So many of you are praying for us! We would ask you to continue as Mark's situation has become even more urgent. He's basically out of time and is unable to continue to wait for a heart to become available. His doctors have exhausted every medication (he is currently on 9 meds) to stabilize his heart but it continues to fail at a rapid rate. Yesterday, we were told that they need to move forward with the LVAD (left ventricular assist device) and the surgery is scheduled for Tuesday. Dick Cheney had one of these prior to receiving his new heart. It is an inserted device that will basically pump Mark's blood for him and he will wear battery packs to keep the pump going. It requires an extensive open heart surgery, a long recovery and a rigorous maintenance regimen. Mark will be off the list for 6 months in recovery then will go back on the list but as a 1B candidate - most likely it will be several years waiting.
It was a very emotional day as we were hoping to avoid this procedure, hoping instead for the only ultimate solution which is a new heart. We are still hoping and praying for a new heart to come but it needs to come by Tuesday! We continue to ask God for this miracle for Mark, now with a fast approaching deadline. Will you join us in praying for this miracle? If it is not God's will, then we will accept the LVAD Plan B with gratitude. That he can remain with us is our ultimate prayer - whatever it takes!
As we've received so much love from you all, so many prayers offered up for us - we are humbled! In contemplating this during my own prayer time, I've asked that every time you offer up prayers for us...turn your hearts upward to Him on our behalf... that the Lord would pour into you His love and presence. Thank you for being with us on this journey! We love you!