We are proud to shout from the mountain top that our dad, husband, brother, Papa! Brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend Darrell Leines now has a strong, healthy kidney. The transplant surgery was successful for Dad and for Dennis. The recovery journey has begun.
Dad was moved from the transitional care floor to transplant floor 16 hours after surgery. The Double Ds, as we lovingly refer to Dad and Dennis, were very happy to see each other.
Both of these guys are heroes in our eyes. The post surgery discomfort and pain are not to be minimized. Their determination and grateful attitudes are admirable. They are each doing all they can to regain their strength and meet the requirements to be discharged from the hospital and go home. We anticipate Dennis may be discharged from the hospital Thursday and Dad on Friday or Saturday, In the meantime, the nurses, care coordinators, dietitian,physician, and social worker are educating and enlightening us for post-transplant care,
We want to thank you all for your prayers, calls, posts and support!!!! Words can't express what it has meant to Dad, Darrell and our families. To our family members who couldn't be physically here with us, we send our love as you shared how hard it was to not be present.