January 27, 2005

Don't You, Forget About Me...

For those of you who have been following the Baby Jordan situation, Michelle Malkin has announced that a donor heart has been received:

Statement from Jeff and Sadaf Trimarchi

We are so happy to announce that a donor heart became available for our baby Jordan on Wednesday, January 26, 2005. Jordan underwent cardiac transplant surgery yesterday evening, beginning at approximately 7:00 p.m. and lasting roughly four and a half hours. Dr. Quaegebeur, who performed the transplant, appeared at 11:30 p.m. and stated that "the [new] heart is working well." He also cautioned that "we are not out of the woods yet," because transplant surgery is very complicated, requiring extensive recovery and constant monitoring. However, he assured us that we're off to a good start!

We cannot begin to thank the Doctors, Nurses and the rest of the wonderful people at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at New York Presbyterian. They do their miracle work with compassion and understanding in the best facility we have ever seen. We are so grateful that Jordan was, and continues to be, in their incredible care...We would love to talk to all of you who gave us so much support and love during these difficult times. In time, we will contact all of you and communicate our gratitude. We hope you are all able to see our beautiful little boy grow up into an amazing man.

Finally, we will not stop our mission of spreading the word about organ donation. We urge you to continue to help us communicate this message so that other families may feel the joy of hearing that a donor organ is available … and cry tears of happiness, as their loved one gets a second chance at life.

Love, Jeff, Sadaf and Baby Jordan

Let me say that I am extremely happy that Baby Jordan has a stronger chance at life. I am forever amazed at how doctors pull us from the clutches of death, when all else looks hopeless.

But let's remember that in order for Baby Jordan to have received the heart, another life had to end.

Please, I'm not admonishing ANYONE, and I don't mean to be trite or disengenous...hell, even sarcastic. It's just that sometimes most of us forget the donor family's suffering. Not on purpous of course, sudden joy and elation tends to make us forget about the realities of certain situations.

At this point, we don't know the circumstances surrounding the heart becoming available, but I'm certain either way that someone out there is grieving.

So, while we praise the Good Lord and all the doctors for extending a second chance to Baby Jordan, let's also remember to say a small prayer for the donor's family. Keep them in your thoughts. I'm sure they could use some support too...

Posted by Darth Monkeybone at January 27, 2005 01:32 PM
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