FAIRFIELD — Louise Ward and Jordan Terry have never met.
Both are waiting for kidney transplants. But their stories are quite different.
Ward, a Suisun City resident, underwent a transplant last summer. Her body rejected the new kidney.
Something went wrong during her second surgery to remove the organ. When she awoke, she had encephalopathy. There was fluid on her brain and she couldn’t talk or walk.
She’s undergone extensive physical, occupational and speech therapy. Now she’s back on the transplant waiting list.
Ward was in her early 20s when things started to go awry with her kidneys. Things took a turn for the worse about five years ago and she began dialysis.
Now, every night before she goes to bed, she’s hooked up to a machine that does dialysis while she sleeps. By her side is her husband of 20 years, Anthony Ward. The couple have no two-legged children but love to dote on their four-legged canine, Fritz.
“Every day is another gift,” Anthony Ward said.
It’s still difficult for the couple to talk about what happened after the first transplant. They say it was their faith in God that got them through it.
That’s where their hope lies again.
“We are moving forward in Jesus’ name,” Anthony Ward said.
Miracles from God is the only way to explain how Louise Ward didn’t need a third surgery for internal bleeding, Anthony Ward said.
“God was moving in that place,” he said of the hospital.
Louise Ward said she’s always wanted to educate people about taking care of the kidneys, she just didn’t know it would be as a person who needed a kidney. Anthony Ward is on the same page as his wife.
“I want to help families avoid what we went through” he said. “Tell them to do more research on a transplant organ.”
Louise Ward, who is in her early 50s, was given a kidney from a 3-month-old baby. The Wards wonder if that made a difference in how her body handled the donated organ.
“It was all new to us,” Anthony Ward said. “We were so happy and excited that she was getting a kidney transplant.”
An April 25 fundraiser is planned to help with Ward’s transplant-related expenses. She plans to share kidney donor information with those who attend.
Those who can’t attend the fundraiser can mail donations to Travis Credit Union, attn: MSA Dept., P.O. Box 2069, Vacaville, CA 95696.
“With everything that has happened to me, it is confirmation that I have to use my injury to educate the community concerning renal failure,” she writes in a biography that she shares with others.
Jordan was introduced to Daily Republic readers in March 2014. The young boy, who turns 3 at the end of August, has a donor.