Mother in need of double lung transplant
SENOIA, Ga. - A mother in Senoia is in the fight of her life. She needs a double lung transplant and time is running out. Her son is only six years old, and doctors said she has two years before time runs out. The clock is ticking for her to get on the donor list.
Amy Majors is adopted. When she was 13, she asked to see her adoption papers and it was there she learned two relatives on her mother’s side had pulmonary arterial hypertension. She looked it up, didn't have any symptoms, and didn't think anything else of it. She went to college, got married, and was even pregnant, but at 24 weeks, she became ill and had to terminate the pregnancy.
"We were left so empty. You expect to go into the hospital pregnant and come out holding your child. It was just empty, it's an empty feeling I don't think I can ever describe other than empty," said Majors
That was nine years ago and it was just the beginning of her battle with pulmonary arterial hypertension.
"Doctors gave me a week to live, wanted me to have a double lung transplant, but after I had Mariah things got a little better and I didn't have to go to St. Louis and I lived past the 7 days," said Majors.
In fact, things got a lot better over time. She was back at work, even adopted Michael, the joy of her life.
"He has been an awesome gift to us. Just amazing, up until he was 2 and a half, when he really got to running and really getting busy. I was like ‘Oh, man, I need to exercise to keep up with him,’" said Majors.
By 2016 it was clear her body was giving out. From June to December she remained hospitalized with infection after infection. Homework with mom at Emory University Hospital became an everyday thing.
She got a little better and went back home with Michael, but by last November, doctors started talking transplants.
"I was like ‘Oh no!’ Because Michael was only 6 and statics say an organ is only good for 10 to 12 years. Those are such short numbers that put him at 16. I said he has to graduate, prom, go to college, get married," said Majors.
She declined and kept fighting, but this month it was clear she couldn't wait. She asked her doctor how long do I have?
"‘I don't see you living past 24 months.’ My heart just crumbled because I could only think about my son," said Majors.
While she waited to see if she gets on a donor list, she makes sure to spend every second with her son.
"I definitely pray every day I do make the list, and I do receive the lungs so that I can show him no matter what life gives you, what cards you are dealt. You pick them up and you play them and you play them to the best of your ability. And that's all you can do," said Major.
She should know in the next few weeks whether she's on the list on not, but right now she said Medicare has declined to cover the transplant. And she said her disability was declined, citing her condition wasn't serious enough. She's working to get that appeal.
Monday, in downtown Senoia, a booth will be set up to help raise funds, she also has a GoFundMe page called Help Amy Majors. Anyone who would like to donate can go GoFundMe.com/help-amy-majors