Patient of the Month

November 9, 2017
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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.

August 16, 2017
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Melissa had her left lobe lung removed when she was just twelve years old, and suffered from fibrosis for the last fifteen years.

Six years ago, she was properly diagnosed with alpha-one trypsin deficiency. Thankfully, Melissa was given a second chance at life when she received a double lung transplant on March 31, 2017!

April 24, 2013
Joey Leger

One morning in 2006, Joey awoke experiencing congestion and heaviness in his chest.

Assuming he had the flu or a cold, he waited a couple days before visiting his doctor after he was able to find relief with a hot shower and rest. At the doctor’s office, Joey’s blood work revealed a white blood cell count that was off the charts, so he was encouraged to go to the hospital, as meningitis was going around a local university at the same time.

Teddy Reid

At his mom’s 20-week ultrasound, doctors could see there was a problem with Teddy Reid's kidneys, but they couldn’t tell how severe the problem was. When he was just six days old, Teddy’s parents learned he was in kidney failure and would need a kidney transplant. Although he is on the transplant waiting list, he cannot receive his transplant until he gains enough weight to sustain the operation.

Kristin Matthews

During a high school pep rally in 2003, her younger brother jokingly scared her by jumping on her back, causing her to faint.

After multiple tests, she received the shocking diagnosis of congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy. Doctors say a heart transplant is essential to her survival. However, while she’s sick enough to need heart failure treatment, her heart function has not declined enough to add her to the transplant waiting list.

January 14, 2013
Jack Guarriello

In 2007, Jack Guarriello was referred to a specialist after a routine physical revealed that his liver enzymes were elevated.

Further testing showed he was battling a life-threatening liver disease, and last September he was diagnosed with liver cancer. In October, he experienced a subdural hematoma twice, requiring two serious brain surgeries and 20 days in ICU.

Moksha Colotelo

Moksha has experienced breathing difficulties related to allergies and asthma since childhood. In her early 30s, she was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), mainly bronchiectasis, but doctors don’t know why she developed the condition. Testing has also shown that she suffers from other lung disorders including evidence of fibrosis and sarcoidosis. A double-lung transplant is essential to her survival.

Sabrina Yoder

In 2004, Sabrina went to the hospital because she thought she was having a heart attack.   

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Noah is facing a health battle most of us can’t even imagine, and he’s only 9 years old.

Young Noah was recently diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, and both his mother and grandpa have been afflicted with similar conditions. Doctors say a heart transplant is critical to his survival.

Steve Terrebonne

Earlier this year, while driving, Steve suddenly felt like an elephant was sitting on his chest.

He pulled over and called a friend for help, then called 911 and was rushed to the hospital. Steve was shocked to learn he had suffered a heart attack—so severe it’s often called “the widow maker”—and had 99% blockage in his heart. Until that day, he had never experience a single symptom of heart disease.

JK Lee

In 2010, while on a songwriting trip in New York, JK Lee developed a sudden aortic tear that nearly cost him his life.

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In 2008, Paula donated blood and received the shocking news that she was suffering from hepatitis C, which she contracted from a blood transfusion in 1987.

She underwent treatment for two years, and doctors say a liver transplant is critical to her survival. She has no health insurance and can’t even be evaluated for a transplant until she has health coverage and raises funds for her out-of-pocket expenses.

Aubrie Miller

Aubrie began fighting for her life before she was even born. On February 29, her mother learned Aubrie was suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy during a routine ultrasound. After she was born on March 14, little Aubrie was immediately transferred to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas for treatment and care. Doctors said a heart transplant was critical to her survival. Thankfully, she received her lifesaving transplant on May 22, 2012!

Josh Bishop

In 2011, Josh Bishop had a rare allergic reaction to the antibiotic Cipro that caused irreversible damage to his liver. Doctors say a liver transplant is critical to his survival, and he hopes to be added to the transplant waiting list soon.

A loving husband to Stephanie, he hates that his health problems prevent them from being a normal couple. He’s so grateful for her unwavering support throughout these challenges, and he dreams of the day they can start a family together.

April 9, 2012
Anya Maciulewski

When Anya was 2, doctors discovered a brain tumor, which required chemotherapy. The following year, she underwent radiation to her head and spine. At ages 11 and 12, she successfully completed treatments for two more brain tumors.

Anna Henning

Baby Anna Leigh Henning was fighting for her life even before she was born. She was born prematurely at 30 weeks and is currently in the NICU. This sweet little girl has a long, difficult road ahead of her and desperately needs help.

In 2005, Sean was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy after a virus attacked his heart. He woke up in the middle of the night unable to breathe, and doctors ultimately decided the best treatment was to implant a defibrillator. However, while he was on the operating table, the surgeon decided that at just 28 years old Sean was too young for the procedure and attempted to treat his illness with medications instead.

September 8, 2010
NFT Patient of the Month David Frasier

Around Easter of 2009, David Fraser and his family had just arrived at the beach for vacation when he had a seizure while unpacking the car. He was rushed to the hospital, and was soon transported to a larger hospital in Orlando, where he stayed for nearly a week.

August 4, 2010

When he was just 2 years old, Cody was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a lung disease that affects about 30,000 people in the United States. Though he was able to live a relatively normal life and was only hospitalized once because of his illness, his health began to worsen in 2009. Last year Cody spent almost 3 months in and out of the hospital, including several stays in the ICU.

July 9, 2010

For 10 years, George was completely unaware that his body was suffering from health issues. Although his skin was very itchy for a long time, doctors were never able to pinpoint the problem. Finally, in 2006, after a new doctor performed blood work and other tests, George was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Colangitis (PSC), a disease that caused scarring and inflammation of his liver. Doctors have told George the damage is irreversible, and a liver transplant is critical to his survival.

June 7, 2010

May 6, 2010

Scott is suffering from Cystic Fibrosis (CF), a disease that has affected him his entire life. Although his cousin was born and diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when Scott was 5 years old, doctors did not think it was necessary to test Scott for the disease.

March 8, 2010

In 1996, Ed learned his kidneys were not properly filtering blood, and he was diagnosed with the early stages of chronic kidney disease. Last year, tests revealed his kidneys were failing and only functioning at 4 percent. Since last year's diagnosis, he has been enduring regular dialysis treatments. Doctors have told Ed a kidney transplant is critical to his survival.

February 11, 2010

In 2007, Ricardo “Ricky” Santiago was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, caused by medication he received as a child during chemotherapy treatments for leukemia. In 2005, doctors implanted a pacemaker to help regulate his heart. Although the pacemaker initially helped, doctors soon realized Ricardo needed a heart transplant to survive. He has been on the transplant waiting list for more than a year.

January 13, 2010

December 17, 2009

Ilene was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2007, and has bravely endured aggressive treatments for her cancer. A bone marrow transplant is the only cure for this disease. Thankfully, her mother will serve as her donor as soon as Ilene is well enough to sustain the transplant surgery.

November 6, 2009

October 12, 2009

In 2006, Sue was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease due to diabetes, although her doctor suspects she may have gone undiagnosed for more than 12 years. Doctors say a kidney transplant is her only hope for a second chance at life. She is undergoing evaluations at Allegheny General Hospital and will soon be added to the transplant waiting list. Several family members are being tested to see if any are donor matches.

September 10, 2009

August 7, 2009

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