Make Andie Kay OK
Hemochromatosis is a genetic iron overload disease that causes the body to store too much iron. Over time, this excess iron can ultimately damage vital organs. In Andie Kay's case, her heart and liver were damaged to the point that she required a double transplant.
Andie Kay was in and out of Parkland Hospital in Dallas starting March 2016. She was admitted to UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas in early August for treatment and to investigate heart transplant opportunities. She has been in the hands of some of the leading cardiologists in the world.
On September 6th Andie Kay underwent an 18 hour surgery to replace her damaged heart and liver. As of this writing, her body seems to be accepting her new organs and they seem to be functioning quite well. While she is on the path to recovery, her condition still remains very serious and she needs our continued love and support.
A little background on Andie Kay:
Andie Kay started her singing career as a very young child, performing at opry's and blue grass festivals across North East Texas. Over the years, she's worked as a backup singer for a "who's who" list of performers...Rusty Weir, Jim Lauderdale, Tommy Alverson, Eleven Hundred Springs, Mark David Manders and Max Stalling to name a few. She has harmony singing credits on hundreds of recording sessions across Texas. She has been the lead singer and co-songwriter for the band blacktopGYPSY for many years. She has entertained and wowed listeners her whole life with her sultry and powerful voice.
Needless to say, the health complications she is suffering through now have completely prevented her from being able to sing and earn money. She is facing a very long road and needs our help.
Funds raised here will be used to help Andie Kay with her mounting medical costs for treatment and heart and liver transplant as well as some day-to-day living expenses.
Andie Kay's case is uncommon and unique...much like Andie Kay herself. She is a rare and special person and she needs our help. We want to keep her amazing voice and spirit around for a long time. Please consider donating to this campaign and telling others about Andie Kay and hemochromatosis.
NOTE: Glenda Miller, (Andie Kay' mother ) will be handling the funds on her behalf.
I hope you're all doing well and are having a great 2017 so far. I just wanted to send you a little love note and get it in on my 5 month Birthday! It's hard to believe it's been 5 months since my 18 hr, heart/liver transplant! I have come a long way and I owe it all to you, my family, and my great UT Southwestern family. You have been such a huge part of my healing process and I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate you.
I spent my "birthday" at the clinic with a few of my doctors and nurses getting more good results. I am also getting ready for another routine heart biopsy tomorrow.
I have been improving every day since my last stay in the hospital in December. Here recently, I was able to start Cardiac Rehab, I drove to my Dr. appointments, and I even pumped my own gas!! How exciting! They're all less than a mile away. Haha! I'm not getting too crazy just yet, but it feels nice to regain a little freedom.
UT Southwestern Medical has been great about documenting and sharing my story. They released a video on their website today. I have included a link for it below. I hope that sharing my story will help people with my blood disorder be diagnosed sooner, will encourage anyone with any kind of symptoms to keep searching for answers, and give hope to people, letting them know you can go through what I've been through and survive!
Thank you so much for your love and support. I seriously couldn't make it through this without you. God Bless You! Be a Donor! ❤
I hope this finds you and your family doing well!
Wow! 2016 has definitely been a Whirlwind! Ha ha! No pun intended. It has been 3 mos, 2 weeks, and 1 day since my transplant surgeries. I am still in awe of your generosity. I'm still in disbelief of how sick I've been since March. I am still in shock that I even had a heart and liver transplant and I'm even more in shock of how well I'm doing in such short time.
I have just returned home after another 2 week stay at the hospital. Since the beginning, the Dr's made me fully aware that there would be several bumps in the road. I just hope the road gets smoother from here on out. I am just thankful to be feeling better and to be out of the hospital just in time to spend Christmas at home with my family.
Prior to this recent hospital stay, I was at home for exactly 1 month. My days consist of routine Dr. Visits, heart biopsies, filling my pill boxes, Home Health Phys and Occupational therapy, etc. I do find time for a little rest here and there and I got to get out of the house for 2 special occasions. I was able to attend a benefit concert for me and I got to spend Thanksgiving at home with family. It was the 1st time in a long time that I got to hear live music and see so many friends and family. That's what keeps me going. It was very healing.
YOU are what keeps me going!! I wish I could find a way to thank you for what you've done and continue to do for me. I depend on your donations for food, shelter, medicine, and all other necessities for living. You are just as important as my surgeons, Dr's, and nurses. I wouldn't be able to survive without you. How could you possibly be able to repay someone for something like that?
I still think about my organ donor every day. I think about their loved ones every day. I think about how hard it must be for them at this time, especially. This is the 1st holiday season they will spend without them. Please send them your prayers and please be a donor. My donor gave me the greatest gift I have ever received. I'll be allowed to reach out to the family in 8 1/2 months. I hope they want to meet me, because I can't wait to give them the biggest hug!!
Because of my donor, UT Southwestern Medical Center, and you all, I am here; able to walk and talk, and share my story. I just received a call 5 minutes ago informing me that Dallas' news station, WFAA, wants to interview me tomorrow. UT's video crew came to my house for an interview a few weeks ago. They even asked Heather and I to play 3 songs! Since I was the first Heart/Liver transplant patient at UT, I was asked if I wanted to consent to be a case study, and I did so, gladly! If only one person got their health checked out, or was saved, or one Doctor was more
educated because of my story, everything that I have been through would've been worth it.
