My family and I received some news yesterday that was good news but still scary.
A close friend of Mandy's was enroute to a hospital in Pittsburgh, about to undergo a kidney transplant. A match had finally been found for her, the kidney was available. All that remained was for her to get there and have the surgery then wait to see how things transpired after that.
She -the recipient -called my son this morning to report to him that they surgery was done -all had gone well -and she was doing fine this morning!
Hip hip hooray, Hallelujah and Amen, ten times over (at least) again, Amen!
Lacey has been receiving dialysis for at least the past three years now. A young mother of two children, tiny in stature to begin with, she was down to next to nothing lately. It was becoming more and more imperative that a donor be located for her as soon as possible.
About two months ago, my son had decided he wanted to try to donate a kidney to her. He went through part of the testing process but was then eliminated as he wasn't a match for her.
So, it was back to the drawing boards once again for her and waiting. And waiting.
Until yesterday when she got the call to report to the hospital as they had a kidney for her and it appeared to be a good match.
Sadly, the family also learned that this kidney came from a gentleman who had just recently signed up as an organ donor and had taken his own life.
That one had died to restore life to Lacey is the difficult aspect of this process.
But the fact that person had thought enough in advance to designate what could be used of his body in order that another person would regain their health, live for how many years to come is the beautiful part of that man's life.
He's restored a mother to two children, a daughter to a mother, sister to a brother and life itself, with all the promises that come with that, to Lacey!
God bless you, whoever you were and may God be with your family and friends. May they know what a wonderful gift you bestowed on others and that will resonate for many years to come with Lacey, her family, her childre especially as well as with her many friends.
I know Lacey is not out of the woods yet -far from it -but at least one day after the transplant, she says all is functioning fine and she's doing great. All of us here just hope and pray that her healing continues on a good plane.
And God bless those wonderful doctors down in Pittsburgh too!