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1/10/2017 Latest post:
Last March, Don was diagnosed with IPF, or idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. It is a progressive lung disease that has a 1-3 year life expectancy. However, complications could reduce that number dramatically. He is currently on oxygen 24/7. His best hope is to undergo a lung transplant at Temple University Hospital. Currently he is undergoing a myriad of tests there to see if he qualifies. He has several tests on Tuesday, Jan. 10, and a heart catheterization on Thursday, Jan. 12. The following Thursday, Jan. 19, he and his support team will meet with doctors from various disciplines involved in the transplant procedure. Shortly after that, he will find out if he is accepted, rejected, or deferred for the procedure. If he is accepted, it may be a few weeks or months when a lung (or two) become available. Once the surgery is done, he may be hospitalized 4-6 weeks. After he is discharged he will need lots of support for 6 months to a year. We will be letting you know what sort of help is needed through this site. Don says, "Your prayers are valued and appreciated." (Message created by Andi Wingert, 1/9/2017)