As regular readers of this blog know, we have been praying and raising money for a young Peruvian immigrant mother named Maribel Perez Vargas who needed a lung transplant because of pulmonary cystic fibrosis. Maribel has health insurance through Kaiser Permanente but at first, Kaiser would not pay for the procedure which would have to take place outside their coverage area at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. After that hurdle was negotiated, they said that Maribel would have to come up with the over $80,000 co-pay. MAPAVI and the Peruvian Consulate stepped up to the plate to help raise the necessary funds. Maribel's own health and emotional state fluctuated as she waited for the miracle that would save her life.
According to today's Washington Hispanic and El Tiempo Latino , on Tuesday Maribel received a double lung transplant and a temporary tracheotomy to help her breathe in a 9 hour operation. She is in intensive care and has considerable post-surgical pain but has been able to receive a visit from her husband, Lorenzo, and her children, Diana (12) and Jason (10) and speak to them. If everything stays on schedule, she should be leaving the ICU for a regular room on Monday and then she'll be getting rehabilitation and in a week she should be able to get up and walk around a bit.
So this morning we are grateful to God and to all those whose prayers and funds have helped Maribel have many more years with her family. Alleluia!