Carol's Transplant Team!

$24,540 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 159 people in 29 months
Dianne Forth
on behalf of Carol Trammell
“I have been told this type of transplant is my best hope for survival” – Carol Trammell

Carol had a liver biopsy in 1987 which showed some damage but nothing too concerning.

In 1998, Carol needed gallbladder surgery. “I told my gastroenterologist about my1987 biopsy results. During surgery they decided to take a look at my liver and were surprised to find it was cirrhotic.”  A short time later it was determined to be Autoimmune Hepatitis.

“Autoimmune hepatitis is a disease in which the body’s own immune system attacks the liver and causes it to become inflamed. The disease is chronic, meaning it lasts many years. If untreated, it can lead to cirrhosis and liver failure.”                                                                                   Source: (

Carol was put on steroids and immunosuppressants for several years. Eventually she was taken off of the medications due to a dangerously low white cell count.

Carol has been listed on the registry for almost five-years for a cadaver liver. Her MELD   (Model for End Stage Liver Disease) score has not been high enough to get to the top of the list but her health has continued to deteriorate. Due to the shortage of donors many people die waiting.

Last year, her Hepatologist recommended a living donor transplant. “He referred me to the University of California San Francisco Medical Center (UCSF) because of their world renowned surgeons and the large number of this type of transplants they've performed. At the time of this referral Washington State was not doing living donor transplants.” 

Carol will be undergoing a living donor liver transplant at the UCSF April 17, 2017.  Her donor Kimberly is a long-time friend who wanted to be tested and is a match!

Both Carol and her angel donor will have to stay in close proximity to UCSF when released from the hospital for at least one month. If all goes well for the donor, she will be able to fly back home at that time. Carol may have to remain close to UCSF for a longer period depending on complications. Once she is given the okay, she will be staying in Gilroy at her caregivers home for the next three or more months.

All of the testing and travel to UCSF have been costly for Carol and her husband Lonnie. The funding we are asking for will help with travel, an approved two-bedroom apartment (one month alone can be as high as $8,000 in the area specified), food, supplies and possibly a rental car.

There are always unexpected costs, we are trying to set a realistic goal. We appreciate any help you choose to give, there is no amount too small or too large!
+ Read More
Your help is greatly appreciated, we aren't there yet but getting closer!
+ Read More
Little by little we are getting closer but still a long way to go. Please share with your fb friends and thank you all so much!
+ Read More
Please, continue to share, if everyone in your fb circle donated $5.00 or $10.00 we could reach our goal in no time!!
+ Read More
"I'm not sure what to say or do because I really hate having to ask for help. Everyone has been so wonderful and generous to get us this far in our journey." Lonnie (via text message to me 6/30/17)

Lonnie and Carol have given me permission to write the following.

Carol is doing relatively well, liver function is good. She has fought several infections, one that was severe enough she had to be hospitalized for several days with IV antibiotics.

They were hoping to come home this past week but the doctors want her to stay at least one more week, a drain tube could not be removed. Praying that the procedure will be done this next week and they can finally come back. At home, she will be closely monitored by her doctor here.

Lonnie had intended to come home within about two weeks of Carols surgery which was on April 14th to run their business, Countryside Sewing and Vacuum. The VAST MAJORITY of their income comes from the repair work Lonnie does on sewing machines, not just at home but in Seattle as well, NOT from sales. Without him at the helm, income has dwindled - it is now at the critical stage. They may have to close the doors which will be a disaster for them.

Due to several medical complications with Carol, and including Lonnie becoming ill and in the hospital for a short stay in Gilroy, CA., he has not been able to return.

It has been three months since they left and finances are at the breaking point. Please, PLEASE, pass on this request to everyone you know. These are two of the nicest and most giving people I've ever met.

Sincerely, from the bottom of my heart, hope you can continue to help. It really is getting dire for them. Sharing this on your fb page and asking others to do the same is the key. Thank you so much! Dianne Forth, neighbor and friend
+ Read More
Read a Previous Update
Dyan Swader
29 months ago

Daily prayers for you my sweet dear friend. Love you.

+ Read More

$24,540 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 159 people in 29 months
Created March 4, 2017
Your share could be bringing in donations. Sign in to track your impact.
We will never post without your permission.
In the future, we'll let you know if your sharing brings in any donations.
We weren't able to connect your Facebook account. Please try again later.
24 months ago
Sheri Winston
24 months ago
Janell Albrecht
25 months ago

I hope to see you soon!!!!❤️

Julia Armitage
25 months ago
amy martin
25 months ago
Sandy & Dave Scudder
25 months ago
Kevin Raimer
25 months ago
Marty & Linda Trammell
25 months ago
Sue Edwards
25 months ago
Janet Stocker
25 months ago

Sending love!

Dyan Swader
29 months ago

Daily prayers for you my sweet dear friend. Love you.

+ Read More
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now Not now
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.