On Thursday, June 19th Austin received a liver from an organ donor and underwent a transplant operation. Today, Austin's courage is shining through the IVs, computers and medical equipment surrounding his hospital bed. He's breathing on his own and responds to friends and family with a frail, but heartfelt smile. His doctors are very hopeful he'll continue to improve and his body will not reject his new liver.
Austin will spend the next 6 to 8 weeks in Omaha at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska where a group of specialized doctors and nurses will monitor his liver, help him recover and get him on his way back to the baseball diamond.
The family is very thankful for the unselfish gift they've received from an organ donor and encourages everyone to consider registering as an organ donor. You too could save a child's life and give a family the greatest blessing …just as the Demers have received.
Austin is the son of Jim and Patti Demers. The family has a long journey ahead of them and friends have set-up an account at Central Bank for donations to help cover the expenses. Please mail or drop-off your donation at any one of their 4 locations; PO Box 578, Storm Lake, IA 50588; PO Box 518, Cherokee, IA 51012; PO Box 776, Sioux City, IA 51102; or PO Box 188, Spirit Lake, IA 51360.
If you're an organ donor or register to become a donor, Central Bank will match your contribution and donate the matched funds to the Iowa Donor Network. Organ donor registration are available at Central Bank.
Visit caringbridge.org/visit/austindemers for pictures and updates on Austin's progress.