Tuesday, May 14, 2013

TRANSPLANT!!!

Tricia rolled into the OR around 5pm.  Surgery could take up to 10 hours. Five years ago was 9 hours. Second transplant surgery and recovery is more risky. 

Thank you for praying for the donor family tonight, wherever try may be. 

Nate

136 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow!!!! Praying for your beautiful family!!! Tricia is in my thoughts...miracles keep happening! God is good.

Anonymous said...

Praise God!

Cindy said...

Sending many, many prayers. Please keep us updated as you are able.

Dawn said...

So thankful to the donor family. Continuing to pray!

K. Lang said...

Great! The Lord bless you and keep you ... and the surgeons and nurses.

A simple being said...

Big wishes hopes prayers peace...the whole shabang! What amazing day I will keep close the slefless gift This family has provided and awe that god has seen it find u guys...

Shelley G said...

Such wonderful news!!
Praying for Tricia as well as the donor and their family.

Salome Ellen said...

Continuing prayers... (pretty much since Gwyneth's birth.)

Anonymous said...

wishing you and your family the best!!!
marta v

jerilynn said...

Amen ! Praying for all of you and the donor's family. Such amazing love.

Stephanie said...

So happy! Praying still...

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Anonymous said...

PTL! Praying for you all and the donor family!

Anonymous said...

Praying for Tricia, your family, and the donor family.

Karen said...

Been following you since the beginning through a prayer chain forward to our church. Praying for the surgeons and nurses as they are God's hands through this transplant process. Praying for your family as you wait. Peace that passes understanding, calm assurance, faith and hope. Praying for those who gave this life giving gift in the midst of great sorrow and grief. Praying that the Lord will allow Tricia to deeply breathe in life giving air once again this side of heaven. Praying that He will allow her to continue to testify to His plan, His goodness, His love through a successful surgery and life post #2 so that many may be saved. She and we love you Lord no matter what. To God be all glory, all honor and all power. Blessed be His name. It is a privilege to pray with you.
Karen

Anonymous said...

Dear Nate,

I have been praying and checking on Tricia for such a long time and am so thankful that this day has come. I'll be checking twitter until I hear that she is out of surgery tonight, no matter what time it is. Your family is such a miracle.

I was wondering why the second transplant surgery is often trickier than the first--of course, I understand if you don't want to discuss it here!

Much love from a sister in Christ,
Karen

katherine said...

YAHOOOO! Praying that somewhere, where a cherished life has been lost, a new one can be found in a successful transplant. Praying for sustained strength for Trisha...Lord we trust in you.

Cindy said...

Praying for all involved!!

Anonymous said...

Praise God!

Maridon said...

Praise God! Been praying all day for His will. Praying for successful surgery, and for peace & comfort for the donor family as well.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Lord for holding tight to both families. For the loss of a loved one who was willing to share of themselves with others, be with this family. Be a light was Trisha, Nate and Gwyn walk through this valley. Blessing to you. sg-KS

Anonymous said...

Hooray!!! Praise the Lord!

Jackie McCain Jackson said...

Prayers for Tricia and for the donor's family. God is so good

Anonymous said...

Very pleased! Sending positive thoughts for a successful surgery.
- Agnostic in Germany

Faithe said...

PRAYING for a miracle. Praying also for the donor family....our happiness is their sorrow.

Katticus said...

AMAZING! Thank you Jesus!!
Praying

Goodzik said...

Wow!! Praying and so very excited for Tricia and your family!

Tammy/Saskatoon, SK

BARB said...

Praise God!! Praying!

The Pitter Pat Boutique said...

Prayers lifted.

Michelle said...

So filled with JOY!! I will pray and pray and pray!!! :) :) Michelle

Sara said...

Praying for all of you!! For strength for tricia's body, great skill for the drs and for peace for you and gweneth. Also praying for the donors family!!

HOA Mgr Lady said...

Congrats to you both and prayers winging their way tot he donor family. I have a good friend with a donor heart and another one on the list to be transplanted... Praise God for the invention!
Praise God that Tricia stays strong trhough this and many weeks to come.

