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Kate Hearne- Hold On

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Raised by 170 people in 1 month
Created December 12, 2018
Laura Cordell
on behalf of Kate Hearne and her family
As Kate has been holding to life support at a Charleston, SC hospital. "Hold On" (words & music by Kate Hearne | Earthen Vessel Music (ASCAP)) is the newest song composed by Kate Hearne, and was performed by her on Fri., Nov. 2 (the day after her 29th birthday) at a Florence, SC house concert she performed with her dad and stepmom, Texas folk duo Adler & Hearne. (Heartfelt thanks to host Luke Lucas for capturing this priceless video). Click the link to listen. 

Story has been updated as of 12-20-18:
Kate Hearne, the youngest sibling of the Hearne/ Hoffmeister/ Creal family has been fighting for her life at Roper | St. Francis Healthcare in Charleston, SC since Wednesday, December 5, when she was found unconscious in her home. Initially, she was in the ICU there -- unresponsive while life-support measures were taken in hopes of improvement.

Over a period of 12 days and nights in the ICU she was critically ill, on a ventilator, on dialysis, and with brain damage confirmed via MRI.

As time marches on, and a worldwide loving and prayerful circle of family and friends rallies unceasingly to Kate’s side – she has been moved to a room in a caring step-down unit at the hospital, and hopefully on to a room in the hospital’s rehab floor very soon. Perhaps even by Christmas!

The extent of the brain damage remains unknown in some ways, though already our Kate is speaking and showing signs of her personality in the form of her caring thank-yous, her witty digs, sense of humor, etc. Where once there was only a thread of hope that there might be some reversal of the brain damage, now there is clear evidence that she is on the mend. Time will tell the rest.

We’re here to testify that Kate is a fighter and a survivor. She shows signs of great determination to recover from this harsh experience, and come out shining like new.

Kate has been surrounded by her family who are praying with her, for her and over her. She is being watched over by family 24/7 in addition to the watchful caring and expert staff at Roper | St. Francis Healthcare. In the early days of this journey, it was hard to know if Kate was even aware of family’s presence, though we all trusted that somehow she could feel the love that surrounds her from near and far.

Now, we know SHE knows we’re here, and have been with her since her first day in the ICU. We trust that our family’s presence is a contributing factor to her progress! (Thank you to dear family and friends who have facilitated a number of family members via travel and lodging expense assistance!!!)

Thank you ONE AND ALL for walking alongside us, keeping hope alive and staying positive. Thank you for your love and caring and PRAYERS for our beautiful and loving daughter, sister, aunt, granddaughter, niece, friend and band-mate.

A side note… Kate had been living in Florence, SC and moved to Charleston in early November to pursue an opportunity she was passionate about - her music of course. As many of you know, Kate has followed in her father’s footsteps and is a gifted singer, songwriter, guitarist and teacher. Through the years, many of us have been blessed with hearing Kate's beautiful voice and guitar, and touched by listening to her original songs and poignant lyrics. Such a gift she has shared with us!

As Kate improves and once she is able to care for herself, the updates posted here will continue as to her next steps regarding where she will choose to live and work.

First and foremost, we ask for your continued prayers and positive energy. We especially remain hopeful and positive as her kidney function continues to improve. And in the coming days as she is able to function independently from all the tubes and such, we especially pray that she can live dialysis free.

In the meantime, as we provide support and guidance to Kate as she recovers, there are a number of expenses the family anticipates. Any support you can offer is greatly appreciated.

P.S. At the beginning of this GoFundMe being set up by our dear family friend, we really had no idea what to ask for from a monetary standpoint, but Go Fund Me requires that we set a goal. We put the amount of $25,000 out there, but can adjust the goal up or down as we go along, and as stated above, will be updating everyone on Kate's condition here on the GoFundMe – Kate Hearne: Hold On page.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support.

A Winter Solstice weekend update | Saturday morning, December 22, 2018

[Please note we’ve updated Kate’s ‘Story’ on the home page of this GoFundMe to reflect her progress to date!]

And now -- an update from the longest night of the year…

Kate has been a patient at Roper St. Francis hospital in Charleston, SC for 17 days. Today is day 6 of her being in Stable condition. Much better than the 11 days in Critical condition in the ICU!

