January 9, 2010 UPDATEYvonne is out of ICU! Her phone number is 310- 267-6393. You may mail cards or send flowers to her at Ronald Reagan Medical Center, 757 Westwood Plaza, Room 8625, Los Angeles, CA 90095.
Her recovery is truly a miracle. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers!
Santa and Trudie
January 5, 2011 UPDATE from Santa Vessella CalderonAs of Sunday,Yvonne was resting well without the breathing tube... finally. She is responsive and talks to us with her eyes. She is still in serious condition, but the liver is producing bile and all vitals are stable. She is very thin and has a long way to go to look like the beautiful Yvonne we know and love. I've never seen so many tube connections in my life! She is in the transplant ICU at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center; however, she cannot receive flowers or anything yet. I will let you know when they transfer her to a regular room.
From Guy Gingel:
Yvonne has received her liver transplant and is doing well. The BHS Angel Fund is working to see what we can donate.
And from Trudie Lombard Hentze:
Good news... Yvonne received a new liver last night and, so far, is doing okay. However, she has a long way to go, so please keep those prayers and good thoughts coming her way! Many of you have asked where you can send cards. I will let you know as soon as I can confirm where she wants them sent. Also, unless any 65 Classmates object, I will donate $200 from our alumni fund for Yvonne's medical expenses.
Thank you all,
Received this email today from Trudie...
Yvonne is on the California liver transplant list, seriously ill and urgently in need of this surgery. SHE IS CONFINED TO THE HOSPITAL UNTIL A DONOR LIVER BECOMES AVAILABLE, which is causing the bills to mount exponentially. Simply put, the cost for this care substantially exceeds her health insurance coverage and the family's resources. Major surgery shouldn't bankrupt a family or threaten to financially ruin their lives. So the Friends of Yvonne and Doc Kupka have organized this medical fund to help cover her catastrophic medical expenses.
Please go to http://yvonnekupka.com/ and read more about her condition and how people are trying to help. You can also listen to the beautiful song, "Yvonne", written by her husband.
We will try to keep you posted on her condition. Please keep Yvonne in your prayers!
Santa Vessella Calderon
& Trudie Lombard Hentze