Tobias Rath

First post: Jun 28, 2022 Latest post: Dec 27, 2022
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Back Story:
On April 18, Tobias was admitted to the hospital. He had pancreatitis, pneumonia, ascities, and was later diagnosed with end stage liver disease. While in the hospital, they discovered a lesion on his liver. He underwent many tests and procedures to alleviate some of his symptoms. After a week in the hospital, Tobias was released to go home with referrals to specialists. 

A couple  of days later, Tobias was readmitted to the hospital, due to complications during his paracentesis procedure. They had punctured some enlarged veins in his stomach while inserting the needle to drain the fluid on his abdomen. 

After a month of seeing his primary care doctor to manage symptoms, and many ER visits,  he was finally able to be seen by the gastroenterologist.  Tobias was put on many medications to help with his liver failure and ascities. He had also been diagnosed with a pleural effusion earlier, but no treatments were done until then. The gastroenterologist ordered an x-ray of his lungs and discovered it was collapsed to about a quarter of it's size. He then began getting regular (2x a week) thoracentesis to drain fluid on his lungs (2 liters at a time) , and weekly paracentesis for the fluid on his abdomen. He was also referred to the Avera Transplant team in Sioux Falls (about 5 hours away). The Dr. said it would probably be 2 to 3 months before he was seen by them.

About a week later the transplant coordinator called and asked him to come in two weeks for the transplant evaluation.  Tobias is nervous, but very hopeful for this week-long appointment with the entire transplant team. His evaluation begins June 28th.  Please keep Tobias in your thoughts and prayers as he continues to fight for his life.