Today was Natalies birthday. She would have been 25 years old. I had been looking around my laptop for some stuff and came across these photos and thought I would share.
This was the day that Children’s Hospital accepted Natalie into their living donor (living lobar transplant) transplant program. If they had not done this, we would have been bringing her home for “hospice” type care. This photo was taken about April 2004, I have exact dates somewhere.
Waiting for donor screening. That is her sister who was one of the donors. She was in the hospital in isolation for almost 3 monthe prior to the actual operation. Her transplant date was July 15 2004.
After transplant, about a year later. Summer of 2005.
Natalie’s useless lungs were completely removed and a lobe from each donor replaced them. A miracle. This is a very rare surgery.
Natalie died February 1, 2006 of rejection. I miss her.
Happy Birthday Natalie!