Nate's New Liver
Who is Nate:
Nate is an outstanding Navy Officer. He received a Bronze Star for his active duty service and took a roll teaching young officers while in the Navy Reserves. He is loved by many for his sense of humor and positivity even through difficult times.
In late 2015, Nate was offered a job to help with Nuclear Energy regulation in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Although this was a wonderful opportunity for a young engineer, it came with the complications of living in a foreign country.
3 days ago Nate was admitted to a hospital in Abu Dhabi with a fever. In a bizarre twist of fate, his fever inexplicitly worsened into full blown liver failure, the cause of which is both unexplainable and unknown by the doctors treating him. Despite receiving this terrible news, Nate remained positive and would continue to joke with the hospital staff.
Over the course of two days, Nate's condition has significantly worsened and he is now medically unconscious with a machine breathing for him. The only hope for his survival is a new liver. The country he lives in not equipped to perform a liver transplant.
For Nate to get the treatment he needs to live, he must be flown out of UAE to Europe to receive a new liver. Currently, he is not medically stable enough to fly back to the US and be with his family. Through the chaos of this situation his wife, Erin, has been fighting to get Nate the emergency medical flight he needs to survive. She's leaving all their belongings behind and placed their beloved dog, Effy, in a boarding home to ensure Nate gets to a hospital that can perform the life-saving transplant.
How to Help Nate:
Although Nate has health insurance through the Navy Reserves, there are many costs of this hardship that are not covered. Your donations will help Nate and his wife, Erin, pay for the housing, costly hospital stay, and Nate's rehabilitation while he is recovering back to his former joyous self.
Nate and Erin were planning to celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary this month. Instead of celebrating, we are hoping to give Nate the opportunity to see his 6th wedding anniversary and many more.
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Please send Nate and Erin your prayers! Please help these two wonderful people and donate! Any help is appreciated. Thank you for reading this story. Our family welcomes any questions and will provide updates as we get them.
I love my sister and brother-in-law and cannot express my gratitude for your help enough.
We would like to invite you all to Nate's memorial service. The service will be September 7th at 10 AM at Arlington National Cemetery. This date was just given to Erin so we are still arranging details and we willpost an update when we get more information. Please feel free to share this post so it reaches all of Nate's friends and family!
Nate passed away peacefully today after his long struggle with liver failure and anoxic brain injury. His father, Gary Hall, my mother, Mary Blake and I were all blessed to be able to sit with my wonderful husband during his last hours. It's a blessing to see him at peace after months of turmoil.
Per his wishes, Nate will be cremated. I plan to lay him to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. The arrangements can take several months to finalize, so I will let all of you dear friends and family know the details as the time approaches.
Those of you who knew Nate personally know what an energetic, vibrant, compassionate soul he was and I hope you remember him fondly as such over the coming days. I have nothing but gratitude for all your kindness over the last few months. Thank you for everything.
“I wanted to reach out to all our dear friends who have been supporting us over the last few months. In all the craziness and stress of this terrible situation, I haven't had much opportunity to express how much all your support and kindness has meant to me. As many of you know, Nate's condition has been unresponsive to all the medicines the doctors at Walter Reed have tried. His brain damage is severe and cannot be reversed. His body is suffering from the months of stress. With the support of his family, I've made the decision to allow him some peace and pass away naturally.
I am writing this to give my personal “thank you” to each and everyone who prayed for us and gave us your thoughts, sent cards, visited, called and did everything possible to help us through the difficult times we have had. When we were scrambling to get Nate to a country that could perform organ transplants, your kind messages sustained my hope. I was so humbled to see how many lives Nate had touched, how many friends he's made around the globe. In France, your financial generosity meant I had a place to stay near Nate's hospital and didn't have to worry about buying a hot meal or much needed jacket in the colder climate. We got our dog flown out of Abu Dhabi and she was waiting in the US for Nate to come home for rehab after his transplant. And your support has continued to make the daily trials of this terrible situation a little bit easier. It shatters my heart that we were unable to save him, but we were only able to get as close as we did because of your support.
When you sit and watch your spouse in a hospital bed, you feel helpless. Your life changes instantly. You pray more than you ever have, you are so grateful for your family, friends, prayer chains, cards, encouragement and all the love that everyone and anyone sends out to you. Nate and I are so very fortunate to know each and every one of you.
Thank you for coming into our lives and giving us hope.”
We will continue to provide updates as things move forwards and we make arrangements....
Erin , I'm so sorry . We will continue to pray for you and the families during this time.
So very sorry for this sad outcome, but at least he is at peace after a long tough struggle. I hope something good can come out of his ordeal such as a better understanding of the disease and medicines used to combat it. Condolences to the family. May he rest in peace at Arlington.
Erin I am so sorry to hear about Nate. He suffered so long. He was a gentlemen and a wonderful nephew . My prayers are with you to help you during this awful time.god bless you and your family .
My heart is breaking for you guys. Nate was a great friend to me in grad school, and I'll always remember his kindness, wit, and great sense of humor! I am so, so sorry. Please let us know if there is anything at all we can do. Sending all our love to you guys.
We will continue to pray for you Erin and your family during this difficult time. I'm truly sorry . Sending love and prayers .
We are so sorry to hear this, our hearts go out to you all for everything you have gone through. We can't image Nate is so young. Still saying prayers for all
We are so sorry to hear your news. We will continue to pray and send healing hugs to you all.
Continuing prayers for Nate, his family, and his doctors.
Still praying for you Nate, Erin, Robyn and your family. You're not forgotten!
God knows every cell in Nate's body and has the power to heal him. I'm praying for a miraculous recovery. Some say people in comas and different stages of consciousness can still hear us. Please tell Nate over and over again that he makes a difference in the world. Not just his service in the Navy, but person-to-person as an instructor. He is genuinely and deeply invested in his students' success and his passion keeps spirits up when the going gets tough. I witnessed a student with some personal issues going on treat Nate very badly. This was daily for a couple of months. Nate never responded in kind, never treated him differently than the rest of the class, never wavered in his bright and energetic demeanor leading the class. Please tell him the world needs his light. And we'll all pray for healing for Nate, and strength and comfort for his family.
Thank you for all the up dates ,that's the first thing I look for every morning.so happy they are in the US .
We are so happy to hear that. We pray that he can make the trip safely.Erin must be so happy to be coming home.its a Christmas miracle .
Robyn, thanks for the continued updates, I haven't seen or spoken to Nate in years, but this situation has him on my mind frequently lately. A plan for heading stateside is good news. Continued prayers for Nate and the whole family!
Best wishes for a speedy recovery to a healthy condition so you can all come home and enjoy your families.
Happy Thanksgiving! We continue to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers! God Bless!
Omg keep fighting Nate . We are sending prayers your way
This is wonderful news!