I thank you all from the bottom of my brand new, healthy heart!!
Merry Christmas to you and your family! I wish for you a safe, happy, and healthy 2017!!
Lots of love and gratitude,
"7" has always been my lucky number. I was born in '77 and I got a second chance at life with a double transplant, and only had to spend 77 days in the hospital. I have a lot of Dr's appts, lots of meds, lots of rules ahead for a few months, but after 77 days, I get to sleep in my own bed tonight, and maybe even get to cook in my own kitchen in a few days. I am restless. I am ready to go somewhere; Marshall's, Target, anywhere. Unfortunately, I am not up to that just yet. However, I am very blessed and thankful to be getting stronger. I have no doubt that your love, support, and prayers got me there. Thank you, thank you, thank you.❤️
We know you have all been anxiously awaiting an update on our girl Andie Kay. What could be a better indicator of how well things are going than an update from Andie Kay herself!
So let's hand the mic to the lady in the spotlight....
I just wanted to say Hi and let you know that I'm still alive; Thanks to God, my surgeons, Dr's, nurses, and especially your well wishes and prayers.
What an experience! I still cannot process it all. I've been really busy and focused on everything they ask me to do to get better. Recovery is hard work!
They're not allowing me many visitors, as I'm on immune suppressants at this time. I do have a small, but mighty support team up here. My family and friends are so positive and encouraging, and are taking care of my every need. I am so blessed to have the best Mom, Dad, and Best Friend ever to take care of my business and keep everyone updated. Thank you all for being concerned about my well-being.
The timing of everything worked out so well. I am so thankful that I was able to sort of "attend" my benefit at Love & War through FaceTime.
Soon after that night, they had to put me on ECMO, then the transplant, and I don't remember much about that time. I do however remember the days after. I was in a lot of pain and very scared. They took me for emergency surgery for a little "tune-up." On the OR table, I was scared, I was praying hard, and I could see all of your faces at Love & War; everyone outside, on stage, at the silent auction tables, in the bar, etc. I prayed to God for my life and that I wouldn't let everyone down after everything you've done for me. I just want you to know that your love, support, and prayers played such a huge part in me pulling through.
I miss you all so much!! I'm used to seeing you every week. I can't wait to get back out in the real world! This is the 64th day that I've been in the hospital. Word is they're kicking me out and sending me to the rehab facility today!!
I'm definitely not missing out on the next benefit concert. I hope to see y'all in Ben Wheeler Nov 5th&6th! Who knows? Maybe they'll let me sing a song or 2?
I wish the English language had bigger and better words than "Thank You." You all deserve that.
Lots of love and gratitude, Andie Kay
We are all so happy you are doing so well....God is Good! We love you!
Great news. Happy to hear you are doing so well. Continued prayers for full recovery and soon. Love you. LD
I'm so glad to hear this from Andie Kay herself........getting to sleep in your own bed again.....yeah !!! That's great, so wonderful to hear all of this good news. Keep it up Andie Kay !!! We LOVE YOU !!! ☮️and❤️❤️❤️❤️.
Great progress. Makes me happy to hear you are movin right along. Hang in there and keep improving.!!
Finally got to read this update and was happy to hear that you're moving out of the hospital to rehab. The fun begins. Sending you prayers and hugs from Tomball
We love you and miss you girl! Praying daily for you and your support team. Will have blackberry jam and homemade biscuits to you by Christmas! Your voice, music and friendship has touched my life in so many ways. It's a pleasure giving back and seeing you get better. Can't wait to dance to your music again soon.
Praise our wonderful God. He knows and he cares. We are hanging with you, for total healing.
Oh Bless your Heart Andie Kay; I just now learned of your condition and battle. I am sending all my spirit of my heart your way honey; and as I play my steel guitar from this day forward; it is for you, music heals. I pray you feel better and your beautiful spirit travels this road and feels the love. Ricky Davis
You're one tough lady!! Keep kicking this thing's butt!! Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers!
I hate you had some set backs .. Sending prayers for your recovery...you got this
Lifting thanks for the successful procedures for Andie Kay. Mark and I continue to hold her in His loving embrace as her body heals. Much love and hugs!
Our thought s and prayers are with you Andie Kay.
God is good. Many prayers and blessings to all.
So glad to hear things are going well! Continuing to pray for Andie Kay and family. Big hugs and love. Gordon and Rhonda McCullough
Prayers for a speedy recovery and return to the stage. Joe&Karen
Prayers and positive thoughts for Andie Kay and family! We love you! Susie and Gerald
We are and have been keeping you in our thoughts and prayers, Andie Kay. Praying that God's healing hands guide your doctors, nurses and all of the medical staff, give your family strength and that your body accepts the gifts it is receiving and heals quickly. Lots of love to you, my dear. ♥ Mike and Anita Jones
Sending love and prayers your way Andie Kay!! What a glorious Day!!
Stay strong Andie Kay !! You can do this, our thoughts and prayers are with you. With great love, Mike Davis