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Help the Polk Family with Medical Expenesses
$395 raised
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Terry is being treated at Baylor in Dallas for pancreatitis and kidney failure. He began dialysis on Thursday May 2, 2013. This page was designed to offer financial support for Terry and his family. Your prayers, web page visits, and financial ...
Terry is being treated at Baylor in Dallas for pancreatitis and kidney failure. He began dialysis on Thursday May 2, 2013. This page was designed to offer financial support for Terry and his family. Your prayers, web page visits, and financial donations are greatly appreciated.
In 1982 at the age of 14 when he tested positive for sclerosis of the liver. (Unknown etiology). In 1987 His stomach began to severely swell and was on bed rest 24 hours a day. The physician placed him on nightly IV antibiotics and stated that the transplant would happen sooner than later. His mother became his full time caregiver one day Terry went to his room, laid down and fell into a coma. He was taken by ambulance to Methodist hospital and then care flighted to Baylor. The transplant needed to be done within a matter of hours so he was placed on the emergency list. His entire family flew to Dallas because he wasn’t expected to live. Around midnight a man was killed in a motorcycle accident who had signed his donor card., he was a perfect match. Several complications occurred following the surgery. He contracted pneumonia, suffered a major stroke and returned to ICU for two more weeks. He received extensive physical therapy and was released on February 2, 1989.
At home he was in a wheel chair, needed full time assistance, and worked with an occupational therapist on his motor skills. About 1 ½ months later he began to walk, gradually regained his strength, and gained weight.
He has taken immunosuppressant and blood pressure medications for 25 ½ years. These medications are necessary to prevent rejection. In 2002 he suffered a second stroke and has never completely recovered. Since then he has had several medical procedures; a growth on his pancreases removed in 2007, synovial fluid removed from his right hand in 2007, left knee replacement in 2008, and eight broken bones in the last two years. A fistula was placed two months ago to allow access for dialysis. On March 27th, 2013 he had elective right knee replacement. (The pain was so intense he kept falling) Currently he has osteoporosis, kidney failure and is on dialysis, pancreatitis, and a cyst that may need to be drained.
Unbeknownst to Terry the Transplant doctors stated to his parents that he was only expected to live five years. At the time they had only performed 124 liver transplants at Baylor. Terry was the 124th and 15 of those individuals are alive today. Divine intervention, his very positive attitude, healthy lifestyle and a tremendous amount of support from family and friends has contributed to his life expectancy. He has courageously accepted every single life event and gives all glory to God. Despite all of the physical pain and hardship Terry has a genuine kind disposition. He continually thanks the nurses, doctors, visitors and technicians.

Sincerely,

The Polk family
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