Danita Lewis Transplant Recovery Fund

$9,110 of $10k goal

Raised by 97 people in 36 months
Brent Bowers   WICHITA, KS
Late in the evening of August 15th, 2013, Danita Lewis was rushed into surgery for a liver transplant, at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City. Although her surgery seems to have been successful so far, Danita has been unable to work and will be facing an extended recovery period where working will not be possible. Her lost wages, along with the huge burden of her medical and hospital bills will put tremendous stress on the Lewis family. Danita was afflicted by a rare form of a liver disease called Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (PBC), which slowly destroys the bile ducts of the liver. Although this may have been slowly affecting her for a long time, no symptoms showed up until late May 2013. The medical community has not discovered what causes PBC, and only the cure is a transplant. We are all so incredibly thankful for the organ donor who gave their life in order to give Danita a new chance for a healthy life. This page was created to help Mark, the assistant bowling coach for Wichita State University & Danita Lewis, an office associate for Wal-Mart, financially recover from a life altering medical situation. Any and all help is greatly appreciated!!!
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Update 133
33 months ago
Latest from the Lewis family,

We just got back from KU. Danita had two follow up appointments. One with the surgery team and one with her liver dr., Dr. Taylor. We left at 5:45am to get up there to get blood labs done prior to the first appt. On the way in to the hospital we saw Dr. Schmidt, one of the surgeons that did Danita's transplant. He was surprised to see Danita walking into the hospital, no walker.
Then at her surgical appt. Dr. Kumer, Danita's other transplant surgeon walks in, big smiles, to see Danita and told her how good she looks after being so sick. Then he comments on my Shocker gear, because he said he went to the basketball tournament at the Sprint Center, when WSU played.
He then checked her wound and said it looked good and that it is healed and does not need to be changed anymore.
We had some time between appointments so Danita and I went upstairs to unit 63 and unit 64 to say hi to the nurses and aides that were there. Lots of smiles from everyone. Lots of comments about getting to hear Danita talk.
The Dr. Taylor visit started rather late, but the good news is that Danita's liver and kidney numbers are still good. Her prednisone dose will go down again next Thursday. Her Prograf dose goes down slightly starting tonight.
Even though the blood numbers have been good, Dr. Taylor wants to do a liver biopsy next month to get a closer look at the liver.
She will continue to have blood tests done weekly to watch her numbers. As they look better, she will change and have labs done every two weeks instead. Her bilirubin today was .7. Normal is below 1.0 and Danita's last test before transplant was 34. Nice change.
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Update 132
33 months ago
Update from Coach Mark Lewis:

Happy thanksgiving everybody. Latest update is that Danita had an appointment in KC on Monday to check on the stent that was placed in her bile duct in September. It was put there because it was constricted after the transplant. They did another ERCP down her throat. The stent was not there. It had already passed through her system. They used some dye to check the bile duct and it looked good. Her liver numbers continue to be good. We go back this Monday for appointments with the surgical team and then with her liver doctor, Dr. Taylor. I'm on the road with the bowling teams for the first time this year. Taylor and Danita are going to her sister Debbie's house for thanksgiving. Obviously, there is lots to be thankful for in our household, not the least is all the people who have been there for us through everything these past few months. Safe holiday to everyone.
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Update 131
33 months ago
So-oooo close to our goal of $10,000!!! Please help us get there!!! The Lewis family is still fighting through recovery!!! Please help!!!
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Update 130
34 months ago
From Mark Lewis:

"One last night in a hospital. Danita will be discharged from Wesley Rehab tomorrow. She will continue therapy as an outpatient starting this Thursday.
We need to train more with regard to her blood sugar tests, insulin shots, and wound care.
Now we are trying to coordinate all she needs from rehab tools, diabetes materials, and her transplant drugs and appointments. One day to go!"
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Becky Hopkins
35 months ago

Danita, I just found out about this and am in a complete state of shock. I will be keeping you close in my prayers! I do know the transplant people at the KU Med Center are the best - you are in good hands!

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$9,110 of $10k goal

Raised by 97 people in 36 months
Created August 19, 2013
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Anonymous
33 months ago
$10
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33 months ago
$100
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34 months ago
LB
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Leslie & Parker Bohn
34 months ago

So happy to hear that you are back in Wichita!

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RR
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Rich & Annmarie Renollet
34 months ago

Praying for you daily. Come home soon!

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JV
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Joseph and Cindy Valenzuela
35 months ago

We love you......you are and always have been in our prayers.

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BH
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Brittni, Steve & Nancy Hamilton
35 months ago

Thoughts and Prayers to you

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Gordon & Cindy Vadakin
35 months ago
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Frank Barnhart
35 months ago
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Yelena Barnhart
35 months ago
Becky Hopkins
35 months ago

Danita, I just found out about this and am in a complete state of shock. I will be keeping you close in my prayers! I do know the transplant people at the KU Med Center are the best - you are in good hands!

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