Update on my friend Liz Carter (AR Member who had double lung and liver transplant)

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About a week and a half ago, my good friend Liz Carter had a double lung and liver transplant in the Houston area (St. Luke's Hospital).  Needless to say, this is a very invasive and lengthy surgical procedure, and the first few days seemed to be going better than doctors had anticipated.

I spoke a couple of days ago with Bill, Liz's husband, and he gave me some updated information.  As with most transplants of this type and scope, there was good news and less-than-good news at this stage.

Overall, the organs themselves are responding quite well so far, and the surgery took hours less to complete than they had budgeted.  After a couple of days, they took Liz off of the ventilator and she was awake sometimes, though not speaking yet.  He alluded to the fact that she was her typical feisty self, which was a positive sign.  However, they later ran some tests and determined that Liz had some stroke activity on both sides of her brain, and she was back on the ventilator.  Thankfully, they caught the stroke activity very quickly and this particular type of stroke is largely reversible.  Basically, it was a blessing that it happened while she was in the hospital, since they could treat her right away. They mentioned that there could be some residual effects (for example, one of her arms might not work perfectly, etc.).

They were relatlvely sure that the loss of oxygen to her brain was caused by a large mucus clot that she couldn't cough up herself.  Bill said that lung transplant patients can usually cough up stuff like this, but Liz was in so much pain because of her high tolerance for pain meds that she was unable to do it, so they had to do a bronchiotomy to remove it. 

As you can see, there's a long road to recovery ahead, including the anti-rejection drugs, along with the "normal" healing process.

Please continue to pray for our friend.  I hope to have more updates in the upcoming week.

I read a post by Marchel Peterson today which has some additional, new information about the ventilator:



In the photo above, that's Liz (in the red and white) with me and Ricki Eichler at my birthday party in 2008.

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Carole McCann
Hudson Heritage Realty - Washingtonville, NY

Sending prayers for Liz and her family from New York. Thanks for sharing this info through the AR family.

Oct 03, 2010 09:28 AM #47
Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

I don't know Liz, but she will be in our thoughts and prayers.  Hope she has a speedy recovery.

Oct 03, 2010 09:29 AM #48
Paul McFadden
Paratex - Seattle, WA
Pest Control, Seattle, WA.

Jason: Thanks for this. You're a great man to keep us all updated and she is in our prayers. Sorry I haven't called you about the P90x yet. Hopefully this week! Take care.

Oct 03, 2010 10:14 AM #49
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

I don't know Liz, but like everyone else, I wish her a speedy and complete recovery!

Oct 03, 2010 12:31 PM #50
Keith Lutz
Keller Williams Metropolitan - Long Valley, NJ

Hi Jason,

Good to have friends like you.  Prayers are with her.

Oct 03, 2010 04:30 PM #51
Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

I'll close my eyes tonight with a prayer on my lips and healing in my heart for her and for her family and friends.  This is such a difficult time. 

Oct 03, 2010 05:55 PM #52
Deb Harshman
Long and Foster - Christie's International Real Estate & Owner of Staged Home Decor - Potomac, MD
REALTOR & ASPMaster Stager, The Selling Advantage

I have said a prayer for her before this comment. I will keep her there in my prayers as many have said.  with the community prayers, she will most assuredly doing well soon.


Oct 04, 2010 12:22 AM #53
Marshall Brown
Mid America Inspection Services, LLC - Fargo, ND
In our thoughts, we wish her the very best in very trying times.
Oct 04, 2010 02:32 AM #54
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

Hey Jason, Thanks for the update. She's in our thoughts...

Oct 04, 2010 04:38 AM #55
John Cannata
214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

Jason - Thanks for the update. Please do keep us posted on how things are going with Liz. I have only spoken to her through posts, but I feel I know her.

Oct 05, 2010 11:59 AM #56
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

UPDATE FROM BILL, Liz's husband - 10-09-2010

She was given a voice box exam while I was there this evening, the vocal chords on the left side are not moving, her right one is doing a fair job compensating but her voice is weak and gravelly. The movement in her right leg and left arm are much improved. I'd say 80% of normal, however her right arm and left leg are still not functioning at more than 10%. This is really starting to bother her.

She has now been breathing, unassisted by O2 flow, for over a full day and O2 levels are well above average 95-97%, that brings a big smile to her face as well as mine. She still is on a feeding tube but hopefully this can be removed after swallow tests are done tomorrow. She has been under going physical therapy and has been sitting up for short periods of time in conjunction with leg exercises. If all goes well ,she maybe moving to the normal transplant floor in the next day or so. That will mark a big mile stone in getting out of the hospital and back home.

Oct 07, 2010 06:20 AM #57
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

Thanks for the update via Marchel-we contiue to pray here for Liz.

Oct 10, 2010 01:42 PM #58
Tracy Lee Parker

 I will be praying for healing and for Liz's family.

Oct 17, 2010 06:06 AM #59
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

UPDATE FROM BILL (Liz's husband):

I spoke with Bill for about 15 minutes yesterday afternoon, and he said that Liz's new organs continue to function extremely well.  She started on solid food about a week ago, which is apparently a big positive step with liver transplants.  The concern with her vocal chords is now something that they think may have happened before the surgery, but it was just never caught until now.  The mobility in her limbs is improving "pretty much on a daily basis" and they had her up and walking around a little bit, too.  She hasn't needed any supplemental oxygen at all for quite some time now.  Obviously, all of this is very encouraging. 

Bill mentioned that Liz loves to see people, so if you know Liz and want to visit her, she's at St. Luke's Hospital, just south of downtown Houston.  There's a chance that she will be going home sometime in the next week or two. 

THANK YOU for your continued prayers.  This is nothing short of a miracle that she got the needed organs (lots of matching has to occur - tissue, blood type, size, etc.) and that she's doing this well so far.

Oct 18, 2010 05:08 AM #60
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Thanks for the update, Jason.  I hope other folks find it here in this thread... maybe a new post next time?

Oct 19, 2010 08:49 AM #61
Paul McFadden
Paratex - Seattle, WA
Pest Control, Seattle, WA.

Jason: Thanks for this. You are an incredible man and friend. We are all praying for your friend and wish her a speedy recovery!

Oct 23, 2010 03:49 AM #62
Dan Tobias
Rodeo Realty - Northridge, CA
Northridge Real Estate Expert

Jason thanks for the update, and i`ll keep liz in my thoughts, and prayers

Nov 09, 2010 06:57 AM #63
Pam Sitterly
CRS Magnolia-Tomball Texas

Thank you for keeping us updated. Liz is in our prayers.

Dec 16, 2010 12:22 AM #64
Robert L. Brown
www.mrbrownsellsgr.com - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic

Nice to know God i all up in this recovery. Hoping your friend gets better day by day.

Jan 13, 2011 07:53 AM #65
Arpad Racz
Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
408-252-0976 - www.aracz.com - Cupertino and Bay A
I am praying for a full recovery.
Feb 29, 2012 05:07 AM #66
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