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Sylvania Whitaker receives kidney transplant

Blair Branch

Hello everyone! I hope this finds each of you happy, healthy and warm!

It sure has been cold the last couple of nights. We had a pretty big frost this morning. It was around 20 degrees here at our house, but I heard a couple people say it was closer to 15 degrees at their house. Either way, it’s too cold for me.

I am so very thankful to have a nice warm home to protect me from this weather. I hope that everyone does. I also hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know we did. And yes, I ate way too much.

My sisters, Opal Jent and Missy Fields, were in Lexington at the transplant center on Friday, Nov. 17, for Opal to do the last round of tests to donate Mom a kidney. After nearly all the tests were complete, everything was looking good. The living donor coordinator said that it would be possible for Mom to receive the kidney as early as Dec. 20.

There was just one more test that needed to be done, but with Opal being allergic to the dye they were going to use during the procedure, she needed to be medicated prior to the test to prevent a severe reaction. The doctor hadn’t ordered the medications so they had to wait for the orders to come in.

Our awesome and amazing God then blessed our family with a miracle. As they were waiting, Opal received a phone call from the coordinator telling her that she didn’t need to go forward with the test at that point because they were calling Mom right then to come to UK for a possible transplant.

Mom and Dad, Allen and Sylvania, were beyond thrilled. When Mom called me, she was crying and thanking the Lord. She was so scared for any of us to donate that she still hadn’t agreed to it and had being praying hard that it wouldn’t come to that.

We were hesitant to get too excited because we had been down this road several times before and it never had worked out. But God answered the prayer Mom had been praying. He answered all of our prayers.

As hard as it is to accept sometimes, all things happen in His time. The perfect time.

Mom received her kidney on Saturday morning. The surgery went smoothly and everything worked perfectly. Being the fighter that she is, Mom was up walking the same day. She was able to come home the night before Thanksgiving and we couldn’t have been more thankful.

There just aren’t words to express how humbled we are to God for answering our prayers, or how grateful we are to the angel who donated their organs and saved multiple lives that night. I am sure the donor’s family is grieving and I ask that each of you pray for God to be with them, to touch them.

We will never know who the donor was, but hope that their family knows that we are forever thankful for their generous gift that saved Mom’s life.

Our whole family would like to thank everyone who has ever sent up a prayer for Mom at any point in time. It is greatly appreciated and we would like each of you to know that we would do the same for you, anytime.

Special thanks to Angelletta and Don Fields for being so kind to our family while they were staying in Lexington.

Michael, the boys, and I attended church at Dixon Memorial Old Regular Baptist Church on Sunday. There were several people there and it was a wonderful meeting. Both singing and preaching were wonderful.

After, we all went to Mom’s and had dinner with the family. Opal already had dinner waiting on us when we got there. She had stayed with Mom while Dad went to church. Thanks, Opal.

Opal’s son, Daniel Jent, had a stomach virus during Thanksgiving and wasn’t able to eat with us. He has been sick with it for several days. I hope he is back to normal quickly. A stomach bug is so miserable.

Allen and Jessica Jent were in for Black Friday. Opal baby-sat the kids so they could go out shopping. She was thrilled to have them there. Little Zack is growing like a weed.

I wasn’t able to visit with them this time. I was none too happy about that. I sure love those babies!

Van Blair and Ellis Adams are in the hospital. I don’t know all the details, but I hope they both are feeling better real soon.

Mom spoke with her brother, David Allen Blair. He wasn’t doing too well. I wish he could get to doing better. We all do.

Her sister, Mattie Adams, also called. Mom was glad to hear from her as well. Mattie said she was doing pretty well.

Mom also ask me to mention that the man who sat beside her at dialysis passed away this week, and she was real sorry to hear that.

Jamie Collins ate Thanksgiving dinner with her mom, Wilma Halcomb, at the nursing home in Hazard when they had it. I bet that tickled Wilma. Johnny and Tammy Whitaker also went to visit with her recently. They said she is doing well.

Renee Smith was baptized Nov. 18 at the Bull Creek Old Regular Baptist Church by David Jent, Earl Combs, Ralph Jent and Chris Smith.

Mary Magdalene Caudill Frazier of Premium died on Nov. 25, at the Greg & Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center in Hazard. She was 70 years old. Mary was a member of the Hot Spot Community Baptist Church and American Legion, and was an Army veteran. She was the daughter of the late Raymond Jones and Rebecca Caudill. She is survived by daughter, Angela (Joseph) Hughes of Columbus, Ga., Leona Jean Young of Ohio; brother Truman Caudill of Blair Branch; grandchildren Cassandra Villers, Isaac Villers, Melissa Cochran and LeannaRae Gillis; and greatgrandchild Skylar Bennett. The funeral will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Hotspot Community Baptist Church in Premium with Eli Smith officiating. DAV military honors will be given by the Knott County DAV Chapter 171. Burial will follow at the Whitaker Cemetery at Premium.

Please keep the family in your prayers as they go through this rough time.

I only have a few birthdays to mention this week. Juanita Hensley celebrated her birthday on Nov. 20; Wanda Whitehead and Sonja West, Nov. 23; Billy Gene Blair will celebrate his birthday on Nov. 30; Jessica Watts-Combs, Dec. 3; Dwana Whitaker and Hayden Jent, Dec. 4.

Happy birthday to each of you. I hope your day is filled with all the love and laughter in the world!

Rebecca and Chris Ingram celebrated their wedding anniversary on Nov. 18. Happy anniversary!

If I have left anyone or anything out, just let me know and I will be glad to get you next time. I hope everyone has a healthy and happy week.

If you would like to contact me, feel free to give me a call or you may email me at alanacouch@hotmail.com.

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