Sunday, May 16, 2010
TRANSPLANT!! The Best Mother's Day Ever
What an incredible day, and completely took us by suprise. Last night Tammy stayed ad the hospital with Landen, and I stayed at home with the kids. After breakfast, getting the kids and house cleaned up and relaxing for a little while we headed to the hospital. We arrived at Landen's room at about 2:30 to find Tammy talking on the phone. She said "Joe, I'm talking to Dr. Everrett, they may have a heart for Landen!" She put the Doctor on speaker and we listened as she explained the situation. She said that the donor's hospital had contacted them to see if we were interested. The donor had been involved in a very serious trama. Had been completely transfused, and was considered a higher risk donor because of the mass amount of blood transfusion and inability to collect conclusive results on all the labs normally run on donors blood. The cardiologist told us that she thought it was a good option, and wanted to know if we were interested. We of course were extatic, but wanted just a few minutes to discuss and pray. We asked the doctor to call us back in 3 mins. We walked into Landen's room, and knelt as a family in prayer to ask Heavenly Father if this was the right option for Landen. Before I could even get the question completely out of my mouth, an overwhelming feeling of peace and happyness rushed into me, and I knew immediately that we needed to accept the heart. Tammy felt the same exact thing. What an incredible, immediate answer to our prayer. It was amazing. 3 minutes on the dot and my cell phone was ringing. We told Dr. Everrett that we wanted the heart, 20 mins later she called back saying that it was done... Landen would be getting his heart tonight!! It was so tough waiting for things to get going, but just another chapter in our learning patience! At about 9 p.m. I received a call from one of the transplant coordinators saying that the donor family wanted to know if along with the heart, if we would be willing to accept a small stuffed animal.. we said of course. So we waited, and waited, and waited. Finally the call came in at 1:45 a.m. It was time to go. Landen was prepped and moved to the O.R. We gave him one last kiss and went to the waiting room, and here we sit... waiting again. Its 5:00 a.m. and we're waiting for another update in 1/2 hour. At 4:30 the nurse came in and told us that the heart was here, and that things were rolling along nicely. She also brought in a plastic bag with a small stuffed Lamb from the donor family. How fitting... the Lamb and the Lion. We are so greatful for the courageous choice of the donor family to send us the Gift of Life for Landen. We continue to pray for their comfort and peace at this tragic time in their lives. We hope that when the time is right they will feel comfortable with communicating with us, as we would love to communicate our love and appreciation to them and we'd welcome them to be as involved with our family and Landen as they would wish to be. We feel so at peace right now, and know that all this is coming together under the watchful direction of our Heavenly Father. Prayer works! We'll keep you posted. Thanks for all your Love, Faith, and Prayers!