I have written before about my niece's husband. He received a Jarvik device some months ago to assist in keeping him alive while waiting for a heart transplant. This morning my niece Emailed me with the following request.
"D has been in Yale for the past 6 weeks listed in critical, but stable condition. The Jarvik device is damaging his blood cells causing a critically low hematocrit level. In a normal male it's between 45-50. Danny's is 18. The hematocrit is the blood density, and the density carries oxygen to all parts of your body.
There is a donor heart in North Carolina and Danny is the on standby as the secondary recipient, if for any reason the primary recipient can't receive the heart. We've been hovering now for the past 13 hours waiting for word if Danny will receive it. They've prepped him (and starved him) since 4:30 a.m. this morning. Its been an emotional rollercoaster ride, to say the least.
The most loving and giving thing you can do for him and for us is to pray that he receives a successful transplant soon.
Thank you for your prayers and friendship."