The tale of the Transplant….

23 Nov

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

Kim xxxxx

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24 Responses to “The tale of the Transplant….”

  1. anne November 23, 2011 at 11:43 pm #

    Hi,
    I am praying with you to see that Kerry comes out strong. God bless

    Anne
    Oxford Brookes Uni student

  2. James Dingle November 23, 2011 at 11:47 pm #

    So fantastic to hear this, Kim. Such a relief, can’t quite believe it’s real. And apparently the new lungs were described as ‘magnificent’. Here’s hoping they perform well in their new home and there are no serious complications. Kerry’s been through so much, it’s impossible to comprehend, as you say. I’ve used the Donorcard link to sign up as I’d never got round to it before. This blog is a testament to the importance of doing this – I hope one day soon it’s opt out rather than opt in. So happy for Kerry and all of you. All our love, Jim, Maria and boys XX

  3. maria weston-dingle November 23, 2011 at 11:51 pm #

    Best news ever!
    (So far so good, fingers crossed)
    Love X

  4. Anonymous November 23, 2011 at 11:57 pm #

    Thank you Kim, I have to say, there are tears here, but they are happy ones. God bless Kerry in the days ahead and well done to you all. I hope you can rest a bit easier tonight.
    The biggest hug ever!
    Mim xxxxxx

  5. Alison Chevassut November 24, 2011 at 12:02 am #

    Thank you Kim! Wow! Amazing! And we will all continue to pray.. With our love, Alison xx

  6. Anonymous November 24, 2011 at 12:05 am #

    Thinking of Kerry and you guys, she is never far from my thoughts. I’m getting ready to Dougie with her at Vernons wedding next September!

  7. Cleve Chevassut November 24, 2011 at 12:09 am #

    Hi Kim, that is just such wonderful news! We have all been thinking and praying for Kerry (and all of you!) all day. You must all be very exhausted. We know the next hours are critical… Thank you SO MUCH for the brilliant job you have done keeping us up to date. With much love, and continuing prayers, Cleve.

  8. Anonymous November 24, 2011 at 12:18 am #

    I have just sent a prayer of thanks, I have never met Kerry but my daughter was at school with her and I know Tom and have been following her progress, I wish her all the very best for a future healthy life. R,

  9. Carolyn Eley November 24, 2011 at 12:47 am #

    Kerry, we have everything crossed for a speedy and safe recovery. Hugs to the whole family. Carolyn and David xxxxxxxx

  10. jess bouteloup November 24, 2011 at 2:10 am #

    This is just wonderful news Kim! Here’s to new lungs and a steady recovery, Kerry is the epitomy of strength and bravery and her courage shows no bounds! All our love and continuing prayers Xxx

  11. Karen November 24, 2011 at 2:25 am #

    Kerry, well done you little fighter. I pray your recovery goes well. Best wishes to all the family and thank you to the brave family who lost someone and gave Kerry a chance. Well done the surgical team. Karen xx

  12. William Cameron November 24, 2011 at 7:01 am #

    OMG Great news.Fingers crossed and praying hard! Thanks for all the updates.Your doing well Kim.

  13. Anonymous November 24, 2011 at 7:02 am #

    Dear Kim,
    What wonderful news, thank you so much and let us thank God for his unending mercy. Please give Kerry our love and of course to all of you especially your mum and dad. We will continue to pray for Kerry and all of you. What a wonderful answer to prayer.
    Thank you for taking the time to update, it is so gratefully received.
    With love and prayers
    Tony and Rosemary Coote and family XXXXXXXXXXXX

  14. Ruth November 24, 2011 at 7:03 am #

    Oh Wow! Such fantastic news.
    Come on Kerry …..keep up the fight just a little bit longer.
    We are continuing to hope and pray.
    Once again Kim thank you for updating this blog for all us ‘watcher/blogers’. You are amazing!
    Lots of love
    Ruth xx

  15. Jane Le Marchand November 24, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    Kim,
    How wonderful that Kerry has been given a chance. Please send my love to your Mum and Dad. I cannot even begin to imagine what you have all had to endure and will continue to endure in the weeks ahead. All best wishes and love.
    Jane Le M

  16. Anne Moodie November 24, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    I was praying for a miracle but can’t quite believe it! This is the best news ever! We will continue to pray & hope for her & for you all. You must all be totally exhausted after this roller coaster. We really appreciate you keeping up the blog Kim. Thank you. Our love to Kerry and to you all. Give your mum a big hug from me.
    Bangerxx

  17. Gerry Padden November 24, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    Well done Kerry, you should have been a boxer, you would have been a world champion , you are such a great fighter…….keep fighting lovely lady!!
    Thank you Kim for being a great sister to Kerry at such a tough time, please pass on our love to the rest of the Dingle and Maletroit clans. You all remain in our thoughts and prayers as Kerry goes in to the next round of her fight which is the recovery round………she can do it!!!

    The Padden gang xxxx

  18. Alexandra Egre November 24, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    Such wonderful news 🙂 Logged on to the internet as soon as I could today and searched straight away for an update. Will keep checking for updates and will keep sending happy and positive thoughts Kerry’s way and to Kerry’s family, also – you are all so brave and strong. Much love, Alex xxxx

  19. Eve Ruddy November 24, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    Amazing News! Have been praying my socks off and will continue to do so.

    Thinking of you all, lots of love, Evie xxx

  20. Joephine Monaghan November 24, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

    Dear Kim and of course Dear Kerry, what fantastic news, Dr Simon is an excellent surgeon and Kerry is in the best place, there is no other hospital like Harefield. Kerry is such a strong, positive and determined young lady, that she will amaze us all!! I hope Phil is taking lots of photos, maybe keeping a small diary as Kerry rests/recovers, as from my own experience, Kerry will have missed some important aspects of her transplant journery, and in the future if she wishes to do some press and magazine articles the photos really bring the situation to the forefront, and hopefully more people will sign up to the donor register. Take care and thinking of you all Love Josie xx

  21. Paul and Jackie Matthews November 24, 2011 at 7:51 pm #

    Incredible news, and so good to hear today that Kerry is doing well, sleeping soundly. She certainly has quite a few lost hours to make up for! Most of the staff at Beaulieu were praying for her yesterday, so it is fantastic to report good news so far, even if she has a mountain yet to climb. Jackie xx

  22. Anonymous November 24, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

    I can’t quite believe the news! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a stable recovery. Kerry, along with Phil and the rest of the family in my prayers. Thank you Kim for all the updates xx

  23. Mark W November 25, 2011 at 1:01 am #

    So glad to hear that that the transplant has gone ahead I am sending all my prayers for a uneventful recovery for Kerry
    Let me also send kind regards to all her family who must have endured the most stressful time while they waited. Thanks to Kim for the updates and I hope that things move on from strength to strength now that Kerry has new lungs
    Finally may I add my respect to the wonderful donor and their family that allowed this miracle to happen

  24. Mim November 25, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

    Hi Kim
    We are hoping that Kerry is doing well and you and all the family are bearing up well. We are continuing to pray for Kerry and really hope that she is stable and starting her recovery. She’s always on our minds and the family too.

    Lots of love
    Mim xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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