Woman who had double lung transplant entering hospice care
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - There's a sad update from a couple whose love story Local 12 has been following.
Sam Jameson, a cystic fibrosis patient who underwent a double lung transplant three years ago, is going into hospice care, according to a post on her and her husband's Facebook page:
Local 12 first met Ty and Sam Jameson in 2015 when Sam was in dire need of a double-lung transplant. She was waiting with a lung capacity of less than 15 percent and needed the transplant to survive. The miracle call came shortly after that. There was a donor.
She received the transplant and has since gotten engaged, married and celebrated two years of marriage with Ty. She also faced new challenges following the transplants, having battled pneumonia in January and squamous cell cancer.
On Wednesday night, Ty posted an update saying Sam had been on a ventilator and struggled to breathe without it. Doctors told the couple the next step would be to do a tracheoscopy procedure, which held no guarantee of Sam ever coming off the ventilator.
"Sam's tired. The thought of another procedure, another stretch of battles seems very daunting and extremely difficult to face in the condition that she is in," the post read in part.
After meeting with Sam's transplant doctor Monday, she ultimately decided to not go through with the procedure.
"Sam is tired and her body is in so much pain from fighting this whole year. She told us that she's ready. Ready to go home. So, it just crushes me to have to say this but, tomorrow we will be heading home to a hospice facility where Sam will comfortably and peacefully pass away," the post said. "This is so real. My heart is shredded. But as terrible as this is and just painful...There is so much peace to be had knowing that she will no longer have to suffer or be in pain, in this life or the next. There's so much peace to be had knowing where she is headed. This isn't her giving up, this is her being ready to go home."