The Explorer News | Chris Flora
Theresa Chavez, a teacher at Ironwood Ridge High School, feels like she is often thought of as “the woman with the sick husband,” while in fact, she is far more than that. She is a mother to two children, Ryan, 12, and Isabella, 19 months. She is a teacher who has been locally recognized for changing the lives of students with troubled home lives. And indeed, she is a wife to Tim Chavez, a man she never wants to have to live without.
But the truth is, Tim is very sick.
When he was 24 years old, Tim was diagnosed with chronic autoimmune hepatitis, which, over the passing years, has caused severe scarring on his liver as his white blood cells continue to attack his own organs. According to doctors, should a liver become available, Tim would immediately qualify for a transplant- he is that ill.
“Tim is dying,” wrote Theresa in a letter for help. “That’s a hard sentence for me to write, because it would bring to an end the most sacred relationship in my life.”
The couple has turned to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, one of the leading liver transplant facilities in the country, for answers.
So far, the only answers have been “more money” and “more waiting.”