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Johnson, who contracted Covid in January, underwent some severe issues associated to the sickness, together with end-stage liver failure. His household had been informed to arrange for the worst.
Johnson discovered he wanted a liver transplant on April 19, and final Tuesday, he bought the decision.
“They informed us they may have a liver for him,” stated Carrie Massie, Johnson’s sister, explaining that the liver, accessible from a deceased donor, was trying promising.
He went into surgical procedure early final Wednesday to obtain his new liver.
“The surgical procedure didn’t take almost the time we thought it could take,” Massie recalled. The method was projected to take someplace between 12 and 18 hours, and it took lower than 10.
And Johnson, the medical doctors stated, is “leaps and bounds” forward of the place most transplant sufferers are per week after their surgical procedure. He’s been moved to the transplant intensive care unit (TICU) to get accustomed to caring for himself and his physique after surgical procedure, and Massie stated it has been going extremely effectively.
“He calls it his ‘new lease on life,’ how good he feels and the way grateful he feels,” Massie defined. “He’s up transferring round, he’s consuming common meals. He’s been restricted for thus lengthy, and now he’s studying to stay this manner as an alternative.”
Johnson stated that at this level, the therapeutic course of has begun.
“Each day, I’m feeling just a little bit stronger,” he stated. “My subsequent purpose is to get discharged and pay this unbelievable present ahead in some capability.”
Johnson achieved his purpose Tuesday, when his medical doctors OK’d him to be discharged to a lodge in Pittsburgh.
His purpose was to be out by Wednesday, Might 12, which was his birthday, so to achieve that purpose is a fairly thrilling birthday present. Massie stated her brother had been profitable in his bodily remedy, so discharge to a lodge, the place he’ll keep for an undetermined period of time, was the pure subsequent step.
General, the transplant went in addition to potential for Johnson, and Massie known as that “such a blessing.”
“It’s been nothing however a miracle,” she remarked. “I simply realize it was God and prayers.”
Johnson expressed his gratitude as effectively, as he faces his restoration.
“As at all times, I want to thank this little group for the outpouring of prayers and phrases of encouragement,” he stated.
Whereas there are emotions of pleasure related along with her brother’s profitable transplant, Massie stated she felt the sting of the bittersweet as effectively.
“I did really feel responsible, realizing that whereas my brother has a life, there’s a household who’s mourning,” she stated concerning the deceased donor. “Nevertheless it’s a present. It’s only a fantastic present to present.”