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Thursday, February 10, 2011

What a fighter!

Here is one miracle of hopefully more to come. Britney was actually weened off the ventilator yesterday. I am shocked. At this point her CO2 levels are probably the biggest concern and they will try to control them with a bipap machine. I believe it is truly miraculous to come off the ventilator after a week with only 11% lung function. She must be a fighter and has a great purpose in life that is yet to be fulfilled. I am happy for her and I can only hope and pray that she will survive off the vent and find a transplant center willing to give her new lungs cuz she needs them ASAP! Please pray for her continued journey and fight for new lungs.

I have recently been reflecting on how many wonderful and inspiring people I have been able to get to know since my transplant. I have made life long friendships and have gained so much from the strength and support of others. Unfortunately, it can also mean that we have to watch some of our new pre-transplant friends pass away, unable to make it to receiving lungs. But despite losing some we are still touched by their story, their life and their love that they shared with us. It is very difficult to understand why some are saved and others not, however, I don't feel like anyone loses in either situation. Being taken home to be with our Heavenly Father means they are no longer suffering here on earth with a disease ridden body. That is a blessing and in some cases it is the answer to our prayers. It's heartbreaking for the families who will miss their loved ones. It's hard to know that the technology and medical advances are available, but enough organs are not. Organ Donation saves lives. Lets all do our part in raising awareness. What better thing could you do in your lifetime than to save up to 8 other lives.

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1 comment:

Katy said...

I hope that Britney continues to fight and is able to get lungs as well! I was recently in the ICU with really high CO2 levels. It is very scary - and I fought like hell - so I know she must be a really strong girl as well! <3

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