HELP BRETT, A BRAND NEW FATHER FIGHTING 4 HIS LIFE

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HELP FOR BRETT, A BRAND NEW FATHER FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE
 
OVERVIEW
 
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we tell you that the day we have been dreading has arrived. Our beloved Brett Barnes went to the ER on Friday, June 28, has been in the hospital ever since, and will never leave unless there is dramatic intervention. His liver and kidneys are failing, and there is already such a buildup of fluid in his abdomen and legs that he’s needed multiple paracentesis procedures which have drained nearly a gallon each time. Brett needs a liver to survive, and for that the costs are enormous, which is why we’re asking for your help.
 
THE ORIGINAL DIAGNOSIS
 
Ten years ago, he was diagnosed with an awful disease called PSC-primary sclerosing cholangitis.  PSC is a rare auto-immune disease that attacks the bile ducts to your liver, and there is no cure. The only way to add years to his life is to get a liver transplant.
 
To say that the last ten years have been anything less than frustrating would be a lie. They would give a heavy drinker with cirrhosis of the liver priority over Brett, because his liver “wasn’t bad enough” yet. He’s had to deal with the constant pain of a malfunctioning liver, and it has been painfully devastating for those close to him. His own doctor cried when he first diagnosed Brett, because he knew the pain that Brett would have to endure.
 
BRETT’S RETURN TO HOUSTON AND HIS NEW FAMILY
 
Brett moved back to Houston from Los Angeles four years ago in the hopes of getting a liver transplant faster, but was given the same run-around here. He begged to get onto the transplant list two years ago, but was turned down because it still “wasn’t bad enough” yet.
 
Anyone who knows Brett could tell you right away that he is a fighter; he has always been the strongest person we know, and he has fought to move forward with his life even in the midst of all the uncertainty. Our family was so blessed when he met the love of his life, Cecily, got married in January 2018, and in December they had their beautiful baby boy, Mason. All of these things, he thought he would never have, because he had pushed them all away out of fear.

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 INSURANCE HORRORS AND THE FINANCIAL NEED
 
We come to you today with the biggest of challenges. Like so many people in the United States today, Brett is trapped “in between”... by being a hard worker, he makes just enough money not to qualify for health insurance subsidies or Medicaid, but not enough for decent insurance, especially since he has been in a dispute with his carrier for some time.  As a result, he does not have coverage.  We are working tirelessly to either get it reinstated or find some other governmental or charitable assistance, but in the meantime, we’re in a crisis.
 
Brett needs a whole liver transplant to survive. He is too far gone to receive a portion of a liver from a live donor and the hospitals will not help without a demonstration of financial resources in advance. The price of this is disturbing. We’re starting this GoFundMe at $100,000 but we will almost certainly have to increase it as we obtain more information. Everything donated will go toward the liver transplant and the already mounting medical and other bills resulting from ten days and counting in the hospital, with many surgical procedures already.
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HOW YOU CAN HELP
 
We are hoping for a miracle. Our family and friends are putting together everything we can. Nothing is too little to help save Brett’s life, so that his new bride can have her husband, and their son can grow up with a father. Please, if you feel this move on your heart in any way and are able to, we would beg you to donate and to share this campaign on social media. We would never be able to express our gratitude to you fully, but it would truly be infinite in our hearts.


 1 Timothy 6:17-19 

17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.
18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,
19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
 
God has this!!! For those who pray, we would be incredibly grateful if you would please keep Brett and his family in your prayers. Thank you so much for taking the time to read.

For Mailed Donations:

Founders Baptist Church
P.O. BOX 254
Spring, TX 77383

Please make checks payable to Founders Baptist Church and write "Benevolence" in the memo section.

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I know many of you have been awaiting an update on Brett's condition. I apologize for the late response but I haven't seen Brett since before his surgery Wednesday morning until yesterday afternoon. WHAT AN IMPROVEMENT!!!! Brett is still dealing with some residual pain and discomfort since the surgery. But his color is amazing. The jaundice is mostly gone, his skin color looks great, the color in his eyes is returning and he appears to be in good spirts. There is no question he has a long recover and a new lifestyle / regimen ahead of him but everything looks so positive. I am truly so happy for him and his wife Cecily and son Mason. From everything I've been told, based on how he does over the next few days, he may be going home soon. Your continued prayers and support for Brett and his family have been a blessing. From where Brett was a few weeks ago to everything that happened in such a short period of time, it is clear there was divine intervention. And on that note, I know nothing personal about the donor but I would ask each of you to please say a prayer for her and for the loss to her family. As I know more I promise I will share any updates with all of you. Again, thank you for everything!

~Gordon Barnes and family
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I know all of you are awaiting an update and I have great news!!!! Brett Barnes is out of surgery and everything appears to have gone as planned. Surgery went well; he still has some residual issues to overcome from his illness but the transplant went very well. He is currently in recovery and is intubated and sedated but his wife and my parents are with him and we are all very happy for him. I know he's not out of the woods yet but the biggest hurdle has been overcome. I want to offer all or you a big thank you; your support for our family has been amazing. It means a lot to all of us. I love you guys!

~ Gordon Barnes III and family
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Update! My brother Brett is going in as we speak for a liver transplant at St. Luke’s in Houston, TX. Thoughts and prayers needed for a successful surgery. Thank you!! ~ Gordon Barnes III
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Good afternoon. Following up to last nights post, I got a message from Brett at 2am that the liver was too small and thus not compatible. He shared with me that he actually felt relieved because if it's not a perfect match, the risk for failure is high and we don't want to see him have to go through this weeks or months down the road. So the search continues.

I would like to once again convey our immense appreciation and gratitude to the family that made the offer in a time of obvious pain and grief at the loss of their daughter. I ask all of you to please keep that family in your prayers as well.

As anyone that knows him understands, Brett is a fighter and he will continue on until the right match becomes available. We all hope that it's soon. Please continue to pray for him and to spread his story.

Thank you ~ Gordon Barnes and Family
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