Monday, February 4, 2008

Christmas present for Lombard family!

See the follwoing....That's one of the seasons why I want to be an American! Most are generous for needing people with helping hearts. Ok they are not perfect as everyone is but .......

The Lombard family is not rich, the daughter got the liver that she deserve it from the help of people who cares! She got the liver by blessing or by accidently, that you have your own choice to think about it. OR just do not bother to think!!

The mother's faithful prayer is works. Sometime When I look around I found the miracle....... again also good people die each day too but who will not die and live forever? Popel die in different reasons and ways. I am not even try to understand it because the Big Guy from above is taking care of it!! Sometime people do pray which is still not answer. Some got the answer in a month or in 5 year or 8 years...Also this is not my job to understand it because again this is the job of Big Guy's!!!! My main job is keep praying also in a good time or bad time. If I say " thank you" when in the good time only and blame to God for when I am in the bad time?? Let me tell you "This is not fair for the very Big Guy at all".... Enough !

Hope you all enjoy the article!

Teen won't give up after liver transplant

Special to The R-C Fifteen-year-old Douglas High sophomore Julie Rodriguez at Stanford Medical Center with golden retriever Carly. Carly helps Rodriguez in physical therapy. Rodriguez is learning to walk again after liver failure put her in a coma. She received a new liver on Dec. 30.

by Scott Neuffer,
February 3, 2008, 6:00 AM

Andrea Lombard said she didn't know how to ask God for someone else to die, so her daughter could live."I bent down on my knees, and I prayed for Him to take my life," she said. She prayed many times the night of Dec. 29 at Stanford University Medical Center.

Doctors had just told her that her daughter, 15-year-old Douglas High sophomore Julie Rodriguez, would die within hours unless she received a new liver."The doctor said he would take any liver at that point, that each minute was gold," said Lombard, in a tearful interview on Tuesday. "He came in at 9:45 p.m. and said they'd found one, from a 24-year-old boy from Fresno with the same blood."But for Lombard, the miracle was ambivalent. "I don't know how the boy died," she said. "How do you thank someone for giving their life to save your child?"Struggle with uncertainty is nothing new for Lombard.

In 2000, she immigrated to the United States from Argentina."I was a single mother with three children," she said. "In Argentina, we were poor."In Nevada, Lombard not only found a job as a cook for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, but met her second husband, welder Phil Lombard, and had another child. Last November, her eldest, Argentina-born Julie Rodriguez, was a typical outgoing teenager. A sophomore at Douglas High School, her mother said she had lots of friends. She frequently took swim classes in hopes of one day being a rescue swimmer for the Navy.

Around the end of November, Julie's skin began turning yellow. She went to a doctor and was diagnosed with hepatitis A. But that was erroneous. A week later Julie's liver failed and put her in an emergency room at Carson-Tahoe Regional Medical Center. By the time she reached a liver specialist at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Reno, her condition was so precarious doctors had to perform a biopsy through her neck because of continual blood transfusions."She was going through four bags of blood a day," Lombard recalled. "They found that 65 percent of her liver was dead."The cause of her sickness was not Hepatitis but a serious side effect of medication she was taking for thyroid problems, Lombard said.

On Dec. 12, Julie was taken by helicopter to Stanford for a transplant. "She went into a coma. She woke up a little while on Christmas, but fell back into a coma the day after," Lombard said. "Her brain began swelling. Doctors said her body was shutting down. She wasn't responding to anything."Julie was among hundreds waiting on a transplant list, Lombard said."Being at Stanford, I saw 9-month-old babies with leukemia. Mothers crying and waiting for transplants," Lombard said. It got worse. Doctors told her Julie's brain was dying. "Before she went into a coma, she made a promise. She said, 'Mom, you've taught me to fight my whole life, and I'm going to fight no matter what,'" Lombard said.]

