Marie & Matt’s Story

Site created on June 2, 2018

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As you may know, my mom (Marie Ferraguto) had knee replacement surgery in December 2016. After the surgery, Marie acquired an infection that resulted in both of her kidneys failing. In February 2017, she began 3x weekly dialysis treatments and was soon declared a candidate for kidney transplant.

Matt was evaluated and approved as a kidney donor in January 2018. Despite Matt and Marie having different blood types, it turns out that Duke University is one a few hospitals in the country that will do a mismatched transplant, so Matt will be able to donate his kidney directly to Marie.

Our transplant surgery will be on Monday, June 11, 2018. The surgery will take 4-5 hours for each of us. Matt is expected to be in the hospital 1-2 nights, and Marie will be in the hospital 4-5 nights.

Matt's recovery is expected to take 4 weeks, and I'm hoping to return to work on July 9. Marie's recovery is expected to take longer--4-6 weeks.

We're very fortunate to have such a caring and supportive family and friends--Sallie will be Marie's primary caregiver during recovery, and Ann Permar (Sallie's mom) will be Matt's primary caregiver during recovery, with David Permar (Sallie’s dad) and Susan Permar (Sallie’s aunt) serving as backup. Matt's sister Terri will also be flying down to help both of the patients during recovery.

Sallie, Marie, and Matt will post updates on the surgery and recovery below.

Newest Update

Journal entry by Matt Ferraguto

Hello everyone! It's been a few weeks since our last update, so we wanted to briefly share what we've been up to and how things are going. This will likely be our last update on Caring Bridge (knock on wood), so on behalf of Mom, me, and our entire family, THANK YOU ALL for your incredible support and encouragement throughout this process. We're so fortunate to have you as our family and friends.

Marie and Matt are both healing well. Matt had a one week follow up and was told he didn't need to come back for 4 months! Marie's follow-up appointments continue, but are far less frequent. She got her staples removed last week, and next week will get the stent removed!

Matt returned to work today (Monday, July 9) after 4 weeks out. It feels great to be back, and I found these beautiful sunflowers on my desk from my coworkers.

Marie is back at her own apartment, and doing great. She even hosted her brother and sister-in-law, Herb & Rena for a week! Below is a pic from their visit.

Hope you all are having a wonderful summer. Thank you again for the cards, prayers, notes, phone calls, visits, and meals, which kept our spirits high over the last month!

Matt & Marie
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