Stephanie J. Soriano, 28, was recently admitted to the University Hospitals of Cleveland for Hyper-acute fulminant hepatic failure, better known as acute liver failure. With a rapidly declining liver and an increasing chance of death, doctors tagged her as a Status 1A patient, placing her at the very top of a 117,000 patient wait list for a liver transplant. If she had not received her new liver within the two days that she did, doctors stated that Stephanie could very well not be with us today.
A week prior, Sophia, Stephanie's daughter, had been diagnosed with the flu, and while caring for Sophia, Stephanie herself believed that she too had contracted the illness. This came at an unfortunate timing, as a trip to NYC to celebrate Sophia's sixth birthday was quickly coming up.
Stephanie began self-medicating with Tylenol during the day and Theraflu/Nyquil at night, as a means of recovering before the scheduled trip and as hopes to not miss any work in the meantime. However, she was unaware of the increased levels of acetaminophen she was putting in her system, and it became too much for her liver to bear.
On Wednesday afternoon, Stephanie luckily was able to reach out to her boyfriend and told him she needed to go to the hospital. When he arrived home to pick her, he found her lethargic, jaundiced, and begging for water, as she became too weak to get it herself. An ambulance was immediately called, and EMTs administered an IV and rushed her to the hospital, where she would learn of her condition.
Call it the grace of God, a divine miracle of sorts, or just amazing luck, but Stephanie is alive and well. Where it typically takes patients weeks to months after a liver transplant to be able to go home, Stephanie was able to walk out of the hospital in a matter of days. While the future of her health is looking bright, we need as much help as possible in financing that future, and that's where you, the reader, come in.
Donations towards Stephanie's fund will go to paying for her medical treatment, which includes bi-weekly visits to University Hospitals for lab work and over 25 kinds of prescribed medication that she will have to take for some time and some for the rest of her life. Paying for this ourselves will be a new challenge to surmount, as Stephanie herself will not be able to return to work for at least a year, meaning less income for our family. Every penny put into this fund means less worry and uncertainty for us.
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Thank you so very much for reading this far. You've already demonstrated a level of care for Stephanie that means a lot to her and our family. Whether you decide to donate, share, or do both, you will be providing a service to us that we will be eternally thankful for. Have a wonderful day, and thanks again.