On Dec. 30, at 5:30 a.m., Julie went into surgery. During the middle of the operation, her heart stopped for four minutes. Doctors revived her, but questioned whether her brain was dead. They placed a new liver inside her body and completed the operation. Twelve hours later, Julie opened an eye and asked for her mother. "She looked at me with one eye, with a tube in her mouth, and she said, 'Mom?'" Lombard recalled, with tears streaming down her face. "I can't describe how crazy it was during that time. I don't want to remember it. It was horrible."Julie spent the New Year in intensive care fighting for life. Her lungs collapsed. She developed diabetes and lost 59 pounds. But she kept her promise to keep fighting, and gradually, day by day, improved."She had to re-learn how to eat, how to speak," Lombard said. "And when she could speak, she'd say, 'Mom, I want to go home.'"Lombard and her husband drove back and forth between Stanford and the Valley, working for a couple days, talking to Julie by phone, then going back. Co-workers at the Sheriff's Office donated sick hours so Lombard could have more time off. They also helped drive the family to California and pay for Julie's medical bills. "Her therapy (speech and physical) is $5,000 a day," said Lombard, whose medical insurance has capped out. But the therapy has been working. Julie is regaining her ability to speak and is learning to walk.

On Friday, she was moved to the Ronald McDonald House for child-transplant patients, down the street from Stanford. "She's starting to set goals again," said Lombard. "She said, 'If I can't go into the Navy, I want to open a restaurant with you.'"Julie's biggest challenge is for her body to accept the new liver. Lombard said she has at least two more months in the Ronald McDonald House before coming home."We haven't taken down our Christmas decorations," Lombard said. "She still has presents waiting for her at home." Toward the end of the interview, Julie called her mom."I want to thank all of those helping me," she said on speaker phone. "I want to thank Douglas High School and my friends and family for being there. I'm coming home soon."Those interested in helping the Lombard family with medical bills can make donations to Bank of America account No. 0520866907.

Sunday, February 3, 2008


I just finished the movie, "The Departed"... I love the movie!!! One of my favourite. If I am one of the board menbers of the Oscar, I would say "the Oscar goes to Leonardo De Capio".....He is a real telented actor. Lately I was watching some very good movies. Thanks to Hollywood! For me... in entertainment, without Hollywood, what movies am I going to watch? There are some more good movies that I remember of...:"Blood Diamod", "Amrican Gangster", The Assassination of Jesse Jame", "Sweeney Todd", "Larry .."( whatever about that fake gay couple), and "Amazing Grace", "Wardance (documentary)" "The King of Scottland"... ect....Oh they are good!! My husband loves "Sicko" but I can't stand that man, Mr. Moor?? I think he is ugly.

Let me tell you how good the hollywood is ........some movies are so look real that they can make me and my family laugh, angry, cry and sometime teach me about life (which is better than SPME of my old Professors) . Yes... there are some bad movies too. Somehow I do not like some movies ..example... "shortcut to Hppiness, Because I said so, I think I love my wife, cast away, ta ta ta....." The worst is "Jackass"..(the store owner in Bangkok told me it is very funny moives, (he said "vely vely good you look ok!!), so I bought and watched at home. Let me tell you one of the nightmare for me!! ( I did watch some not all). People around the world some (OK remember here I said "some") do not like American but most of them love American Movies.

The closet Movies shooting I had been was In Belize. Me and my son was on the beach and Banjaman Brad was making the movie "after the Storm" That time he was with Julia Robert..... She is so beautiful. We went into his movie setting the movie, it was built for a very poor man!! I had met the Producer of "Rug Rat" cartoon movie. He came to my house in Bangkok and ate my Robins's Shrimps. He is a nice guy! OK ..Thank you Hollywood and weldone actors and actress.

I am a woman who is very proud to be an American. Do not miss understand me ofcourse I love my Shan State in Burma but ................................... Somehow I have a new life now. What Amercan give me is a good life (not talking about money). Let me tell you in America one came to my door and said "give me your Jeep car we need it of 3 months" but never came back, OR "Give me your land we need that for who and whos" later I saw some stranger living in my land OR "come and pick up your relative he/she just die of bird flu in Jail." without chickens around ect........ endless stories!!

I love you Hollywood and America!! Thanks agian!