Anonymous said...

WOW! I'm agnostic but you make a very good case for the power of prayer. It's as if the willpower of your followers is keeping her alive. I am certainly submitting my willpower to Tricia. I will be holding my breath until I hear the great news. Your god is good.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for posting that awesome pic of your family! Many prayers going out to all of you, the medical staff and the donor's family. God is good!

Anonymous said...

I am praying for your family, and for God to guide the surgeons' hands and eyes tonight. This second chance is one given especially to you by God, and I know it's His will for you to heal and breathe strong.

Jennifer V. said...

This just made my day (and I bet yours too!). God is good and prayers for all involved continue.

May you continue to feel His faithfulness and love in abundance as you start this next chapter!

Much Love,
The VandeCastle Crew!

Anonymous said...

So excited and praying for you all!

marjorie said...

Praying that God will guide the surgeons' hands. Praying for strength for Tricia and that she would soon be breathing well with new lungs.

Heidi said...

So wonderful to hear! Praying for Tricia, for you and your family as you wait, the doctors, and the donor's family!! so much emotion...such a great God!

Lois said...

I am praying for Tricia, the surgeons, and for all of you as you wait throughout the surgery and recovery. God is a God of Hope. I am also praying for the donor's family that they would be blessed with God's comfort and peace in the midst of their journey. I will continue watching for your tweets and will continue praying.

Jill said...

Praying for everyone involved, donar family, doctors, you, and extended family. Praying God will be glorified and the outcome will be cause for jubilation all around. I'm a friend of Emily Haager BTW.

zach05kate95 said...

Good luck and healthy strong lungs and a good life for all of you for years to come.

Anonymous said...

Praying for you and the donor family.

Darah513 said...

Happy news!

lg823 said...

I have no words. What a long, strange trip it's been! I pray for a long, long happy, healthy life for Tricia and your family!

Anonymous said...

Praying for both families and hope that all goes smoothly. You are in our thoughts (all good) daily. . .

Anonymous said...

Praying, praying, praying!! For your family and the donors family.
Anna Boyd

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this journey with us. . . prayers, prayers, and more prayers. . . Stay strong.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news! Prayers for you all....prayers for the family of the donor as well. Godspeed.

Tee said...

Praying.

Brooks Family said...

Lifting everyone up in prayer...your family, the health care team, the donor family...may Jesus's love and faithfulness be obvious to everyone involved!

Caitlin said...

Almost in tears. What a blessing for your family. Praying for y'all and Tricia's medical team.

Anonymous said...

Wow what an amazing thing. Blessed twice. Praying for you and your families.

Anonymous said...

so exciting!! many prayers! what a gift!

Laura said...

So thankful to know the surgery is finally happening. Many prayers being sent your family's way. May God guide the medical and support staff in bringing God's healing touch.

Anonymous said...

I've been reading for years and remember her first surgery... I hope everything goes as good as possible. Prayers to everyone.. including the donor family who must be in great pain today...

OliviaDugan said...

My family is praying for yours!

Anonymous said...

Sending good thoughts your way! <3

Juana Redding said...

Praying in Oregon!

Melissa said...

prayed during the last transplant and once again bringing tricia and your family and the surgeons before the throne!!

deb said...

Prayers of thanks, and for strength, for the donor family. Praying for the doctor's wisdom, and for tricia's healing and strength.

GardenGoddess said...

Amazing news...prayers for a peaceful wait and a good outcome for all of you.

Anonymous said...

Praying in Northern California!!

Marianne Brown said...

May God give you grace and peace and may He guide the hands of the doctors. May He also comfort the donor family. So thankful for your commitment to God's will - blessings on all of you.

bobbie said...

Keeping you all, and the whole medical team in my heart and thoughts this evening ~~

Anonymous said...

Praying for your family and the donor family. God is good.

Holly said...

Covering your familiy in prayer. Been following for a while now just hardly ever comment. Blessings to all of you!

Becky said...

Thumbs up in Indiana too! I am praying for everyone involved.

Christine said...

