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My cousin was recently put on a feeding tube, what do you think the outlook is?

Asked by DylanMueller (205 points ) July 10th, 2012

My cousin has Cystic Fibrosis and is 29 years old. Last year she received a lung transplant and the outlook was quite positive, however her body has been rejecting the new organs and she’s lost a lot of weight (Appearing very unhealthy). Unfortunatly now she’s on oxygen, and it is difficult even for her to walk up a flight of stairs. I was told if she was to get another transplant this would fix all of that, but because she’s lost all this weight her doctors decided to put her on a feeding tube. I know this sounds stupid but is this good or bad? Should I be expecting something to happen soon :\ ?

I’m very worried and scared for her but I really don’t know what to think about all of it.

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Cruiser's avatar

She sounds like a fighter. She needs this feeding tube to regain the energy she needs to keep fighting. All you can do is be there for her for support.

marinelife's avatar

Many things could go wrong, but she might recover. Pray for her.

poisonedantidote's avatar

It does not sound good, but I would advise you don’t underestimate what doctors can do now days. I have a friend who crashed in to a truck head on at 300kph on a motorbike, today he has 2 or 3 missing fingers and still races bikes. Everyone thought he was done for but he made it and lives a good life.

My grandmother had a massive heart attack, she had to have a tripply bypass, doctors told her she had about another 5 years to go, that was 10 years ago now. She just got back from visiting Egypt age 82, and plans to come to Spain this summer, again, she is leading a good life.

I also live next to some male/female twins, both got throat cancer a few years ago, they were both given 90% chance of death, they now have no sign of cancer at all, one just got married and had a kid, the other works as a painter, and they are all getting on with their life.

Until the doctors start sounding negative about it, I would assume things to be ok.

syz's avatar

The organ rejection is a big setback, but the feeding tube itself is not a bad sign. If the doctor can get her weight back up, she’ll be in better shape to withstand and recover from another transplant surgery.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

I don’t know anything about lung transplants or the odds. What I can tell you is that one of the first kidney transplant patients was a member of my community, and his prognosis was grim. If I recall correctly, he needed a second transplant at some point. He lived for at least thirty more years. This was back in the 80s. Medical technology has come a long way since then.

When my sister was diagnosed with cancer in Stage 4 of 5, it felt like her death certificate had already been written. Despite that, she battled it for five more years. It was a roller coaster ride for her and our family. One thing she made clear to all: Do not dig my grave yet. Support me as you would if I were healthy. If I need help, I will ask for it. I think that you should do the same for your cousin.

Mariah's avatar

I couldn’t possibly guess a prognosis, but it sounds like she’s suffering. If it’s any consolation, if the worst happens, she will at least not be in pain anymore.

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