DAYTONA Fla. – A man from Edgewater needs a lung transplant and the family is calling on the community to share their struggle to help him get home.
Bryce Griffin, 32, suffers from a severe COVID-19 infection and is undergoing physical therapy to become a candidate for a double lung transplant.
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Griffin’s husband stands by her husband’s bedside in Daytona twelve hours a day.
“We’re just trying to make him stronger, we’re a team, he and I, he’s everything to me, he’s my light,” said Hailee Griffin.
Bryce is currently on an ECMO machine, he can’t speak, but he can pronounce words.
Hailee explains that the father of two daughters started showing symptoms on July 30.
A few days later, he had to be hospitalized and later intubated. Doctors said a lung transplant is needed after Bryce’s lungs fill with dangerous amounts of CO2.
He was not vaccinated before contracting COVID-19, which the Edgewater family says is exacerbating this situation as they were already taking steps to get the vaccine.
“It’s a dose of reality, you know you hear how bad it is and I think you never expect it to happen to you … we’ll do anything and everything we can, you know we’ll be vaccinated as soon as he can handle it and whatnot, so whatever it takes to keep our family strong and together, Griffin said.
Bryce’s father said he is frustrated with several hospitals hesitating, but while some are showing interest, time is of the essence.
“It’s terrible that this is our only son in the hospital who needs lungs and if he had the lungs he would be great again,” said Randy Griffin.
Hailee begs anyone watching their story to spread her husband’s argument so he can go home.
“If we get this chance, he’s going to make it… he’s going home. The rest of him is perfect, his brain, his heart, liver, kidneys, he’s amazing… He’s willing to fight and do whatever it takes to get home to his girls,” Hailee Griffin said.
Griffin’s family has set up a GoFundMe fundraiser to help pay for his medical expenses.
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