Help Jeffrey Veregge With His Fight Against Lupus

Hi my name is Claire Godbolt and my son-in-law, artist Jeffrey Veregge is currently hospitalized and waiting for a liver and kidney transplant. He has been critically ill the last 9 months with acute renal and liver failure caused by undiagnosed lupus. Along with the damage to his kidneys from the lupus, his liver was severely damaged from the chemo first used to treat the lupus. Since June 2021 he has been hospitalized 9 times for a total of 28 weeks and counting... His most recent hospitalization has been since January 30, 2022 and he'll be there until he receives both transplants and then moved to an inpatient rehab facility until he's strong enough to return home. 

He has a long road ahead of him but is determined to regain his health, strength, mobility and to get back to his family and art. 

The money donated will help go towards travel costs to the hospital and to his medical appointments, for any medical bills not covered by insurance, any medical supplies necessary for his ongoing care, and for any living expenses while Jeffrey is unable to work. His wife, my daughter Christina, had to take a leave of absence from her job at Kingston High School in September to care for him full time. They currently have no income and it could be up to a year before Jeffrey is strong enough to return to work full time. Any amount donated would be greatly appreciated by their family. 

Thank you for your kindness and generosity. Your donation is helping to shoulder a huge financial burden not many people are ever prepared for. 

Please keep Jeffrey in your thoughts and prayers. Updates will be posted as new information becomes available. God bless you 


   
  


 
UPDATE FROM JEFFREY'S WIFE
He was admitted to Harrison Hospital on Monday 6/21/21and Tuesday he had to be intubated and transported over to Seattle to Virginia Mason where he will be given specialized treatment.  My daughter Christina, their 3 children Morgan, Presley and Averee and Jeffrey's mother Connie are all staying at a nearby hotel to be close to the hospital. It's unknown how many days Jeffrey will be hospitalized.

6/23/21: He's sedated and on a ventilator. The doctors are trying to figure out what's causing the kidneys and lungs to not be functioning properly. They suspect an autoimmune disease, but haven't gotten confirmation yet. He's finally stable enough to have the biopsies done on his kidneys and lungs today. Both procedures were successful and Jeffrey did well during both. Those results will come in tomorrow and will tell the Dr's a lot. He has had a blood transfusion and will have more if needed. He is having his 2nd round of hemodialysis and plasmapheresis right now to filter his blood of the toxins and antibodies that are making him sick and removing his plasma and replacing it with clean donor plasma. He will have a 3rd round tonight and continued daily as needed. He's on heavy antibiotics and steroids. There was no evidence of sepsis so that's great news. His kidneys are producing some urine so that's good news and his potassium levels are now normal. They also found less blood in his lungs today compared to yesterday so that's positive as well. His EKG and heart tests were all normal, praise God.

That's all the info I have at this time. I'll update as I know more.

Thankfully, I'm allowed to visit him at this hospital. The kids, Connie and I are staying in a hotel a couple blocks away. I have been here at the hospital all day and will be here every day until he walks outta here. I'm not leaving his side. I've been holding his hand and talking to him. Telling him about all the love, prayers and support we've been receiving and that everyone loves him and needs him to get better. I'm reading him each prayer, message and text coming in.

Thank you all for the love and prayers. You don't know how much your prayers mean and how comforting they are. I'm so completely lost right now. He's been my best friend since I was 14...

Please keep the prayers coming. 

All my love, 
Christina 
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Organizer and beneficiary

Claire Coleman Godbolt 
Organizer
Grapeview, WA
Christina N Jeffrey Veregge 
Beneficiary