Hello friends and family, In February of 2017 Andre began experiencing excruciating pain in his abdomen. This pain was so hard to deal with we decided that he should leave his current job, stay home with our 2 year old daughter Emery and get better so he could look for another job in 2-3 months, so we thought.
He went to the doctor and ER multiple times and ultimately they told him he had what is called Auto Immune Pancreatitis, they quickly began running tests and making decisions. This went on for quite a few months with frequent ER visits and multiple prescriptions that never seemed to help. In October 2017 he was hospitalized for over a week which also included him being sedated and put on a ventilator for 2 days after he stopped breathing during a procedure to put a stint in his bile duct. This stint was supposed to open up his narrowing bile duct and allow a regular flow of bile to take place, giving the pancreas time to heal and stop working overtime. Things only got worse. He was in even more pain, having double the asthma attacks from the pain and was still in the Emergency room weekly. After that he was hospitalized again where they replaced the stint and kept him for a couple of days for observation. This time Emery and I had to stay home as they sent him off to Vegas 2 hours away. They finally discharged him after 2 days in the hospital but in a matter of 3 days he was back in the ER here in Kingman, AZ with even more pain and vomiting with a high fever. Fast forward to January, 2018 we finally got Andre into to see his primary care doctor. In this visit she expressed that she thought Andre now had liver failure and that the hospitals failed to notice this or simply never ran the tests. She did all the blood work needed and said she would be in contact with the results. We waited 2 weeks and finally had our appointment on Jan. 19th where she told us that the tests concluded that Andre, A healthy 25 year old father to an astonishing 2 year old little girl, did in fact have liver failure and would need a Liver transplant. But not only a liver transplant, but was also diagnosed with pre diabetes. She also advised that the cause of the Fatty Liver Disease was also from the untreated prolonged pancreatitis. She has referred us to the Arizona's top ranked Hospital and Transplant team which is located in Phoenix, AZ unfortunately that is 3 hours away from our home in Kingman, AZ. We will be traveling back and forth for appointments as well as eventually a liver transplant. There will be a lot of costs associated with this and I reach out to all of our friends and family with the question of support and love. Not only financially but emotionally as well. Emery and myself will be by Andres side through every bump, twist and turn through this very difficult time for him. Not only will we have to pay large amounts out of pocket for treatment and medicine, we will need to pay for the travel and lodging as well. Every penny helps, and again even if you cannot donate, please say a prayer, share a photo, comment or phone call. Make sure to tell the people you love that you love them every single day, Never stop supporting one another and make yourself available in this busy world with your busy life. It could all be taken or changed so quickly.