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A fund to help manage Walkers double lung and kidney transplant.

05/25 – Recovery at the Gabriel House next to the Mayo Clinic is going very, very  well since Walker moved in on Monday may 9th. With large bedrooms, a huge spacious kitchen area, TV room, library, and screened in back patio, this place makes a wonderful group healing space for fellow transplant patients and cancer patients. Walker & his mom spend most days at appointments at Mayo visiting his many doctors and rehab staff then chill for an early night. 

 

05/05 – Walker recieved a double lung and kidney transplant on April 6th after 15 hours of surgery. He has done very very well and should be discharged from hospital by the end of this weekend May 7th/8th. He will be staying in Jacksonville for 5 more months because he has to be within 20 mintues driving distance to the Mayo Clinic during this time of recovery. The funds we raise will be used to rent lodging near the Mayo clinic for Walker and His Mom, Candy, for food and all other needs while onsite in Jax in addition to the medical cost that will be incurred. Thank you for your support of Walker and his family at this incredible time of healing and recovery.

Walkers journey began in March of 2019 only 2 months into his freshman year at FAU where he was on scholarship as a cheer athlete. Having never been sickly, it was strange when he came home from school very, very sick with what we thought was a common cold or flu. We were told to take him for evaluation at a local emergency room in Orlando. One chest x-ray later and they admitted him immediately into their ICU. Each day in the ICU his condition got worse until 10 days later his lungs stopped functioning all together from the massive pneumonia infection that tried to end his life. Only decisive action by his doctors to fly him by emergency helicopter to the AdventHealth ECMO floor saved his life.  He was immediately put into surgery where they attached an ECMO machine to his main artery in order to constantly circulate all his blood through a machine which gave him life sustaining oxygen.

Walker came home to his family after an incredible 63 days on life support and over 150 days total in the ICU. His time in the ICU left walkers lungs severely damaged and his kidneys non-functioning.  Since July of 2019, his family, especially his mom, has been fighting to help him recover only to come to the stark realization this year that he will now need a double lung and kidney transplant in order to live beyond the next year. After 3 years of surviving illness after illness with lungs continually on the decline, we are overjoyed at the blessing of the gift of these lungs and a kidney which have found a happy home in Walker, praise God!!

Walker and Candy 4-25-22
Walker and Candy 4-25-22 at the Mayo clinic Jacksonville 3 weeks after transplant surgery
Walker 5-3-22 almost 30 days post transplant

 

With your help, he and his family will accomplish his dream to be restored to a body that breathe’s normally and lives without daily kidney dialysis. The doctors tell him that life after transplant is a full time job of daily doctors appointments and medications changes and rehabilitation routine. So Team Walker ask that you share this story with your friends and colleagues who want to be part of saving a young life. Walkers transplant fund will be used to help he and his family manage all the medical cost associated with recovery and then maintaining life after his extraordinary transplant surgery.

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