Double lung, kidney transplant takes first steps

“It’s very real and you don’t realize it until it happens to someone that you love. And it doesn’t discriminate on age, color, nothing,” Tori Vondenstein stated.

HOUSTON — Colby Vondenstein is sharing his battle with COVID-19 in hopes of reaching youthful adults who won’t be taking the virus significantly.

The 24-year previous Harris County husband and father of three has no underlying well being points. He celebrated Christmas along with his prolonged household. They all examined constructive for COVID-19 across the similar time. Vondenstein examined constructive on Dec.28.

Everyone however Vondenstein recovered.

His well being deteriorated a lot that he was taken, by way of ambulance, to San Jacinto Methodist Hospital on Jan. 5.

While on a ventilator within the hospital’s COVID-19 ICU Unit, Vondenstein’s kidneys failed and his lungs collapsed.

He was moved to the Methodist Hospital within the Texas Medical Center on Jan. 11.

Within days, medical doctors informed his household the 24-year previous would wish a double lung and kidney transplant to outlive.

Vondenstein’s household says initially the transplant assessment staff denied putting him on a transplant listing as a result of he was so bodily weak. A few weeks later, his case was offered earlier than the staff, once more, and he was accredited for a double organ transplant.

Vondenstein’s spouse, Tori, stated on Feb. 28, medical doctors gave him simply a few days to stay. That evening, medical doctors discovered an ideal match for Vondenstein’s lungs and kidney. His household says it’s a miracle.

One month later, with healthcare staff by his aspect and his members of the family praying as they watched by a video streaming service, Colby Vondenstein walked for the first time in three months.

“It felt good,” Vondenstein stated throughout a Zoom interview with KHOU 11. He’s now out of ICU and in intermediate care.

“There are so many nurses and physical therapists,” stated Tori Vondenstein as she held the telephone used for the interview. “Houston Methodist has been truly amazing. Amazing. They saved his life.”

The spouse of the chemical plant employee says watching her husband struggle for his life in a COVID ICU Unit was, “torture. Complete torture.”

To the household of the organ donor, Vondenstein says, “I want to meet them and talk to them and tell them thank you and I’m sorry for what happened to their loved one.”

Methodist Hospital believes Vondenstein is among the many first to obtain a double lung and kidney transplant due to COVID-19.

The Vondensteins are hoping Colby’s story reminds others that COVID-19 continues to be spreading by the neighborhood and that we’re nonetheless within the midst of a world pandemic. “A lot of younger people blow it off and I hope that his story maybe sheds a little bit of light on how COVID can affect even the younger crowd.”

Colby Vondenstein’s household is hoping you’ll pray for his recovery. They’ve created face masks that learn: let your religion be larger than your fears. #ColbySturdy, and prayer shirts that learn: that is how I struggle my battles.

The hope is that Vondenstein is launched from the hospital within the subsequent two weeks. He should work with a bodily therapist to re-learn methods to swallow in order that he can eat on his personal, and he should proceed to stroll, one step at a time.


Colby Vondenstein will not be going to bodily be capable of work for the following year.

His household is inviting you to a profit on the Crosby Fairgrounds on May 8.

Here is the flyer for the profit:

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