This past week Kate had surgery for a semi-permanent dialysis port (located just below the right side of her collar bone) so she can continue with the dialysis treatment until her kidneys are fully functioning. Already we’re so encouraged about this condition, and she is too. Though it’s been more than a little unsettling to wake up from her coma-like state in ICU to all sorts of tubes and lines and bells and whistles. One by one, these things are falling away to progress in little and big ways.

Yesterday, finally, the doctor has given us a possible time frame of at least three to four more weeks for her here as an inpatient in a Roper Rehabilitation wing once a bed opens up for her there. In the meantime, she remains in the step-down unit. In the coming days -- on the step-down unit and once in the rehabilitation stage – she continues to be seen by physical therapists, speech and occupational therapists, doctors, neurologists, nurses. All attentive to her with caring and purpose toward helping her become independent once more.

For the time being, Kate’s swallowing muscles are relearning how to swallow and she remains on only pureed food and thickened beverages. We try to make it as palatable as possible for her and expect this limitation to her diet to be short-lived. Her speech continues to improve, and with assistance she is able to get out of bed, stand and walk. She is experiencing random tremors, especially in her legs, that we pray will subside with the healing passing of time.

Kate looks forward to watching the Cowboys game on Sunday with her dad Lindy. Last night she got to FaceTime with two of her sisters. Kate’s mom Cindy is doing a heroic job on so many levels, especially with the all-consuming and over-whelming amount of paperwork that must be filed for this, that and the other for Kate’s coming days. And in the wee hours of this morning when stepmom Lynn was on ‘Kate Watch’ – Kate reached up, drew her in and patted her on the head saying “worry be gone.”

So there you go. Until the next update, dear friends, the days now begin to get longer – more LIGHT. Take heart. Worry be gone. And thanks be to God.

P.S. Thank you for your support of Kate’s GoFundMe, and thank you for sharing this link with your circle of friends.

Saturday, December 29, 2018
KATE CONTINUES TO HOLD ON AND HEAL! From beautiful Charleston with its palm trees and pines, gently waving sea grasses, radiant sunsets and the ever-present steady stream of prayers and good vibes washing over her -- Kate rounded a huge corner yesterday.

Since her life-hanging-by-a-thread ambulance ride to Roper on the night of December 5, her doctors and nurses have been carefully monitoring her 'numbers' related to kidney function. Yesterday (Day 23) her nephrologist "Dr. Henry" made the miraculous declaration "Kate no longer needs dialysis, and I'm putting in an order for removal of the permacath." Not three hours later, she was down in a surgical unit having the cath removed from just beneath her right collarbone.

NO MORE DIALYSIS.

It's a huge step for her body, and Doc Henry's announcement was rewarded by Kate with her biggest smile ever.

Also yesterday, Kate's speech therapist requested a modified swallow test, which she passed. For the first time in 23 days, Kate tasted pure unadulterated (NOT thickened) WATER. She has so wanted that taste and nourishment for SO many days. She is all ❤❤❤s and smiles.

THANK YOU one and all for your ongoing prayers as Kate continues to HOLD ON. She remains a patient on 6 East at Roper Hospital as she continues to heal, and awaits a bed to open up for her here on one of the hospital's rehabilitation units. Once there, the doctors predict she may need up to three to four weeks of rehabilitation. But at her current pace of progress, nothing will surprise us.

Regarding the photos attached to this update (taken by dad Lindy and approved to share by Kate), her afternoon activities yesterday included working on steps in physical therapy, and the day before -- trying her hands at guitar. Time and practice with all these things will bring results! 

For those of you who like to pray for specifics, Kate's experiencing numbness in her left hand and foot, and ongoing uncontrollable tremors in her arms and legs. The doctors are encouraging about these challenges healing in time, combined with all the physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and possible further neurological testing (as needed) that may come once in inpatient rehabilitation mode.

Kate has no problem speaking or communicating. She remains sensitive to noise and volume and light, but is so tolerant and kind and patient with all of it.

As always, thank you for walking alongside us, dear family and friends.

P.S. We'll post a mailing address for her once she moves to the rehabilitation unit -- hopefully any day now!!!

