My Uncle Joe's Miracle
October 2008

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Some of you may remember the story of my Dad's miracle from back in 2002. I still think of it in amazement at least once a month.  As if this was not blessing enough, our family got to witness another miracle this year in the restoration of my Uncle Joe.

My Momís younger brother Joe had liver failure earlier this year and was dying at age 52.  They were told he didnít qualify for a transplant and so they were basically trying to keep him comfortable while he died.  Joe got sicker and sicker to the point where even his kidneys were starting to fail.  Then he got a new doctor who OKíd the transplant, but by then he was not healthy enough to make the trip.  They put him on dialysis and worked with him for awhile.  He eventually got healthy enough to make the trip. This was a small miracle in itself because he had been so terribly sick there for awhile.  

He used to be a truck driver for Wal-Mart and I am so pleased with how Wal-Mart treated him.  They sent a private jet and two medical assistants to accompany him to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester , MN .  They also paid to fly family members up there to help care for him and covered their hotel room expenses as well.  Their generosity was really impressive.

Joe made it to the Mayo Clinic and was on the waiting list for a new liver.  Many people in the transplant ward have been waiting for four months or more.  Incredibly, he got his new liver within the first week he was there.  The Mayo Clinic has also gone over and above all expectations with the great care he has received there.  He is now recovering very nicely and is SO MUCH healthier than we ever imagined.  Seeing him walking around, with color in his face and not tormented by pain is truly a miracle when you think that only a few weeks ago he was saying his goodbyes to loved ones.  

For various reasons, our family has not been very close to Joe's family over the years.  One of the great blessings that came out of all this was the healing and restoring of relationships between Mom and her brother who she loves so much.  It was really wonderful to see them getting close again and having fun again just like old times.  

Already Joe and his family have seen many miracles over the past month.  In the midst of all this, Joeís grandson Trevor won a contest out of 85,000 kids to be on the cover of Parents magazine.  What a bonus - when God decides to bless someone, he doesnít go half-way! 

   
 Here he is when he was really sick
 
Here is a shot of him being loaded on the plane for the Mayo Clinic
in Rochester, MN.
    
 Just a couple days after the transplant, he's already looking great.
 
 Here Mom takes him out for some adventures around town, like getting
 their picture with statues of the founders of the Mayo Clinic.
   
 Mom was always a little bossy with him, here she
 makes him pick out a helmet to wear while he's 
 riding those carts in Wal-Mart.  (Not really!)
Here they are out for a walk on Mom's last night up there. 

 

    
 This is a picture of Joe's grandson Trevor taken
 during the photo shoot in New York when he 
 was in a group of 5 finalists.
Here's Trevor on the cover - the
whole family is so excited!
   
   
   
 

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