JFN1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Journal Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list Click to add this author to your Ignore list Mon Jan-19-09 03:45 PM
She Got The Call Today Updated at 3:45 PM
edited on Mon Jan-19-09 03:47 PM by JFN1
Hi All -
My niece Brittani, who some of you will remember, got the call today for her second set of lungs in less than two years.
She contracted the adeno virus about a year after her first double lung transplant, which led to obliterans, a disease of the lungs for which there is no cure. She is down to about 17% lung capacity again, and if she didn't get the call today, the doctors were telling us she wouldn't live out the year.
Her original lungs died due to the chemotherapy she received as treatment for Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of childhood cancer that attacks the bones. She survived the cancer, but it cost her her lungs...she was only 14 years old when they found the cancer. She's all of 18 years old now.
So - I know we're all busy with the inauguration, but I hope some of you will read this, and send your best thoughts to our niece Brittani. She only has about a 50% chance of surviving the surgery today, and while I'm not religious, some positive energy sent her way surely cannot hurt.
If you want - drop her a note at Caring Bridge - she loved the last ones she got from you all.