Heart Tansplant for Fred Francis
ed into emergency surgery which lead to 5 bi-passes. We thought it was going to be a simple surgery and he would be fine. We understood that all surgeries were serious especially when it came to the hart. What we did not know was how bad it really for him. After the surgery started it was stopped. The doctor came out and asked me to let him sew my husband up and let him say good by to his family. I was informed that he would not make it through the surgery. If he did he would not make it through the night. This took my breath away. The thought that my husband was so bad that wanted me to let him go. I remebered the conversation I had with my husband before they took him down to surgery. He told me that he knew where he would go if he did not make it. He said he was at peace knowing that he would go to heaven. I felt God telling me that he was his child and that he would make that decision and it was not his time. I told the Dr to continue to operate. That God would guide his hands. My husband was a strong Marine and would not leave me or his children at this time. I called our daughter to come in to see her dad.
I was so scared. It was hard to breath. Our family and friends were sitting in the waiting room. I informed them that the surgeon did not think he would make it. Some cried others hugged. I was numb. I sat with my dad and brother and prayed. The hours passed. After 9 hours The Doctor said he was in ICU. They did not expect him to make it through the night. He was still here with me that gave me hope. I could see my husband was not doing good. His vitals were really bad. I tried to hold strong and asked the questions I needed to know. They asked us to leave. I went home to do the hardest thing I had ever did in my life. I had tell our son that his father may not make it through the night. We cried what seemed like hours. Then we prayed together. At 3:24 am the hospital called me to say he coded. They asked me to come back to the hospital. When arrived the nurses said they could only make him comfortable. That he would not make it much longer. I sat by my husband and held his hand. The nurse prayed with me over my husband. I pulled myself together and started making phone calls. I knew that the only thing that pull him through was a miracle from God. I called Grace Gospell School, friends, family , Internet and asked everyone to spread the word. Please raise my husband up in prayer. His signs started getting better. God was performing a miracle. My husband was doing better but it would be a long road. He was out of ICU. They were afraid of brain damage due to being without oxygen for 12 minutes. He was himself just a little weaker.
Today one year later we are looking for another miracle.. He was just placed on the heart transplant list. He will not be able to leave the hospital until he receives a transplant. His heart is just to week. After the transplant he will need to be in the hospital for several weeks and then stay in the area for three to four weeks. The hospital recommended that we do fundraising to help pay for the expenses of the transplant. I am asking you to help us pay for all the expensives of the medicine, medical bills and all other expenses that we do not know about that is going to arise. If you can help we would greatly appreciate it Thank you.
This is so hard to do for most of us including myself. It is hard to realize that we are not in control. A person can loose everything in a split second. You actually think your are prepared for what is thrown at you. But when you do not know how you will pay your utilities, buy gas or even feed your family the reality of life hits you. I have learned one thing over the past year that is that God is there with us. Our past 2 1/2 years has been our of our control. I never knew when or how we would survive. But I knew one thing God was with us threw the whole process. God has showed me to leave it to him. I have left the hospital praying for gas money to return and money to get Dana some food. I would pray and cry in the parking garage not knowing if I could return. Fred never knew how bad things were financially. He was not to be upset. If you know my husband, he would have tried to leave the hospital to go work.That was not possible being in ICU. I would start praying as I left his room. I even stopped a few times and prayed with the parking attendant or the person driving the cart. God would lead me to someone to pray with who did not mind to stop their day and pray with a stranger. When I arrived home money would be in the mail. Just think for one minute. God laid it on Tyrone's heart to send us the money. He had to listen to God. It had to be timed perfectly to be placed in the mail. It had to go threw the mail and then arrive on that very day. God knew my needs before I did. He made sure I was able to check on Dana and return back to Fred.
Our God is so amazing. Thank you God for all you are doing to help us. Please continue to pray for us. Our journey is far from over. Please pray for Fred's health and our financial needs. Please pray that we can continue to witness to other about Gods Amazing Grace. Your support and kindness means the world to us. Thank you.
It will be 5 months tomorrow that Fred received his transplant. Fred is doing good. We went yesterday for tests. His kidney's are functioning in the right perimeters. The blood clot in his leg is still dissolving. A lot of people have thought since he has a new heart everything would be wonderful. We still have bi-weekly Dr appointments in Lexington. We spend a minimum of 2 night a week in Lexington . I drive down on Monday's to get medicine when he does not have a appointment. We are in Lexington at least 3 Mondays a month. It is a miracle. I do not see how anyone can not believe in God. He has showed us miracles daily. We could not pay for the medicine if it was not through grace and people helping. Please pray for us daily for health and finances. This is long journey that God has placed us on.
glad to hear Allen is doing good. Will keep u all in my prayers