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Friday, January 28, 2005

UPDATE ON BABY JORDAN

BABY JORDAN RECEIVES A HEART!
Statement from Jeff and Sadaf Trimarchi
We are so happy to announce that a donor heart became available for our baby Jordan on Wednesday, January 26, 2005. Jordan underwent cardiac transplant surgery yesterday 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 of 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 or 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 that this gesture of life brings his or her parents some measure of solace, and comfort.

We passed a significant hurdle yesterday - we were told that finding a donor heart to match little Jordan was so unlikely. Getting that matching heart to Jordan was another enormous accomplishment, and a credit to the transplant team and the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). It will not be an easy journey from here – Jordan still has a tremendous amount of recovery ahead of him - but we are willing to travel a road of broken glass on our hands and knees to give Jordan the best life possible. After all he’s been through, he deserves it.We would love to talk to all of you who gave us 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 beautiful 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 us communicate this message so that other families may feel the joy of hearing that a donor organ is available … and cry tears of happiness, as their loved one gets a second chance at life.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

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