PRAISE GOD!!!! So excited, I felt the shock clear down to my toes when I saw the word transplant. Praying for you all.

Anonymous said...

Wow, wow, wow! Thank you Lord! Many, many prayers.

Jenny in FL

Anonymous said...

WOW, WOW, WOW! Thank you Lord. Prayers for the donors family, prayers for you guys.

Anonymous said...

Tricia is so brave. What a trooper she is in this life. Thinking of you. - Dale

Anonymous said...

WOW, WOW, WOW! Thank you Lord. Prayers for the donors family, prayers for you guys.

Jenny in FL

Dawnette Thomas said...

Praying for all the family, the doctors and nurses and especially for the donor family. God's hand on all of these people and their various needs.

Anonymous said...

Great NEWS!!!!! WOOHOOO!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Prayers being sent to both your family and the donor family!

ShEiLa said...

Thank The Lord for answered prayers... will continue to pray for Tricia, you Gwenyth and of course the donor family.

ToOdLeS.

Sue Diamond-Phillips said...

praying for all!!

The B Family said...

Just lifted Tricia, the entire medical team, and the donor's family up in prayer, Nate. Praying for God's protection and provision; that he would place a protective hedge around that operating table and guide the team's hands, giving them strength, stamina and wisdom to withstand the long hours before them. And that the Lord would guide the doctors' hands and decisions.

Believe in His promises, Nate. God will be glorified in the end!

The B Family
Louisville, KY
Southeast Christian

Anonymous said...

What FANTASTIC news! Best wishes for a smooth, uncomplicated transplant for Tricia. Yay!

Anonymous said...

Praying! For everyone!

Anonymous said...

God bless.

Terri said...

just read your post - praying for the dr's, tricia and you as you wait as well as the donor's family

Jean F said...

I will be praying for all of you and for the donor family throughout the following days! In His Precious & Holy Name!

Elizabeth & Shea said...

Praying for Tricia, you, and your family.

fuzzandfuzzlet said...

I must have aged a lot in 5 years, I don`t know if I have the stamina to stay up for a final update this time! You are all in my thoughts!

janis said...

So happy to read this! Prayers of strength for Tricia while she is in surgery! ((HUGS))

Anonymous said...

Thank you God! Will be praying for you and yours as well as the family of the donor...what a beautiful gift to get.

LizW said...

Prayers for Tricia and for the donor family. Prayers for your strength as well.

LorenII said...

Praying for you and your family!

Traci said...

Saying special prayers for Tricia & your family tonight!

Cassandra Horak said...

Praying for Tricia and your entire family.

Anonymous said...

Sending lots and lots of prayers your way! God Bless.

Anonymous said...

Praying for a successful transplant...praying for the whole family and team of doctors and nurses.

Anonymous said...

Praise god!!! I have been praying for you all since the beginning. Felt such joy when I read the news. I will be praying fervently for all involved.

M. Sommerfeld said...
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Anonymous said...

Praying for a successful surgery, quick recovery and comfort for those sharing such a special gift. God is good!

Anonymous said...

Will be praying for Tricia and your family, as well as the family of the donor... may our heavenly Father surround you and them with His presence and peace in this uncertain time. I stumbled upon your blog a few years ago, read it a few times, but only recently thought of it again... glad to be able to add my prayers to the many already being offered.

Cherith Pierson said...

Praying at 11:05 PM for Tricia and the doctor's...Praying for the donor family as well!
Cherith P

Anonymous said...

Praises, tears of joy and prayers. May His perfect peace wash over yours and the donor's families and His strength and wisdom guide the medical team.

Anonymous said...

Praying for your family and the donor family tonight.

you only live once said...

I was thinking about you all today after reading the tragic story of a heroic Louisiana family who made sure their sons organs were donated today after he was put on life support from injuries at football practice last week. Prayers for all of you carrying these crosses.

Anonymous said...

Sending prayers Tricia as well as the surgical team and the the donors family

Crystal said...