P.P.S. Our family is humbled and touched beyond words at the show of support to this fund for Kate. Please know our hearts' desire is to respond personally to each one of you with our thanks. That may take some time though, as we focus on Kate's care, paperwork filing, and logistics planning for the days to come -- even though we're still in one-day-at-a-time mode in terms of seeing exactly how Kate's future days and weeks are going to play.

This to say, THANK YOU, each of you -- family, friends, all. Your support of Kate means so much.

UPDATE: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Here's a fast update on Kate Hearne's progress since being released from the hospital on Tuesday, January 8, dear friends. Kate's making such good steady progress each day as her stamina grows and her strength returns. Ongoing therapies are in place, and she's safely 'nested in' with family in Fort Worth. Her spirit seems strong, happy, content to be home and working her way into this new year, this new life chapter, and this new version of herself -- which has been changed by what happened to say the least.

Last Friday night's benefit concert for Kate at Lola's in Fort Worth was a soulful night of incredible singer-songwriters, and raised $1,989 (the year Kate was born!) to add to her Kate Hearne Donation Account at Wells Fargo Bank). Those who wish to make contributions of support directly to that account can do so from any Wells Fargo Bank anywhere, simply by referencing the name of the account above. 

For those who like to pray with specifics in mind, Kate's ongoing challenge is her physicality/motor skills for her left hand and foot. And renewed strength on all levels. OH -- AND for the ideal living situation for her in Fort Worth -- something perfect and close to where she might be able to work some day as she currently has no car. Kate's doctors say she really should not be driving for at least "awhile."

The photo is of Kate and her dad Lindy Hearne with fresh haircuts and happy smiles because they were eating lunch at one of their favorite Fort Worth haunts: Mexican Inn! Stay tuned for more updates soon.

God bless you ALL for your caring and prayers.

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Update 9
Posted by Laura Cordell
2 days ago
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UPDATE: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Here's a fast update on Kate Hearne's progress since being released from the hospital on Tuesday, January 8, dear friends. Kate's making such good steady progress each day as her stamina grows and her strength returns. Ongoing therapies are in place, and she's safely 'nested in' with family in Fort Worth. Her spirit seems strong, happy, content to be home and working her way into this new year, this new life chapter, and this new version of herself -- which has been changed by what happened to say the least.

Last Friday night's benefit concert for Kate at Lola's in Fort Worth was a soulful night of incredible singer-songwriters, and raised $1,989 (the year Kate was born!) to add to her Kate Hearne Donation Account at Wells Fargo Bank). Those who wish to make contributions of support directly to that account can do so from any Wells Fargo Bank anywhere, simply by referencing the name of the account above.

For those who like to pray with specifics in mind, Kate's ongoing challenge is her physicality/motor skills for her left hand and foot. And renewed strength on all levels. OH -- AND for the ideal living situation for her in Fort Worth -- something perfect and close to where she might be able to work some day as she currently has no car. Kate's doctors say she really should not be driving for at least "awhile."

The photo is of Kate and her dad Lindy Hearne with fresh haircuts and happy smiles because they were eating lunch at one of their favorite Fort Worth haunts: Mexican Inn! Stay tuned for more updates soon.

God bless you ALL for your caring and prayers.
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Update 8
Posted by Laura Cordell
23 days ago
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Saturday, December 29, 2018
KATE CONTINUES TO HOLD ON AND HEAL! From beautiful Charleston with its palm trees and pines, gently waving sea grasses, radiant sunsets and the ever-present steady stream of prayers and good vibes washing over her -- Kate rounded a huge corner yesterday.

Since her life-hanging-by-a-thread ambulance ride to Roper on the night of December 5, her doctors and nurses have been carefully monitoring her 'numbers' related to kidney function. Yesterday (Day 23) her nephrologist "Dr. Henry" made the miraculous declaration "Kate no longer needs dialysis, and I'm putting in an order for removal of the permacath." Not three hours later, she was down in a surgical unit having the cath removed from just beneath her right collarbone.

NO MORE DIALYSIS.

It's a huge step for her body, and Doc Henry's announcement was rewarded by Kate with her biggest smile ever.

Also yesterday, Kate's speech therapist requested a modified swallow test, which she passed. For the first time in 23 days, Kate tasted pure unadulterated (NOT thickened) WATER. She has so wanted that taste and nourishment for SO many days. She is all ❤❤❤s and smiles.

