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The Hipolito Family

$55,170 of $60,000 goal

Raised by 269 people in 2 months
Created March 27, 2018
May 10 Update--please see the Update tab for a messag from Clyde and Joan--thank you!

April 12, 2018 Update:

Hi, everyone--I'm sorry to report that there's been a setback for Clay.  The new liver that Clay received is not working, and he is going to need another liver transplant.   This is a very difficult turn of events, and I know Clyde and Joan would value every prayer and good wish you could offer.

You'll notice that I've raised the fundraising goal here.  Clyde and Joan did not ask me to do this, but the fact of the matter is that Clyde and Joan will each have to be out of work much longer than planned.  You have all been so generous already, but if you can think of anyone who might like to donate who has not had a chance to do, please send the link to this page to them.

Thank you.

Susan

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 Our friend Clyde Hipolito is living through any parent’s worst nightmare—and he needs our help.  

Clyde’s baby son, Clay, has been fighting a life-threatening liver condition.  He is at the top of the transplant list and is currently hospitalized while he waits for a match.  

I’m asking you if you can help Clyde and his wife Joan by chipping in to cover some of the costs they are incurring as they try to spend every minute with Clay as he awaits a liver match.  The hospital is a 90 mile round-trip drive from Clyde’s home.  Parking and gas are expensive.  They would like to find temporary housing near UCSF Mission Bay so that Clyde and Joan could bring their older daughters and Clyde’s mother up to the city.  They are on a waiting list for temporary housing through UCSF but it’s been taking a long time. 

I’m sending this to everyone I can think of who has been the recipients of Clyde’s assistance—because now he needs ours.

Please give something if you can— thank you!!!  And if you can’t, keep Clyde and his family in your thoughts and feel free to send him a message to let him know you are thinking of him.  Also, please feel free to forward this to others who might like to help Clyde.  Of course, Clyde would never ask for our help himself but we can do it for him.

Susan Quinn
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Hi! Here's an update from Clyde and Joan--

Dear All,

Thank you for all your kind messages, prayers, thoughts and very generous contribution. The fund raised was totally unexpected and overwhelming. Joan and I have will never have words to fully express how thankful and grateful we are. It was very difficult for our family but all the love, support, prayers, kindness and generosity we received from you all kept us afloat and stay focused on important things. We never imagined how life-changing this kind of situations would bring to any parents until we experienced them ourselves first-hand. It was tough. We were devastated and crushed especially after we learned that a second liver transplant was needed to save Clay’s life. But we kept our faith and continued to believe and stayed positive.

Our baby Clay is now out of the hospital and is recovering better each day. Though he is not yet close to being “out of the woods” we welcome the new chapter of this long journey with ups and downs. We are looking forward to the light at the end of the tunnel as he heads to the right direction. Many of you kept in touch with us while we were at the hospital and some even paid their visits. We wanted you to know we always appreciated them and they meant a lot to our family. Many of you also offered their prayers... we definitely felt them and was proven not only once, but twice that miracles did indeed happen. Clay would not be with us today, if it weren’t from your thoughts and prayers. The first transplant on 3/29 was very much needed as he was already in a critical condition at the time and it spared my wife’s liver as an offer came along that afternoon, just shortly after she was officially scheduled for an operation. After that 1st transplant, we were able to see Clay without those yellow eyes anymore when he first opened them the day before Easter. But 9 days later, due to some complications with the hepatic artery where there was no blood flowing into the liver, a second liver transplant was really necessary. He was then put to A1 list, the very top priority across the U.S. Though we were devastated and crushed during that time, I tried to be positive once everything settled. I told my family that Clay would be OK, because at least, he is not too sick anymore to get another new liver. He would be in his best health possible when he goes in for another liver transplant. I had been the one staying with Clay at the hospital during that two-week stretch and I remember when I woke up that early Friday morning (4/15), I was feeling so positive and upbeat. I texted Joan then and told her that I do not know why I was feeling the positive energy that day. And sure enough, 2 hours later around 8:30 in the morning, 2 Surgeons came in to Clay’s room to announce that he had another liver offer and would undergo operation the following morning. We were so happy and at the same time, scared for Clay as there hardly was any baby that recently had to go with 2 liver transplants at UCSF, let alone Clay to have to go through with two transplants in about 16/17 days. It was a successful transplant although 2 days later the Surgeons had to make a “surprise operation” on Clay’s belly due to internal bleeding and issues with his roux limb which were eventually fixed later in the morning. Those turned out to be really good call by the Surgeons as Clay sped up his recovery process by a few days. And on 5/1, he was officially discharged from UCSF, after being at the hospital for 2 straight months.

Today (and for the past 5 or so weeks now), we have been staying at the Family House provided by UCSF. And as long as Clay continues to get better with labs results, we may officially get sent home to our own home this wee. Clay is on 13 kinds of medicines to ensure he doesnt reject the liver and that he thrives. There will be continuous follow ups and appointments including helping him to take milk again from the bottle. We have been feeding him through tube at this time. We are taking it one day at a time but we are blessed and thankful for all the miracles that happened to us throughout this ordeal.

Thank you again for walking along with us on this journey. We hope to be able to pay forward the kindness our family has generously received. We are forever grateful.
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Update today from Clyde:

Hello Susan, Clay’s 2nd transplant has been successful and is now recovering in ICU. It took them a little over 7 hours this time. We are taking it one step at a time and so far he is doing good.

Thank you so much for all the love and prayers.
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Hi--here's an update from Clyde:

Clay’s oxygen has been removed last night, but that will be short-lived as he will have another transplant soon. No offers at this time yet (although there may be some but the liver team/surgeons are probably being picky this time around as they want a perfect liver for him).

We are shattered, yet standing. Heart broken yet continuously loving. Crushed but persistently fighting.

Thank you for continuously praying for Clay. We believe miracles happen every single day.
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Hi, everyone! There's been a wonderful breakthrough. Clay received a liver transplant today and is currently recovering. Please continue to keep Clay and the whole Hipolito family in your thoughts.
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