To Save Two Lives
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Hernandez is confronting other hurdles. Compared to Andrew, his
recovery has been long and frustratingly slow. Hernandez will be
in the hospital perhaps two months. He, too, faces a lifetime of
medications to prevent his body from rejecting the transplanted
liver. But because of his long deterioration, he will also need
extensive physical rehabilitation. Even so, says Ken Drazen, “There’s
every expectation he could make a complete recovery.”
all the members of the Hernandez and Gyswyt families, the split-liver
transplant has been a life-altering event. “The liver was a beautiful
gift,” says Jadonne Gyswyt, “but it is a gift we cannot take for
granted. I have changed a great deal. I try not to make so many
plans now. I think more about my children and fill myself with the
little blessings they bring.”
Angel Hernandez thinks about the donor and his family, people who
endured their own terrible tragedy and yet unselfishly gave to two
other families they will never know.
feel strongly that Andrew now has a second birthday,” Jadonne concurs.
“January 8th is his second birthday. Just like I gave birth to my
children, the donor gave birth to a new child. I hope wherever the
donor’s family may be, they find some comfort in the wonderful thing
they’ve done. I’ve thought a lot about how difficult it would be
to deal with losing someone close to you.
can I say, ‘Thank you?’ ”
writer Mona Gable’s last feature for the magazine was the award-winning
“Brenda’s Journey,” about a pregnant woman’s battle with HIV.