Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Memorial Service

For those of you who can not attend the service, the service will be broadcasted on this blogsite... check the blog on Saturday for the link and etc...

So many of you have been such a big part of this journey, many whom we have never met... we would love for you to join us in the Celebration of David's Life no matter where you are...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

In Memoriam

For those of you who have asked:

In lieu of flowers we are asking for donations be made to the benefit fund on the blogsite. We will be making a donation in David's name to Stanford in the field of Cardiology/Heart Transplant Research.

Thank you

Saturday, December 26, 2009

At Home With Jesus

Today at 12:15 pm our sweet boy, David Allen Kennedy, went home to be with the Lord.

His body just could not take the trauma and all of his organs started to fail.

It has been a very hard day... please keep our family in your prayers.

For service information please contact a family member or us by email.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Side Effects

Some of the side effects of being on the Bypass Machine for too long are starting to rear their ugly face...

Over the night and morning Dave started bleeding from the leg which the bypass is hooked up too, because of the blood loss they started having to do transfusions. They can't do transfusions for too long so this morning they did an in room surgery/procedure to start repairing that damage. That damage is now under control, but his kidneys are now starting to fail and they have started dialysis.

We just talked to the doctors and they have told us that David is failing and fast, he is not responding to the measures they are taking, and the next 24 hours will be critical. He is less likely to handle a transplant today then he was yesterday, and tomorrow the chances will be very slim.

Today we need a heart... today.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Back at Stanford

For those of you who don't know....

On December 22nd at 4am David came into our bedroom and woke us up complaining of swelling and shortness of breath. Shortly after that he began vomiting and said he needed to go to the ER. Doug drove him to the nearest ER while I arranged things with the kids and my job. While at the ER in Stockton, Ca David was told he was in heart failure and Stanford sent a helicopter and life flighted him back.

We arrived shortly after the helicopter and Dave was in grave condition.The doctors told us he was in severe rejection and he needed to be repaired right away. They prepped him for a biopsy to see how bad the rejection was. While in the room Davids heart stopped and they brought him back fairly quickly. While in the biopsy room he coded during the procedure and the team of doctors did chest compressions for 63 minutes before deciding to put him on a heart and lung bypass machine.

He has currently been on the bypass and in a medically induced coma since Tuesday night at 9pm. Today we were told that his heart is too damaged to repair itself and retransplantation is the only option. They have relisted him at 1A severe status as of this morning. The chances are slim that he will live to receive a new heart as the doctors only want to keep the machine going for a total of 5 days, survival rate and other complications become worse after that point. Right now he does have brain function, and his other organs show no damage.

So our prayers are this, a new heart quickly, for him to be able to survive the surgery as he is so weak, and for him to recover after transplant, he is much weaker this time around.

At this time he is not awake and as I said before in a medically induced coma, for his own protection. Please pray for us, love us, and do not judge us. We love all of you, your continued support means so much to us.