32-year-old brother Abe was a happy-go-lucky tough guy that was full of energy, married the love of his life with two beautiful young children.
A couple weeks ago, my brother's life made an unexpected turn for the worse. Shortly after returning from a family trip to our youngest brother's wedding, he began experiencing sudden and significant abdominal pain. He didn't think much of it as he presumed it would eventually go away; however, the pain became more unbearable, he finally admitted himself to the hospital where it was quickly identified that he had an acute liver failure and they immediately transported him to UCSF. Subsequently underwent an emergency liver transplant a week later. The surgery was a success & he is doing as good as can be. However, with such major surgery comes with major medications. The medical team has advised he will be required taking medications on a regular and likely permanent basis. He is going to be able to work again but not until some time later. Presumably 6 months to a year. He will require prescription medication for the duration of his life that is not covered through his health insurance.
During this unexpected chain of events, his wife has been by his side throughout the entire ordeal, while also caring for their two young children. It was recently discovered that his wife has been suspended & possibly terminated from her own job for calling in too much without compensation. She does not have enough PTO, doesn't qualify for FMLA & they won't approve her for leave of absence. With the uncertainty of Abe's condition and likelihood of ongoing medical treatment, along with the incurred and anticipated future expenses, their finances are being adversely impacted. During a time where their main priority is getting Daddy well and back on track. we do not want any of them to stress about money. As a family, we are doing all we can to help where we can. If you can find it in your hearts to help Abe, his wife and their two young children, we would all be so very grateful. Whatever you're able to give will help more than you know. Thank you so very much.
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