is about to undergo chemo and radiation as a precaution to a very successful surgery. I am so proud of how brave and strong Joe is. On behalf of Joe and his donor, I'm asking my family and friends to purchase a "bravelet" to raise funds for the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland. Please visit their website for information regarding the non-profit organization that we are seeking to support. My family recently participated in their 5k run to raise funds and awareness for organ donations. On behalf of Joe, Joe's donor and my amazing family and friends that supported me throughout this journey, I thank and love each of you. Joe has received the "Gift of Life". He is BRAVE & STRONG and he is my HERO!
My BRAVE & STRONG man passed away from Colon Cancer on March 18th, 2015. He put up a brave fight but with his liver meds and complications, he just could not win that fight. We prayed together, cried together and all of his family was with him as he took his last breath. I will always and forever love and admire him for how hard he fought and how brave he was. He was in a lot of pain and it hurt seeing him that way. He's in Heaven now with our Lord and Savior. I miss him and I love him with all my heart and soul. Thanksgiving was yesterday and it was hard on all of us. The upcoming days leading to Christmas will be tough. We will try and stay brave and strong but it's going to be a tough road. Thanks to everyone who prayed with us during his liver transplant, colon cancer fight and for all the out pour of love and support with his passing. I love you to the moon and back. Until we meet again......hugs and kisses.