Shortly after celebrating a year and a half of marriage, high school sweethearts Lisa and Reid Barker were suddenly challenged to live out their wedding vows—in sickness and in health— much sooner than expected.
Lisa Barker suffered from a rare (1 in 1,000,000 odds) condition known as Budd-Chiari syndrome, and needed air medical transport from Baylor Regional Medical Center in Plano, Texas to Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.
Budd–Chiari syndrome is a condition caused by the blockage of the hepatic veins that drain the liver.
In the words of Flight Nurse, Diana Jones…
When Chris and I arrived at Baylor Plano, we only knew that there was a young, unstable female who needed immediate transfer for emergent dialysis and liver transplant. Along with the help of the staff at the sending hospital, the support and cooperation of Lisa’s family, our amazing pilot, Brad, and the incredible staff at BUMC ICU, we were able to get her safely into the hands of the doctors who would help save her life at BUMC. She had been given 48 hours to live and within 10, she had been matched with a donor.
Two years later, Lisa and her family have reached out to everyone that was involved in her care, to say thank you and show that Lisa made a full recovery. Lisa’s story is a reminder that air medical transport makes precious minutes count!