I cannot quite believe I am writing this (and I wish Kerry had the honor of doing this herself) but……. KERRY HAS HAD HER TRANSPLANT!!!!! She is truly incredible!
At 7:30 am this morning we were told that some lungs had become available and they were to be tested in the next hour to see if they were suitable! At 11am Dad phoned to say that the lungs were suitable and that Kerry would be having the operation (we are extremely lucky that the surgeon Dr Simon was on duty as he was the one saying yesterday that he would still operate on Kerry despite the blood clotting!) Dad flew over to be with Mum. We were told that the operation usually takes around 6 hours but given Kerry’s critical state this would be more like 8 or 9! We were also told it was very risky and that this was her last chance.
We just heard at 10:45pm that Kerry, against the odds, is stable. She has her new lungs inside her. She is still on the ventilator, however the Ecmo machine has now gone! The next 48 hours are critical and she has a long road ahead, she is in no means out of the woods yet but at least now they are working with the new lungs! They said that they are cautiously optimistic. They have never performed the transplant on anyone in such a critical state and therefore her recovery will be riskier and slower and anything could go wrong at anytime- we will take each day as it comes. Harefield have been amazing and I can’t quite comprehend the surgery that has been undertaken, it is mind blowing- but we cannot thank them enough for all their hard work and time giving Kerry this chance!
So that brings us to now……. after possibly the longest day in the World, the best possible outcome for today has been reached. We, as a family and Phil, cannot thank everyone enough for all your support, kind words, prayers and thoughts- it means so much and has helped us and Kerry through this roller-coaster of a week (and all the crossing fingers, toes, arms for new lungs worked!!) Everyone keeps thanking me for the updates but it’s the least I can do, especially as so many of you follow this blog and care so much for Kerry!
All our thanks