Friday, January 28, 2005

Baby Jordan Got a New Heart!!!

I'm so relieved and happy for my friend!! Read below.... -S

Hi again,

I wanted to forward this amazing news to all of you. Just when things were looking grim, a miraculous thing occurred.

So, to all of you who forwarded the email along, prayed, and sent positive thoughts, THANK YOU!!!

(scroll down to read the good news)
Forwarded Message:

We are so extremely happy to announce that a donor heart became available for our baby Jordan on January 26, 2005. Jordan underwent cardiac transplant surgery on Wednesday 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.

Please take time to think about and pray for the precious baby who passed away and whose parents were so generous to donate his/her organs so that our baby could have a chance to live. We do not have any information whatsoever about the donor - but we would love to make contact with the parents so that we could communicate our infinite gratitude to them. We pray this baby rests in peace and, through this gesture of life, his/her parents may find peace and understanding.

We passed a significant hurdle yesterday - we were told that finding a donor heart to match little Jordan was so unlikely. Being able to get that matching heart to Jordan was even more unlikely. It will not be an easy road from here – Jordan still has A LOT of recovering to do - but we are willing to travel a road of broken glass on our hands and knees to give Jordan the best life possible. He deserves it.

We would love to talk to all of you who showed 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 amazing 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 communicate this message so that other families may feel the joy of hearing that a donor organ is available for their loved one.

You will hear more from us soon. We thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers - we have no doubt they, along with the Doctors and staff at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, are responsible for the miracle we received today.

Love, Jeff, Sadaf and Baby Jordan