Carol's Transplant Team!

$18,410 of $20k goal

Raised by 113 people in 1 month
Dianne Forth
on behalf of Carol Trammell
 MONROE, WA
“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: ( http://www.liverfoundation.org/abouttheliver/info/aihep/)

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!
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Update 15
Posted by Dianne Forth
2 days ago
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We are close to the goal but still short $1,600. Kim is out of the hospital, recuperating at the apartment just a few blocks from UCSF your generosity made possible. Carol is still in the hospital, your prayers are needed! Thank you all and if you can, pass this on
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Update 14
Posted by Dianne Forth
8 days ago
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Through continued donations, love shown to Carol, Kim and Lonnie, we are now withing reach of the $20,000 goal!! Only $1,965 left to reach the top.

So incredibly grateful to all who have helped. If possible, please share on your facebook.

Thank you so much!
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Update 13
Posted by Dianne Forth
11 days ago
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Carol is out of surgery. Surgeon said all went very well and the new liver seems to be working fine! Kim has some pain of course but her first words were "I would do it all again." Relief, just sheer relief.
If you are so inclined, still short of the goal by a bit over $3,000.
Love and thanks to you all for your prayers and love
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Update 12
Posted by Dianne Forth
11 days ago
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Kim's went into surgery at @ 7:30 this morning, should be out by 1:00.

Carol entered the surgical suite at 9:45, should have her new liver and back to her room by 5:00. Obviously time is just approximate.

I will post more as news comes through. Prayers, loving thoughts and energy appreciated.
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Dyan Swader
24 days ago

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

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$18,410 of $20k goal

Raised by 113 people in 1 month
Created March 4, 2017
Dianne Forth  
on behalf of Carol Trammell
SH
$100
Suzie Helley
8 days ago
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2

God bless you Kimmy! God bless your friend, so wonderful that you are both doing better, prayers for continued wellness. <3

JB
$50
Jim Bulger
11 days ago
2
2

♥ Speedy Recovery wishes from 'Buddy' & the Bulger family.

PJ
$100
Pauli Jones
12 days ago
2
2

Prayers to both families for continued strength and healing! xoxoxo

$25
Lyndsey Taylor
13 days ago
2
2

I wish you both a healthy recovery and successful transplant! What a gift to have each other!

TB
$105
Trudy & Ray Bly
13 days ago
2
2

We are keeping you and your family in our prayers.

AA
$500
Adam Allen
13 days ago
2
2

Wishing you a speedy recovery! Adam and Vicki Allen

LE
$100
Linda Ellison
15 days ago
2
2

Loves and prayers

JS
$500
Jeni Swenson
1 month ago
2
2

Prayers also sent : )

LJ
$100
Lana L Jones
1 month ago
2
2

Prayers to cover, God bless.

$50
Rhiannon550 McCarthy
1 month ago
2
2

The family will be in my prayers! Xoxo to you all :)

Dyan Swader
24 days ago

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

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