Sunday, December 19, 2004


Our Christmas miracle is happening today. David is
getting his liver today. Please keep your prayers
alive for a smooth operation and speedy recovering.

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At 3:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're can't tell you have overjoyed we are to hear this news! If there is ANYTHING we can do to help out during David's recovery period, please let us know. You're both in our thoughts everyday.
Maureen and David (Elrich)

At 3:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miracle is the only word for it...but you both deserve a miracle after all you've been through. Our love and prayers are with you.
Pam and Ed

At 4:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Nancy and David and your family: "He knows the angels that you need and sends them to your side to comfort, guard, and guide."

Praying for a successful operation, a smooth recovery and to David's celebration of many more birthdays in his lifetime!! God has blessed you with a Christmas miracle and He will take you ALL the way through - with nothing less than success, and perfection! You are in our thoughts - love from your backyard neighbors!!!

At 8:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nancy and David

You have been in our prayers and we were so happy to hear that you found a liver and that the surgery is today. We pray that everything goes well and for a speedy recovery.

Al and Nancy Levene

At 8:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nancy: Glad to hear via Dave and Fran that David made it through the surgery and is safely in recovery - keep us posted. Praying for you guys. Love to David. Amy

At 10:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mary Christman

At 11:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nancy & David - we were overjoyed when we heard that David was receiving a liver today. Even more so reading the previous message that he is in recovery and doing well. All of our holidays are extra happy for this great news. Can't wait to hear more from you tomorrow.

The Coules<3

At 1:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're overjoyed to find that David is in recovery. With all our prayers and intentions he should have a very short and successful recovery. Nancy please tell him to get well quick; the Red Sox are going to need their number one fan this Summer!

All our love,

Frank and Linda

At 8:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great news that was passed on to us last night. Our thoughts are with you, David and Nancy.

Marty and Barbara Brochstein

At 9:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

David and Nancy, this is such great news. We will continue to pray for a speedy recovery for David.
Polly and Bob

At 9:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nancy: "Everlasting arms of Love
Are beneath, around, above;
God it is who bears us on,
His the arm we lean upon.

He our ever-present guide
Faithful is whate'er betide;
Gladly then we journey on,
With His arm to lean upon.

From earth's fears and vain alarms
Safe in His encircling arms
He will keep us all the way,
GOd, our refuge, stregth and stay." John Macduff

Thinking of you and David. A

At 9:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad to hear the news! Best wishes for a speedy recovery and a very merry Christmas.


Ellin & Mark

At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nancy and David,
This is such wonderful news. We will continue to keep you in our prayers for a fast recovery.

Pam and Bob Loder

At 12:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord!!! Pray that Jesus would say a word from heaven sothat David would get healing that the same way a Centurion's servant was healed in bible. Keep your faith strong.

Preetam Cheeli

At 12:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

David, I am so pleased that the transplant occurred. I will check back for progress reports. You continue in my prayers.

Bill Edwards

At 1:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations and God Bless your family this Christmas season :o) Praise God for miracles and blessings!!

At 5:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is great news! I worked with David in the earlies '80s (me for DJ communications and David for AP/DJ) and we both went to Rider. I am still working for The Wall Street Journal in NY and wish David a speedy recovery.

Paul Kaplan

At 6:25 PM, Blogger Heide said...

Hoooooraaaaayyyyy!!! And a big Howard Dean-ish YEAAHHAHHHAHAHAA! I heard the news and can't tell you how happy I am for the two of you! There really IS a miracle on 34th street this year! Hope to see you soon.

Love to you both,


At 6:33 PM, Blogger Kathy Bird said...

When you all hear the whole story, you will have one of two reactions, I suspect:

One will be, "Oh wow, that's soooo David."

The other will be, "Oh, wow. I cannot believe anyone would think that or say that and that is so ... unbelievable, or some awesome, or ... I don't know what to say to that news." Or some variation of the theme.

So here it is.

David was offered the liver of another person on Friday and declined to take it. He was offered the chance for continued life and he said, incredibly, in essence, "Awwwhhhh, naw."

David passed up a new liver after being presented with the facts and told he might likely have to have another repeat operation for a new liver in the future. The odds? 35%.

Given that, he said to his wife, and myself, "I didn't want to be a double-dipper."

This guy decided that he did not want to take another liver and then later, have that transplanted as not right to him and take another!

So, incredibly, he took a pass and let someone else have that liver and that person got a translant and is doing fine.

His time had not yet come, he reasoned, and it would.

And without much a wait, he got his chance.

His peace with his decision is amazing.

It makes the hairs on my arms stand on end to think about, frankly.

David, asking someone else to give him new life, gave a chance of new life to another and embraced and accepted that his time would come.

And it did.

He gave up the gift of new life to a stranger and let that person have a transplanted liver last Friday night and he accepted, and I mean joyfully and fully accepted,the risk that he would have another opportunity at a shot of more life on earth with Nancy and Alex and Tasha and their friends and family.

David was so, so, so peace and in joy of his decision to forego the opportnity on Friday night and to roll the dice of another chance.

Was his decision sound and right?


David made the best decision and it is the right decision for him and we support his decision to give new and better life to another human being and he would wait for his turn.

I was always a little weirded out by the whole idea of organ or tissue transplants in the past and I've gotten quite an education and am a convert in a short time.

Please ... continue to pray for David and Nancy and their whole network of friends, neighbors and family and for them and for themselves.

We all love you and deeply appreciate everything you have done and said and offered and we're in for a long road of roller-coaster rides ahead ...

Most of all, I ask you, since I am David's sister and have two teenagers and am 40 mins away, please continue to support Nancy and Alex and Tasha as we are all doing -- family, friends and neighbors --and know thst I am my siblings, Maryann Bird in London and Dennis Bird and his family in Dorchester, Mass., -- love you all and thank you all from the very bottom of our hearts.

Love to all,

Kathy Bird, Hopewell, NJ

At 6:44 PM, Blogger Kathy Bird said...

David got liver transplant on Sunday, in case you missed that big, big news in the midst of the chatter.

David passed on Friday for another's chance at life and waited patiently for his chance, which, miraculously and thankfully, came Sunday morning on Dec. 19.

Love and hugs to all,

Kathy Bird (sister) and Matt (17) and Brendan (15) in Hopewell, NJ

At 7:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to hear the great news! Our prayers are with you for a speedy and healthy recovery.

Chris and Kim

At 9:23 PM, Blogger Nancy,George and Emily said...

If only you could have heard the shrieks of joy when we heard the news! We are so, so elated to know that soon, Alex and Tasha will have their Daddy back home and Nancy will have you by her side with the promise of a wonderful future together. You have shown such courage and humor during this unbelievably difficult time and words cannot express how truly happy we are for you! We'll keep you in our prayers for a speedy and uncomplicated recovery. Please know that we will continue to help you and Nancy in whatever way we can.

In addition we'd like to acknowledge the people who came forward as living donors and more than anyone, the person who gave you the gift of life!!

BIG Hugs and Kisses,

Nancy, George and Emily

At 5:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I heard the good news from my DJ colleagues yesterday, I was overcome with tears of joy. When I read the story behind the story on your blog, I got goose bumps. Your story is truly an amazing Christmas tale. When you wrote me in November that you were determined to "beat this", your analytical reporting was as usual accurate and inspirational. Our thoughts over Christmas are with you for a speedy and full recovery.

Best, Mike and Marina

At 7:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Know that your friends from the past (Trenton Times) are pulling for your future! You and your family are in my constant thoughts and prayers.
(Hi Kathy)

At 11:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so happy to hear that you got a liver and I'm praying for your recovery. God bless you and your family.


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