A New Heart

Daddy has a new heart.

He is doing as well as can be expected. His breathing tube is out. He is sleepy but has talked with us coherently. One of the first things he asked us to do is pray for the donor’s family.We’ve been told the heart he received is beautiful – very, very healthy. Yesterday before surgery his blood that returned to his heart was 30% oxygenated. That is poor enough to warrant receiving a heart pump. Healthy peoples’ numbers read 60-80%. This morning he was at 70%. For someone who has been in heart failure for 13 years, this is just a miracle. The nurse told us last night that Daddy’s new heart is probably pumping stronger than some of ours! It seems surreal that he is not in heart failure anymore.

The surgery took a little less than 4 hours. We were able to see him at 2 am. All 9 of us here (my brother, sister and their spouses, mom, Dad’s sister an husband, Daniel and I) surrounded him as his wonderful nurse educated us about his tubes, numbers, etc. We were urged to get some rest because he was doing so well and had a personal nurse every moment. Around 4 am Monday, we got settled at the Holiday Inn Express, truly grateful, and able to rest, knowing Daddy was in good hands.

He’ll be in ICU for a few days. Right now everything looks really good. His blood pressure is a little low but we’ve been told that is to be expected. His color looks great. I told him he looked good and his response this morning was, “I always look good.” He is already back to his joking.

We are so thankful. Keep praying for him. Infection and rejection are the greatest concerns after surgery. We have no reason to be fearful but we do pray that he will recover speedily and completely. We are so thankful for all of you praying with us!

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23 Responses to “A New Heart”

  1. Gordon and Betty Spencer Says:

    Tina….Bless you and Amy for keeping us updated…Wish we were there with you……Praise God that your Dad is doing well…..If he is joking already you know he is getting better….lol…..It means a lot to us to be updated…..Our daughter Wendy lives just ouside Charlotte in Harrisburg….she wants very much to come and visit when it is allowed…..please give us all pertinent information when he is moved to his own room.I cannot even imagine what you all have gone through but I know how much you love the Lord and the Lord loves you so I know you all will make it through…..Do try to rest so you can cope with all things that you must….Please know that we love you all………..

  2. Boo Jobe Says:

    So thankful!!

  3. Pat York Says:

    This is such wonderful news. We are so grateful for the Lords many blessings.

  4. Catherine Mikkola Says:

    This is SO exciting!! THANK YOU LORD!! We will continue praying for complete healing. 🙂

  5. Stacy James Harris Says:

    Such wonderful news!! Will pray now for an uneventful recovery with absolutely NO complications!! I will also pray for the donor’s family for their unselfish gift of love and life.Thank you, Jesus!

  6. Jack Atkinson Says:

    God is good! We are thankful that things are looking as good a they are at this point.
    We do pray for the donor’s family. We pray Byron will continue to do well and his spirits stay strong. Our prayers are for healing and strength, even maybe back in the pulpit.
    Thank you, Lord, for answered prayer.

  7. Pamela & Steve Hudson Says:

    This is indeed splendid news! We are so grateful to God that we can hear your Daddy’s wonderful sermons again. HE IS VERY MISSED!! We will continue to pray for his speedy recovery, the family of the donor, and y’all to be safe too. Please keep us posted when convenient. Tell him we all send our prayers and our love. God bless! 🙂

  8. AngelaW Says:

    Tina!!! We are so thrilled at the work of the Lord. We will of course pray for the donor family as well. We are praying for you all too. 🙂

  9. Linda Marsh Says:

    What wonderful news! Please give him my love and we will, of course, keep praying for a quick recovery.

  10. Libby Dowell Says:

    I’m rejoicing with you all. Praise the Lord. I will pray for continued progress.

  11. Karen Page Says:

    Praying for everyone in both families! and givin God all the Honor and Glory!!

  12. Lynn and Doug Walker Says:

    PTL! We are so grateful to God that all is going so well. We are continuing to pray for healing and progress every day. We look forward to seeing Byron and Trisha back in SE Georgia very soon. Please give them our love.

  13. Becky Jones Says:

    So happy that he is doing so well. God is good and we give him the glory! Our prayers are with you all and the donor’s family for their unselfishness. Love to you all.

  14. Laneah Says:

    Tina, where can we mail cards to your mom and dad? I am so glad to hear he is doing well and joking! I pray that this heart gives him MANY years of life full of the joy he exudes! Your parents are dear people to me! Thanks for keeping us posted.

  15. Martha Wright Says:

    So thankful to God for the good new. Tell Byron that his “favorite” secretary from Eastman, Georgia, wishes him well and a speedy recovery. My love to Trish and Byron both. My girls, Dana & Tiffany, and Howard are so happy. God bless all of you.

  16. Holly Law Says:

    Praise the Lord!! Cried tears of joy for you all!

  17. Karen Haury Says:

    What a wonderful Mother’s Day gift! I am so glad to hear that he is doing well and getting back to his old self so soon after surgery. What a blessing. I am praising our awesome God for this gift of life and am praying for a speedy, uneventful recovery for your daddy and praying for the donor’s family as well. Love you all!

  18. Cleve & Diane Freeman Says:

    We are so happy that Byron has received his new heart and is doing well, we will continue to keep him and the family in our prayers. GOD IS GOOD!

  19. Pam Carswell Says:

    So like your daddy to ask for prayer for the donor’s family. What a precious gift they gave and we will remember them in prayer. So thankful for the good news so far and will ask God to continue to help Byron progress, accepting this new heart with no complications. And prayers for all of you, the family, as you love and support him. I know he appreciates all you being there. Give your dad our love.

  20. Rev. Jonine Northrip Says:

    We rejoice with you all in the work of our LORD! He is risen, indeed, “…….with healing in His wings.” We will continue to pray for complete healing and years of life on this earth with this precious family! Your Christian witness is a blessing to us all, and your faith has certainly moved mountains! Don and I are just so happy for you all, and may Almighty God hold you, each and everyone, in the palm of His Hand, and continually, in the midst of His Heart!!!!!!!
    Our love and prayers,
    Jonine and Don

  21. Rev. Jonine Northrip Says:

    We rejoice with you all in the work of our LORD! He is risen, indeed, “…….with healing in His wings.” We will continue to pray for complete healing and years of life on this earth with this precious family! Your Christian witness is a blessing to us all, and your faith has certainly moved mountains! Don and I are just so happy for you all, and may Almighty God hold you, each and everyone, in the palm of His Hand, and continually, in the midst of His Heart!!!!!!!
    Our love and prayers………

  22. Judy Adams Says:

    I’m so happy to hear the good news! I will keep you all in my prayers.

  23. Shane Lovvorn Says:

    I am glad Byron is doing so good. Tell him I said he has to get well because Evan our youngest wants him to have her Baptism service like he has done for my other too. Judi and I have wanted him to do this for a long time we were just waiting on God to give him a new heart so he could.
    It means a lot to know that he is doing so good. Byron has touched a lot of lives over the years. I know I am in ministry today because of Him!! I just wish we were close enough to help you guys more right now.

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