Dad caught a virus in November. It has done irreparable damage to his heart and while he is on medication to keep him going and keep him alive for now, we have no idea how long the medicines will work for. He is on the top of the list of a heart transplant in South Africa, and now we wait.
My family and I would really appreciate your prayers. The reason I went back to South Africa was to spend a little time with him, and for him to meet his grandsons. At that point we didnt really have a clear idea of what was going on.
Its a grey cloud, misty feeling waiting on an organ. You know that the news you are waiting for is going to be another family's worst day - ever. You know that while you will be celebrating, they will be mourning. We will get to have our Dad and our Gramps around to see in another year, they may not even have been given the opportunity to say goodbye.
Please join us in covering the donor and their family in prayer. In all likelihood the donor is a perfectly healthy adult man, probably with a family of his won and young enough to still have his own parents alive. They are the ones with an immeasurable loss ahead of them. The last heart donor in the country was a 17 year old boy. He hadn't even finished school yet. He was involved in an accident that damaged his brain stem and his family were generous and caring enough to donate every organ that the transplant committee could use. That day a family lost a brother, a son, a grand son and many lost a friend. It was the darkest of days for them, yet they offered life to many. At least three otherwise terminally ill people were given a second chance. Three families were given their loved ones for another season.
Dad's cardiologist said something that put my heart at rest. I couldnt pray for someone to die! Who do I think I am that I have a right to pray to trade one mans life for another? Until he said the following the mugginess of emotion had robbed me of this important truth. Whether Dad needed a heart, or not, would alter another man's fate. The dates we would be born and die was known to the Father before we were even created. There is nothing we can do to alter that. We can simply pray for a generous enough family, who are willing to give the ultimate gift - part of someone they love, when they are having to say goodbye.
Ive taken a lot of med and Im REALLY tired, so Im heading back to bed. Please, just join us in praying. Praying that dad stays well. Praying for that family. Praying for all those who are spending their last days on earth - their relationships, their experiences.
If you aren't already registered - find our how to register in your country as an organ donor. When our Father calls you home, you may be able to leave the gift of life behind.
Most of us would take and organ for ourselves or a loved one without hesitation. How many of us would give one? Did you know that organ donation is not presumed, its voluntary. In most countries your family can not make this choice for you after you have passed away - YOU need to make the choice and register.
To register in the UK
To register in the US check on google, as it differs from state to state. I know in CO you can make this choice when renewing your drivers license card. It seems that the site to look out for is called "Donate Life".