A family in the Pima County, Arizona, community of Tryon has been given the opportunity to tryon a heart transplant, which could save their daughter’s life.
The family, who were in their 30s at the time of the surgery, are now in the process of trying to figure out what to do next, and are considering a medical partnership with a local hospital, which will allow them to receive treatment at the same facility.
The surgery itself was successful, but doctors told the family that they will need to go through the entire recovery process to be fully functional, and will likely have to undergo further testing.
The Pima Fire Department has been a big help in the emergency response.
“We’ve been really helpful,” said firefighter and family friend John J. Kranz, who was one of the first on scene at the hospital.
“We have a lot of people here who’ve done a lot for us, so it’s a big support.”
The family had to wait a few days for the transplant to take place, but the first step in the journey was a visit with a nurse who brought the news of the transplant.
“She’s like, ‘I know what I did,’ and she’s like this, and she goes, ‘Wow, you did that.
You had the surgery,’ and it’s really emotional,” said Krans daughter, who did not want to give her last name.
“She said, ‘Dad, it was so hard to go, but it’s over.
We can do this.
We’re going to make it.'”
The family is now waiting on the results of a heart test, which can take a week.
The Pima hospital has also sent a team of nurses to help.
“I feel like the doctors have really made a difference, and we’re going through the same thing, but we’ve also made it a lot easier,” said Jana Kranlz.