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David Leon has spent greater than six weeks combating the coronavirus. The 61-year-old gave the impression to be in good well being and had no recognized underlying situations, in line with his household.
However the virus has ravaged his physique, particularly his lungs.
“They do not know how a lot of his lungs are scarred however they’re saying the virus did loads of harm to his lungs,” stated his daughter, Paloma Becker, by way of FaceTime from her residence in San Antonio, Texas.
Her father is within the ICU at Neighborhood Regional Medical Middle and hooked as much as a ventilator.
His household hoped he may get on the hospital’s ECMO, the additional corporeal membrane oxygenation, solely supplied by means of UCSF.
However by the point he transferred from St. Agnes to CRMC, his situation was too important for ECMO therapy.
Docs instructed his household he’d want a lung transplant earlier than they even attempt it.
“He must be accepted by UCSF or Stanford or any of the native transplant facilities to ensure that them to presumably put him on ECMO, which could assist him as a result of the ventilator itself is inflicting harm to his lungs,” Becker stated.
Leon has raised Paloma and 5 different youngsters. He is helped his group along with his tax and immigration providers companies and by main toy drives.
However the possibilities of getting a lung transplant are by no means excessive and the coronavirus that is scarred his lungs may additionally block his path to a transplant.
“We have seen loads of sufferers who have been potential organ donors who’ve come again constructive for coronavirus and sadly at this level we will not pursue them as potential organ donors,” stated John Lilley, a vp with Donor Network West.
Lilley says greater than 900 individuals within the Fresno space are ready for organ transplants.
The coronavirus might be creating an extended record because it typically damages the lungs, the liver, and the kidneys.
Lilley says docs have carried out surgical procedures giving wholesome organs to COVID-19 sufferers, however not lots they usually’re undecided in regards to the outcomes.
“I feel we’re all attempting to determine what day by day appears like on this new tradition,” he stated.
You possibly can signal as much as be an organ donor here.
However not like with kidneys, donor networks cannot create a “donor chain” the place donations go not directly to a recipient. They want a direct donation, often from somebody who has not too long ago handed away.
Leon’s household continues to be holding onto hope, however with no lung transplant, his docs at CRMC gave the household a 10% likelihood his lungs will heal on their very own and he’ll get well.
They’ve additionally arrange a GoFundMe page to assist with medical bills.
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