An Upstate woman is thankful to be alive after having a triple transplant. Stephanie Lindstrom has been in the hospital nearly four months and the medical bills are piling up.
Joel Lindstrom said his wife of 14 years was born with a heart defect. She has had five open heart surgeries, most recently in 2010. Last year, she went on the transplant list hoping and praying she would get a new heart before it was too late.
"May 19, she passed out and fell upstairs in our bathroom," Joel Lindstrom said. "She hit her head and broke her nose."
Joel said she was then rushed to the hospital and has been at Emory ever since. They told her she not only needed a heart, but that her liver and kidney were failing her too. This summer, they thought those organs would never arrive in time.
"We found out on the Fourth of July they told us that she was probably not going to make it," Joel Lindstrom said. "We were preparing for the worst."
But he said it's amazing what God can do when you have faith.
"Two days later on the sixth we got notified that organs had become available," he said.
The very next day Stephanie got a heart, liver and kidney transplant. He describes it as a complex surgery almost never heard of that took two days and more than 15 hours to complete. Today, his wife is slowing recovering and has to re-learn how to walk and swallow.
"I am just amazed at God's timing in all of this," Joel Lindstrom said.
If you would like to get more information about Stephanie's progress or make a donation to help, there are several websites set up.
There will be a Silent Auction this Saturday at Heritage Bible Church in Greer from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more information contact Grace Hyde at 864-386-0632.
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