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Jun 22, 2018 Latest post:
14 hours ago
This past January, John was diagnosed with a rare disease called genetic auto-immune hepatitis combined with alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency. A team of doctors deemed that over the last 50+ years, his liver was quietly being damaged beyond repair, and that he needed a liver transplant. Since January, John has been in and out of the hospital, has had multiple procedures and many tests. As a family, we have struggled to manage John’s various debilitating symptoms. “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger” and that pretty much sums up the journey that all of us are on right now.
At 6:30 PM on Thursday, June 21st we received a call that will change our lives forever: a liver is available. John and I checked into the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, and an hour later and our adventure had begun! At 3:00 AM on Friday, June 22nd, the transplant team at UCMC made the first cut. By 8:00 AM he was out of surgery and into the ICU with no complications. He is expected to stay in the ICU a few more days (which is standard procedure for a liver transplant), with a total hospital stay of about a week -10 days. John is in great spirits and is already cracking jokes with the nurses. Meanwhile, Sarah and the Mock kids are taking shifts to be with John and keep him company.
His road to a full recovery will be a long one but his team of doctors are very optimistic. A special thanks to all our family and friends who have already reached out; our family has been overwhelmed by everyone’s kindness. All your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated.
We will update as often as we are able. Thank you!
The Mock Family , aka "Team Mock Flock"
Sarah Nicholas and Kate Amanda and Zach Charlotte and Logan Rebecca and Robert