John Herzig, who grew up in Bartlesville and has spent the last several years as Superintendent of Schools in Shidler, Oklahoma, has met with a not-so-great situation. John, who is 58, and lives on a small farm near Enid, was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which is a terminal disease, and his lungs were carrying 36% of his needed capacity to live.
He had to retire early from his job, and began wearing oxygen full time a few months ago. John had been examined and was told that with his lungs, he should not expect to live past June of this year. He was then told that a complete lung transplant was necessary in regards to his being able to live.
He was checked and rechecked, signed up for it and began to wait. John received a call from the Dr.’s in Dallas a few weeks ago, and eight hours later was in surgery and had his lungs replaced. A donor was available and John was the willing recipient.
He has had mostly great luck with the surgery, and is now in an apartment in Dallas, for the next year, within 20 minutes of the hospital, trying to recover. He has had some setbacks with his body not accepting the entire transplant, but he continues to hang on.
Money donated here, is to be used for Johns subsistence and care throughout the next year. Except for the amount that the website takes, John will have direct access to any and all donations in their entirety.
This means so much as John's wife, Eutana, his two daughters Katie and Abbie and one grandson, Harry, are the reason he took the transplant, and living on that small farm in Enid will make the difference in the rest of John's life.