THANK YOU one and all for your ongoing prayers as Kate continues to HOLD ON. She remains a patient on 6 East at Roper Hospital as she continues to heal, and awaits a bed to open up for her here on one of the hospital's rehabilitation units. Once there, the doctors predict she may need up to three to four weeks of rehabilitation. But at her current pace of progress, nothing will surprise us.

Regarding the photos attached to this update (taken by dad Lindy and approved to share by Kate), her afternoon activities yesterday included working on steps in physical therapy, and the day before -- trying her hands at guitar. Time and practice with all these things will bring results!

For those of you who like to pray for specifics, Kate's experiencing numbness in her left hand and foot, and ongoing uncontrollable tremors in her arms and legs. The doctors are encouraging about these challenges healing in time, combined with all the physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and possible further neurological testing (as needed) that may come once in inpatient rehabilitation mode.

Kate has no problem speaking or communicating. She remains sensitive to noise and volume and light, but is so tolerant and kind and patient with all of it.

As always, thank you for walking alongside us, dear family and friends.

P.S. We'll post a mailing address for her once she moves to the rehabilitation unit -- hopefully any day now!!!

P.P.S. Our family is humbled and touched beyond words at the show of support to this fund for Kate. Please know our hearts' desire is to respond personally to each one of you with our thanks. That may take some time though, as we focus on Kate's care, paperwork filing, and logistics planning for the days to come -- even though we're still in one-day-at-a-time mode in terms of seeing exactly how Kate's future days and weeks are going to play.

This to say, THANK YOU, each of you -- family, friends, all. Your support of Kate means so much.
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Update 7
Posted by Laura Cordell
1 month ago
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A Winter Solstice weekend update | Saturday morning, December 22, 2018

[Please note we’ve updated Kate’s ‘Story’ on the home page of this GoFundMe to reflect her progress to date!]

And now -- an update from the longest night of the year…

Kate has been a patient at Roper St. Francis hospital in Charleston, SC for 17 days. Today is day 6 of her being in Stable condition. Much better than the 11 days in Critical condition in the ICU!

This past week Kate had surgery for a semi-permanent dialysis port (located just below the right side of her collar bone) so she can continue with the dialysis treatment until her kidneys are fully functioning. Already we’re so encouraged about this condition, and she is too. Though it’s been more than a little unsettling to wake up from her coma-like state in ICU to all sorts of tubes and lines and bells and whistles. One by one, these things are falling away to progress in little and big ways.

Yesterday, finally, the doctor has given us a possible time frame of at least three to four more weeks for her here as an inpatient in a Roper Rehabilitation wing once a bed opens up for her there. In the meantime, she remains in the step-down unit. In the coming days -- on the step-down unit and once in the rehabilitation stage – she continues to be seen by physical therapists, speech and occupational therapists, doctors, neurologists, nurses. All attentive to her with caring and purpose toward helping her become independent once more.

For the time being, Kate’s swallowing muscles are relearning how to swallow and she remains on only pureed food and thickened beverages. We try to make it as palatable as possible for her and expect this limitation to her diet to be short-lived. Her speech continues to improve, and with assistance she is able to get out of bed, stand and walk. She is experiencing random tremors, especially in her legs, that we pray will subside with the healing passing of time.

Kate looks forward to watching the Cowboys game on Sunday with her dad Lindy. Last night she got to FaceTime with two of her sisters. Kate’s mom Cindy is doing a heroic job on so many levels, especially with the all-consuming and over-whelming amount of paperwork that must be filed for this, that and the other for Kate’s coming days. And in the wee hours of this morning when stepmom Lynn was on ‘Kate Watch’ – Kate reached up, drew her in and patted her on the head saying “worry be gone.”

So there you go. Until the next update, dear friends, the days now begin to get longer – more LIGHT. Take heart. Worry be gone. And thanks be to God.

P.S. Thank you for your support of Kate’s GoFundMe, and thank you for sharing this link with your circle of friends.
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Update 6
Posted by Laura Cordell
1 month ago
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One of Lynn's favorite photos with Kate. Do you have a favorite photo of YOU with Kate? If so email it to lynnandlindy@adlerandhearne.com -- we want to make a poster of friends and family with Kate as a visual reminder that we're standing beside her.
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