Sarah Joy Richards

First post: Sep 6, 2019 Latest post: Feb 29, 2020
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Sarah Joy Richards has Cystic Fibrosis and needs a double lung and liver transplant. You read that correctly, Sarah needs 2 lungs and 1 liver to replace her failing lungs and liver.   
The process of a double lung and liver transplant is long and arduous. Sarah and her mother Pam Richards will live in Durham, North Carolina next to the hospital for months before and after transplant surgery.  Her father Geoff and fiance Todd Dresdow will continue to work their respective jobs in Douglasville, GA and visit as often as they can.
Per her transplant team at Duke, a specific timetable cannot be given because of the  unknowns surrounding when she will get suitable organs and how her recovery will progress. We have been told to prepare for at least 10 months post surgery and because Sarah needs lungs and a liver, her wait on the transplant list will likely be longer.  All together, a full year away from her home, family, friends, and pets in a different city during the hardest time of her life.