BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) — As a Baton Rouge Police Department dispatcher, Davette Jordan is used to taking calls that save lives but getting this specific call was personal and will save her husband’s life.
“I’m actually at a loss of words. I’m just blessed, I could not believe that I am a match,” said Davette. “Just thought I’d be tested, really wasn’t expecting to be a match, got a phone call back that I was a match, a tissue and blood match.”
Having been adopted, Davette said a lack of family medical knowledge led her to believe the chances were slim.
“I thought it was a joke, I thought she was being funny because I was frustrated, a lot of family and friends had been tested and they weren’t a match,” said her husband Micheal Jordan.
Micheal has been suffering from end-stage renal disease as a result of a heart attack and open-heart surgery. The couple said the health challenges have been life-changing.
“It’s extreme fatigue, exhaustion, discomfort, and pain, and insomnia because you can’t sleep at night,” said Micheal.
“I’ve actually had to pick up a lot of overtime because my husband is unable to work right now, the bills don’t stop,” said Davette.
Davette isn’t the only one putting in overtime, the couple has been fortunate enough to have helping hands from their grandchildren.
“The grandkids have played a significant role, they’ve kind adapted themselves to my illnesses and they’ve actually become little caretakers themselves. The two youngest ones, they give me my medicine, the older ones, they help me prep for dialysis and take my blood pressure,” said Micheal.
As a Navy veteran, Micheal said his time serving has prepared him for this chapter of his life.
“Being in Iraq for four tours and Afghanistan, I feel that helps me to deal with the dark days and the sad days,” said Micheal.
Davette and Micheal said their faith has gotten them this far, it’s been difficult but with prayer and the support of their church community and family, they are confident they’ll get past this.
The couple has exhausted all of their resources and savings due to the unexpected mounting cost of out-of-pocket medical expenses, but they are still hopeful and looking forward to life after surgery.
A family friend has set up a GoFundMe for the couple to offset their medical costs. There is a goal of $10,000 dollars and they are currently halfway to that goal.
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