Jeanne’s journey to a new heart

Update posted by Jamie Conners On Oct 19, 2015

Mom got THE call about 7:30 tonight. We took her to spirit of St. Louis airport for a pick up of emergency airlift at 9 pm. They were sweet enough to let me hitch a ride with mom and Jerry. We arrived in Dallas at midnight and she is going through all of the admission and prep steps now. Surgery is tentatively scheduled for 5 am (3 hours from now). Please continue the prayers and positive vibes for her. Prayers for my mother, the surgeons, and the donor lld their family.

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Update posted by Jamie Conners On Aug 29, 2015

As of August 6th my mom was officially accepted onto Baylor's list at a 1b status. She had to jump thorough hoops and wait for calls for 5 months. They have guesstimated 3-6 months wait given her antibodies. She will more than likely move to Dallas when the winter months arrive to avoid getting stuck here in bad weather when she gets the call. Fingers crossed that she gets the call before she has to go away from her kids, grandkids, friends. Thank you for all of your generous donations.

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Update posted by Jamie Conners On Jul 28, 2015

So, this is as much of an update as I have right now. Mom is scheduled to go to Baylor next week for some more mandatory testing before her official listing on their heart transplant list. She was informed by her listing coordinator that once she is officially listed she will have to travel to Baylor once a month until she is transplanted. This will give them a chance to make sure she maintains her same transplant status as well as monitoring her LVAD. Given that she has to be in Baylor or Barnes within 4-6 hours of THE CALL she is unable to take the 10 hour road trip. This means that she will have to fly to Dallas once a month and rent a car to drive to the hospital for her LVAD clinic. She booked her first trip and each time will run her approximately $400. We will know more next week once she has her appointment. Prayers that she gets accepted without a hitch and receives the call sooner rather than later to avoid months and months of flights back and forth and added expenses for her! xoxo

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Update posted by Jamie Conners On Jun 05, 2015

As many of you know I have been working hard to get a heart transplant through Baylor University Hospital in Dallas, TX. My plan was to move there and wait. Today I received a call that I will be listed but with my high antibody count they suggest I stay here and stay listed through both hospitals for the best chance. If they find a match before Barnes I will have to be air lifted to Dallas. So there has been a slight change of plan but the goal is still the same to get the best heart the quickest way possible. Thank you all so much for your prayers and especially for your donations to help us through this process. I am blessed to have generous friends and family. You will never know how much you have all touched my (unhealthy) heart.

So here we are. Discouraging to say the least but now we prepare for air travel and after stay in Dallas because mom WILL get her perfect heart. We will take as many prayers and positive vibes as you all can spare. My words literally cannot begin to thank each and everyone of you for you care and generosity. I have teared up several times the past few days. My faith in humanity has been restored.

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