Ty Bricker

First post: Jan 24, 2021 Latest post: Feb 10, 2021
Our story begins with Jude’s sister Kelli Wright’s story! Please take a moment and hop onto her caring bridge  site for the full story. 

In September, Kelli and her husband Ben came to Minnesota to seek answers for a persistent issue with ascites, which is the belly cavity filling with fluids. After months of biopsies, tests and blood draws the hope was for a stint to be put in place to properly drain the liver.  We shared a wonderful afternoon reminiscing and reconnecting with Ben and Kelli.  Unfortunately, the surgery didn’t go as planned and actually triggered an emergency visit to the ER on Thanksgiving day. Kelli has been in University Hospital in San Antonio since.  

On December 21 We got  the word that Kelli  is in need of a liver and a kidney! Jude and I both signed right up to see if we could be a match. 

On New Years Eve I was asked to report to San Antonio Jan 4-7 for extensive testing to see if indeed I could be a living liver donor for Kelli. 

Let me tell you my liver, Lila, is strong! Due in part no doubt to the spinach, hemp smoothies Jude loves and makes for me most mornings! 
During testing I felt only peace and calm.

January 15 I was notified that I’m a great match and surgery was  set for Feb 2...our family began preparing in earnest...by cooking and eating all our favorite foods together while processing the upcoming changes! Cooking and eating together has long been a healing balm for the 5 of us. 

Then...Friday January 22 I got a call and was asked to move the surgery up one week to Tuesday January 26.  After being showered with prayer, well wishes and treats for Kelli and our medical team, we prepared to leave. 

Saturday January 23 Our girls sent us off with our favorite corn meal waffles at 3:15 Saturday morning!

Sunday January 24 we have arrived in Texas, to yes more food favorites...queso  and breakfast tacos. 

This is the beginning of a story that I hope points only to the mighty Hand of God that has had all of this planned all along! 

Jude will update this site as the week progresses! 

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