2-year old Asher has already had 11 general anaesthetics as he’s battled chronic kidney disease since he was born. He’s been on dialysis three times a week for months. The next step is a kidney transplant – which Dad Simon is going to provide.
11th September in London is the big day – Simon at Guy’s Hospital (a 4-hour operation) and Asher at the Evelina Children’s Hospital (up to 11 hours). God-willing, Simon will be home after 4-5 days and fully recovered in 2-3 months; Asher (with mum Judy and baby sister Evangelina) will stay in hospital for a couple of weeks before returning to Southampton. He will begin to feel significantly better than he’s ever felt before after just a few days – but the next 6 months will be full of immunosuppressants, steroids, litres of fluid, and countless blood tests.
That won’t be the end of the road – Simon and Judy have been told to expect further bumps in his recovery – and Asher will need further transplant operations when he’s older.
Add in looking after Dan (16) and Sophie (13), and life will continue to be very full on!
How can we as their church family support them?
1. Pray – the whole family will need God’s strength to get through each day over the coming months
2. Practical help. Once Simon is home, go to this mealtrain to sign up to cook a meal
3. Financial help. These 6 months are going to be financially costly. A friend has set up a crowdfunding page to help with additional costs of travel to hospitals and lost income – they estimate up to £10,000 over the coming months.