The Beginning-Part 2
Updated: Oct 12, 2020
After Torrey's first surgery, he was transferred to Mt. Washington hospital for recovery and therapy. He was placed on a 24-hour feeding regimen for the purpose of "beefing up", as the doctor would say-lol, in order to be large enough to receive a piece of a *living donor or a *deceased donor.
Due to Torrey's liver not functioning as it should, he wouldn't grow at the normal rate of a child on a regular diet. One of the liver's main functions is to filter through what we eat and push the nutrients from it throughout the body for growth and healthy development. In order to achieve this result for Torrey, he had to have a tube placed through his nose to his stomach to receive his formula. And boyyyyyy, he didn't like that! We've got stories-lol!!!
During this time, for approximately 8 months, I stayed at the Ronald McDonald house in Baltimore, MD and traveled back and forth to Mt. Washington every day to spend the day and night with little Torrey, working with him, the doctors and nurses, to help him develop through different therapy techniques that he would otherwise naturally receive in a normal environment. He was getting cuter and chunkier by the day.
In the meantime, although Torrey Jr. was on the waiting list for a transplant, Torrey Sr. and I had already decided that we would be the first in line to be evaluated as potential living-donors. And Torrey Sr. was the perfect match!
So, on February 14th, 2008, Torrey Sr. and Torrey Jr. underwent surgery as the surgeons removed 25% of the smaller portion of Torrey Sr's. liver and transplanted it into Torrey Jr's. little 8 month old body. Both surgeries were a success and they both recovered well and quickly. I was surrounded by friends and family in the waiting room that day while both of my men were in surgery for about 8 hours.
The most defining physical characteristic of our son's condition, were his jaundiced (yellow) eyes. I remember the surgeon telling us that one of the signs that the liver transplant is successful are white eyes. I can't remember the time frame he quoted before we would see Torrey Jr's. white eyes, but when he opened his eyes the first time, they were white!!
What a miracle!
And can I just say that I have thee BEST husband! Without hesitation, he asked to be evaluated as a potential donor. And as God would have it, he was the perfect match for his son- a bond that will never be broken! I'm grateful!
Enjoy this slideshow created in 2009 by Torrey Sr., dedicated to his son and his journey to his first new liver. And pay attention to his eyes!
Disclaimer: The paypal screen will say "Tyvette Brown" after you've donated because TJ is a minor and the account cannot be in his name legally.)
*Living Donor- A living-donor transplant is a surgical procedure to remove an organ or portion of an organ from a living person and place it in another person whose organ is no longer functioning properly.
*Deceased Donor- Deceased organ donation is the process of giving an organ or a part of an organ, at the time of the donor's death, for the purpose of transplantation to another person.