Wednesday, July 21, 2010

She Got a Heart!!

UPDATE FROM ANDREA'S FRIEND MARG - I am thrilled to be able to report that Andrea just came out of surgery with a new heart! She did great and her new heart is pumping strongly.

Andrea got the call we've all been waiting for a little before 5 a.m. this morning. After waiting on pins & needles for much of the morning, she got the official nod around 1 p.m. that this was going to be her new heart, and went into surgery around 3:30 this afternoon. Her dad was able to catch a quick flight up from Atlanta, and arrived at the hospital several hours before she was taken to the O.R.

When I talked to Andrea this morning, she was in very good spirits - a little nervous, but also really excited about this next step, and fantasizing about the pepperoni pizza she hopes to have a slice of at some point post-transplant.

Please keep our dear girl and her family in your prayers - as you can imagine, today has been a long day and a jumble of emotions for them, as well as a big step forward in what will continue to be a very long journey. Please also keep the donor's family in your thoughts & prayers, as this is undoubtedly a very tragic time for them.

Please feel free to send Andrea some well-wishes by posting comments on this blog. In a few days, I will also post the link for how to send her an e-card at the hospital. The outreach that she has had from all of you in the past several months has really meant the world to her. Please keep rooting for her!


  1. Andrea,

    I so elated to see this post!! I will keep yyou in the thoughts and prayers as you make this big step on the transplant journey.

    I knew your call was coming SOON!! (YEAH)

    Once you get recovered a bit, please let me know how you are doing.

    And if you have ANY questions or need ANYTHING, please don't hesitate to ask.

    God Bless!!!

    Your fellow heart transplantee, Don

  2. Yeah!!!! what great news!! just got a call from Aunt Nancy, spreading the good news!! We are all so happy for you all! What a blessing from a generous donor! Prayers for the donor family and prayers for you as you start a "new life" with your new heart! Love and prayers form the Routt family. May God continue to bless you!!! Love, Linda Routt Barnes and family

  3. Andrea! So excited to hear the good news. You are in my thoughts. xo, Beth Melnik

  4. Andrea, I'm thrilled for you and look forward to hearing about the great exploration and journey you have ahead of you! Best Wishes, Kelly Becker

  5. Andrea,

    I am so, so happy to hear the wonderful news of your new heart! May God bless you every day of your life- you are in my thoughts and prayers always. :)

    Kate Hickok Stark :)

  6. Couldn't be happier for you!! My thoughts and prayers are with you! I wish you the best of luck in your recovery and god bless your donor:)
    Ali Bowers

  7. We are very happy that this day has come for you Andrea as well as for your family. We keep you, your family and the donor family in our thoughts and prayers. We will continue to read the blog and keep in touch with your mom!

    Melanie & Bob Linder

  8. Andrea, I know you through your dad...have worked for him for 19 years!!!! Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I admire your strength and humor during what must be so stressful. Glad that you are finally on your way with your new heart!!!!!!
    Blessings always...and keep writing such an entertaining blog; it frequently makes me chuckle!!!
    Frieda Parks

  9. Go, Andrea, Go! I am rooting for you and so excited to hear about this turn of events. You and the donor family are in my thoughts, and though it's surely a difficult time for them, I know you will take such good care of this heart and use it to live life to the fullest.

  10. Yippeee Andrea!!! We were absolutely thrilled to hear of your new heart! We've been praying for you, your sweet parents, and the donor's family. We will continue to pray for a speedy recovery and hope to see you soon!

    Andy and Amy