Nate, Tricia, & Gwendolyn,
I am sending you prayers of positive thinking. I hope that everything goes smoothly and calmly. I am praying for the nurses and surgeons, so all parts may work well together. I pray for the donor family as they experience the loss of a loved one. Hopefully, they will be able to find some small silver lining through helping to save the lives of others. By the way, do you work with Dr Reynolds? He's fairly new to Duke, used to be at Indy's Methodist. He saved my life before and I know he can do it again!!!
-Crystal

Sherry Boyle said...

Praise God!!! Praying for Tricia's surgery to go well and for her recovery to proceed smoothly. You guys have been so very patient all these long months. Praying, too, for the donor family. So thankful for their unselfish gift of their loved one's organs.

Anonymous said...

Praying for the best results possible. And, praying for donor family as well.

Ginger said...

Praying!

Anonymous said...

I am very happy Tricia has received another chance at life. Hoping for the best and thinking of the donor family.

Carolyn Hueston said...

Sending HUGE prayers in your direction!

Sara said...

I hope the transplant is going well! Thinking of you guys!

Jason the Juggler said...

Just about to head off to bed and the Lord put Tricia and your family on my heart. Praying for you as you continue to wait for the surgery to end. Also praying for the donor family.

michelle said...

Praying for Tricia and your family - and for the donor family, too.

Anonymous said...

Praying that your needs are met in body mind and spirit and for comfort for the donor family

Anonymous said...

Nate,
Does the donor arrive to Duke still on life support and they remove the lungs there? Or do they just remove lungs first and fly them in without donor body? Also do you ever get at chance to thank donor family?

Anonymous said...

Praying for the donor family as they grieve and prepare a funeral for their loved one. So sad.

allyk said...

Tears of JOY!!!

Annie from Oregon said...

Thank you Jesus for being the Great Physician....for touching and healing Tricia...and giving her a third chance at life. Praise to You!!

Abbey said...

Lots of prayers for you all from Maryland. And prayers for the beautiful family who decided to give life to others on their darkest day.

Anonymous said...

Continued prayers for Tricia,you and your entire family,the donor family,doctor/nursing team as I walk this journey along with you in these early hours. Praying for good news and the newest updates.~ Darlene in North Dakota.

Tracy said...

I can't think of better news to wake up to. Praying for your family.

sl said...

Continued prayers for Tricia, docotors, nurses and all your family. Keep us posted.

Anonymous said...

Woke up thinking of you and praying :)
Tara

Anonymous said...

Woke up seeing this news and praising God! Many more prayers sent up for all of you and the medical team.

Kathryn said...

Prayers for the donor family, the medical staff, and for Tricia.

Anonymous said...

Praise God!!! Been reading and praying for your family for years, first time commenting. I pray all goes well, also praying for the donor's family.

Anonymous said...

I was woken up this morning by a strong sense to come to your site! And wow I was drawn for a reason! I'm sending love & good thoughts not only to you but to the amazing donor family that's giving T another set of lungs; their grief must be unimaginable! I will say, however, if that picture of the three if you was from the day of the second transplant, T; for someone so sick you look amazing! Much love being sent your way! Love from the Midwest!

Anonymous said...

Please let Tricia be ok. I am so worried.

Stacie Leatherberry said...

A million prayers that Trisha is out of surgery anddoing great. Always praying for you all.

Cassandra said...

Praying for you guys!!! We're so happy for you!!!

<3
Cassandra and Theo (4, almost 5!)

Georgia said...

Praying in Mississippi!!!!

Georgia said...

Praying in Mississippi!!!

Georgia said...

praying in Mississippi

Anonymous said...

Praying for Tricia and her family and the donor family. Hope everything is going well.

Anonymous said...

You are a very strong family! I pray for continued physical, emotional and spiritual strength for you and the donor family! Praise God who hears our prayers!!

Olivia said...

WEEPING WITH JOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JUST WEEPING WEEPING WEEPING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Our God is Mighty to Save!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vivian said...

last night i came home from church to this wonderful news...praying it has gone okay for Tricia today and am now praying for a speedy, easy recovery.
prayed for this wonderful donor, praying for the family to find peace during their loss and peace that another person is now living because of their dedication to pass on life.