I visited an old co worker of mine just before Xmas. He was in bad shape, and awaiting a double lung transplant. He was hoping sometime in Jan/Feb as he was on the waiting list for awhile. We continued emailing back and forth with a promise that if he "got the call" he would send a group email to all his friends so we knew what was happening and which hospital he would be going to. Sometime in March, no more emails.
No one answering his phone, his children live out of the country so we had no idea where to reach them. In the meantime another old cowowrker advised us she heard he had his transplant but didn't know any other details.
Yesterday I got a joke email from him! I didn't know if I should be happy or give him crap. I responded asking him what the heck happened, and did he have his transplant.
He responded by saying he had his double lung transplant, the end of March, was in an induced coma for 1 month, and just got home from the hospital a couple of weeks ago, and wondered where his get well card was. He feels like a million bucks, and is so grateful to his donor! His children came home from out of the country to look after him for a month.
I'm going to visit him next week, as I've been a huge supporter of organ donating for years, I'm looking forward to hearing all about it.