Help Heal Justin's Heart
Organized by: Alexis Buford
UPDATE ON JUSTIN'S HEALTH AND CONDITION: Last Wednesday, October 1, Justin was admitted to the hospital under suspicion of pneumonia. After further testing and scans, it was concluded that his entire right lung was indeed infected with pneumonia and his blood had developed sepsis. While in the hospital fighting to keep the infection from getting worse, it was discovered that his kidneys have completely failed. His creatinine nearly doubled overnight after being admitted and he has been in ICU ever since. We spoke with the Nephrologist today, Saturday, and it has been concluded that we have no choice but to start dialysis. He is scheduled for surgery on Monday to put a dialysis port in, but if his numbers get drastically worse before then, a temporary port will be put in to begin immediate dialysis over the weekend. Please continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers, and thank you to everyone who has donated and continues to send their love!!
A year ago Justin Buford was at the top of his game in professional bowling. And he was learning to love the game of golf as well. Now he spends most of his days in a hospital or a bed at home, trying to get some much needed rest and trying to get back to health.
After moving back to Florida last summer, he developed shingles at the age of 30. Because of that, his health started to spiral. Three months later, Justin, who has been a juvenile diabetic since age 8, was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease and heart failure.
Since last November, Justin’s heath has been up and down. As soon as he feels better, another setback creeps in. Just a few weeks ago, doctors determined that his heart function had not improved significantly with the meds he had been taking for 6 months. They decided to implant a defibrillator as a precaution, after his heart actual stopped for 8 seconds one morning. Now Justin is at the stage where he will need a heart and kidney transplant within the next three years, if not sooner.
All of this has left Justin unable to go back to work, putting additional stress on his wife and family. We are asking for help from the government, but you know how long that takes.
Friends and family, Justin’s family is in desperate need of funds to help pay for living cost, like rent and utilities, as well as help with his medicines. Right now, a list of 15 prescriptions is costing almost $300 a month to fill. He will be visiting Shands hospital in Gainesville in July to be evaluated by a team of advanced cardiologists and nephrologists. He will be placed on a transplant list immediately for his heart and kidneys and as soon as matches are available, he will receive them. And as we look toward a double transplant, we know his medical bills are going to increase tremendously.
Thank you again everyone for your prayers and support! They are deeply appreciated!