Army Vet Faces Tough Battle

November 9, 2017
NFT Patient of the Month 2017-11-09 11:12

Keith Wilde has been fighting for his life since 2015. After having a routine colonoscopy found a small cancerous lesion. A second lesion was found on one of his kidneys; Keith had surgery to remove both lesions. Unfortunately, he did not recover from the surgery as expected. Instead, he was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh eating bacterial infection. In order to save his life, doctors performed multiple surgeries, and in the process a large part of his abdominal wall was removed. Keith ultimately was left with only inches of intestine and no absorption. He relied on 16 hours a day of IV nutrition and hydration. As a result, doctors said a small bowel transplant was necessary. Thankfully, Keith received a transplant on September 14, 2017.

This has been a very difficult time, Keith is extremely grateful for the love and support of his wife, Sue, and their children friends and family More than anything, he wants to recover from his transplant and return to his normal life. Keith looks forward to the day his health is restored and he can spend more time with his 5-year-old granddaughter who he just adores They plan a fishing trip and just a simple trip to the park something he has not been able to do in over 27 months. He wants nothing more than to be able to enjoy time with his family and friends without being hooked up to tubes, and to be able to eat food like other people. Keith served his country giving a decade in the Army being overseas and stateside, and he has served for others. But right now, he is the one who needs your help.

The average small bowel transplant costs more than $1.5 million. And that’s only the beginning. Even with health insurance, which will cover the cost of the transplant, he faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very expensive, and they’re as critical to his survival as the transplant itself.

Keith’s transplant center is approximately four hours from his home. He and his wife have to relocate to be near the transplant team while he recovers, incurring substantial expenses for medical, travel, food, and lodging. Keith’s declining health forced him to quit working, further adding to the financial burden.

Update on Keith , He is making great progress every day and the discharge from the hospital is being planned that being said he will now need to return 2 to 3 times a week for testing & treatment until they indicate differently. He cannot wait to be in his own home but that could be months away. It will be an extremely long road ahead but he is giving it everything he’s got.

To support Keith, please visit his fundraising page.