Major Milestone!

On Tuesday, we got the news of a potential transplant organ. Tuesday evening the Transplant staff confirmed that Richie was the right match and surgery was scheduled for first thing on Wednesday. Everything went very well and as of 10PM Wednesday, he was in ICU for his first phase of recovery! We are totally amazed at the speed with which this journey reached such a long-hoped-for milestone. There’s still more to come with recovery, adjustment to his new liver, and the major changes in both our lives, but we have wonderful friends and family supporting us, even though there’s still a lot of road to cover.

We’re so grateful to the family of the donor whose selflessness has given Richie a chance for a longer, healthier life as the custodian of this precious gift. We extend our condolences for the loss of their loved one along with heartfelt thanks.


this is Awkward…

My husband is on the Liver Transplant list at UW Medical Center in Seattle and though we are getting great care and support, organ transplants are very expensive and some of the costs of meds, transportation, post-op relocation, and so on are not covered by our insurance.

Since Mr. Kat is on disability and my work has been suspended to care for him, we have a very limited income. So I’ve set up a funding campaign with a non-profit foundation—Help Hope Live. All donations are Tax Deductible and the money is managed by the fund, so it only goes towards his bills and verified expenses, and can’t effect his disability benefits.

If you can help, that’s great, if not, please pass the word along. Or just say Hi. It’s all appreciated.