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10/8/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge for George Cappadona. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support, continued prayers and words of hope and encouragement.
It has been a long journey to get us to this place. George was diagnosed with congestive heart failure four years ago. After a triple by-pass, we were told that the condition of his heart was so damaged, we should not expect much improvement. Over these last four years, we have experienced times of hope and times of hopelessness. Trying to find answers, I contacted University of Kentucky to ask about their stem cell clinical trial. We were accepted the end of last year and the procedure was done in January of this year. We continued to follow up with UK, but no real improvement was shown. In July of this year, they contacted me after they received the test results of George's last follow up visit. They felt that his only hope was a heart transplant. They started the ball rolling the next week and we began the evaluation in early August. We felt, with no uncertainty, that God had provided us with a detailed path and opened doors that we never dreamt would be opened. All that, has lead us to this place, one of hope for a new heart and a new life.
George was officially placed on a heart transplant list on Monday, September 5th, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. He is home, stable, and on continuous IV infusion meds to help keep his heart pumping, while we wait. Once we receive the call, we will fly on a private jet, out of McCullum Airport, to Lexington, Kentucky. We have a 3 hour window from the call to the hospital. George will stay in the hospital 2 weeks and we will stay in Lexington an additional 2 weeks. Our immediate need is prayer that the new heart will come soon. Needless to say, it is difficult to imagine the fact that someone has to die in order for us to be blessed with a new life. Our hope is that a blessing like this will encourage more to donate life.. I will continue to update this site, with any changes, going forward.
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Please note that donations made through this website do not go to George, but to the caringbridge site.
Just a quick update to let you all know what's going on. George's health continues to decline, a little each day. Without a functional heart, the rest of the body slowly but surely stops doing its job. He is trying his best to stay positive, but I'm sure you can all imagine. We are scheduled to go for a visit to University of Kentucky on the 27th of October, if a heart has not become available at that point. We suspect, he will be admitted and moved up on the list to a 1A status. I want to thank each and every one of you for your prayers, continued support and financial support. We are sure, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that God is in total control and look forward to George being able to work again and do what he loves most, be active! Love to all of you...
Update 10/3/16 George's appointment was moved up to this week. We are heading to Lexington on Tuesday for a Wednesday appointment. He may be admitted, and therefore moved up on the transplant list. Thanks for your prayers...