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Transplant Type: Heart
On June 10, 2018 our prayers were answered and Tammy got the call for a new heart. She was nervous, excited, anxious, and every other emotion you can think of. We got to the hospital that evening and they started prepping her for the surgery. There was still a possibility that she wouldn't get the heart because even though everything looked good on paper, the doctor's had still not actually seen the heart to make sure it was in good shape.
They took her down to the OR around 3:50am on June 11th and told me that once the doctors arrived at the hospital to harvest the heart they would call back to the surgeons and let them know whether or not to start prepping her. I received a call right at 5am saying that they were moving forward and prepping her for surgery. I received another call around 7:45am that the new heart had arrived and they were getting ready to place it in and they would keep me updated. Fast forward to just before 11am when I get a call that the surgeons had just finished closing her up and they would be out to talk to me soon.
They told me everything went perfectly during the entire surgery and there were zero complications!! I could finally breath knowing that my mom was going to be okay. She ended up spending 3 weeks in the hospital before she was able to come home. They had to do make a couple of medicine changes and figure out why she was having severe migraines before they felt comfortable sending her home.
She is now on the road to recovery and has a long way to go but with the love and support from her family, friends and even strangers I know she will do just fine.
For the last 3 weeks Tammy has been admitted into the hospital for one thing or another. The first and 3rd time it was because her INR was too low and they needed to raise it up in case a heart became available. The 2nd time was because they thought she had pneumonia. Last week, the morning that she was admitted the last time they did tell her that they thought they had a heart for her but they didn't like the quality of the heart so they rejected it, as did other hospitals.
It has been a while since we last updated everyone on Tammy. On the morning of March 23, 2018 Tammy received the call she has been waiting on....they had a heart for her. It was originally offered to someone else but the couldn't accept due to an emergency and they wanted to know if she wanted it. Of course she said yes and we rushed to the hospital and waited. It seemed like forever before anyone came down to talk to us and about that time the transplant nurse came down and informed us that the original recipient had decided at the last minute to accept the heart. Disappointment and sadness set in but by the time we got back to the house Tammy accepted the fact that that heart was not meant for her. God has a plan and that just wasn't the heart she was supposed to have. So now we wait patiently for the phone to ring again.
Sorry it has been a while since we last updated anything about Tammy. Things have certainly been hectic through the end of the year with the holidays and things are starting to settle down and we are all getting back into a routine. Tammy was finally cleared in the middle of December to start driving and she is so excited that she is starting to gain back some of her independence. She has started back with her cardio rehab to start building up strength and endurance and it is kicking her butt a little, however, she isn't complaining about and she is glad that she is able to do it.
The severe pain that she had been experiencing the first couple of months after her LVAD procedure have almost disappeared and she is having more and more good days. With the weather being as cold as it is, Tammy is experiencing difficulty breathing and she just tries to stay indoors when it is too cold out.
Again, we all want to thank each of you that have sent thoughts, prayers and donations to Tammy during this time.
Tammy is still recovering quite well. She is having more good days than bad. The main complaint that she has right now is she is ready to drive. She gets bored and antsy just sitting at home all day. Thank you to everyone that has donated and showed support to Tammy through all of this.
Tammy had her LVAD surgery on September 26, 2017. She went through the surgery just fine and after almost 2 weeks in the hospital she is now resting at home. She still tires and gets short of breath really easy, which is to be expected for the first 6 weeks after surgery. She is learning how to adjust to her new lifestyle with the LVAD device.
Tammy Craddock is fighting for her life. In 1998, she was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy. This came as quite a shock to her as there is no history of heart disease in her family. Since her diagnosis, Tammy’s health has steadily declined. Soon, she will receive an LVAD (Left Ventricular Assist Device), which is a mechanical pump that is implanted in a person’s chest to help a weakened heart pump blood. Doctors say a heart transplant is critical to her survival.
During this difficult time, Tammy is grateful for the love and support of her children and grandchildren. She wants nothing more than to enjoy the simple things in life, like playing with her grandchildren, working in her garden, or walking her dog. But her illness causes so much fatigue, she can’t take part in those activities. More than anything, she wants to receive her transplant and have her health restored so she can be an active grandmother and enjoy time with her family. Tammy has spent her life helping others, but right now, she needs your help.
The average heart transplant costs over $1 million. And, that’s only the beginning. Even with insurance, which will cover a portion of the transplant costs, she still faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of her life, she will need follow-up care and anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very expensive, and they’re as critical to her survival as the transplant itself.
When she receives her transplant, Tammy may have to temporarily relocate to be near the hospital during recovery, incurring substantial expenses for travel, food and lodging. She was forced to retire due to her health issues, further adding to her financial burden.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Tammy. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the Texas Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 850, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write "in honor of Tammy Craddock on the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Patient Health Institute: Baylor Scott & White-Temple
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