BELLE — Following a kidney transplant surgery last Wednesday in Rochester, Minn, local lady Mindy Jarvis is recovering well.
“Well, I have come to the realization there is a reason why people say kids are more resilient,” Jarvis said jokingly when The Advocate contacted her on Monday afternoon about her recovery. “Because recovering from a kidney transplant at age 12 was easier on the body than age 33 (haha).”
Jarvis, who has been on the kidney transplant list for seven years, has been in the city over a week now and, due to COVID-19, could only have one visitor. Her husband Josh Jarvis drove them both to the Mayo Clinic on Sept. 28 for pre-surgery consultation and subsequent operation while their children stayed with their grandparents.
“My husband left early this morning to go home to take care of the kids and get back to work,” Jarvis said Monday. “My mom is here at the hotel connected to the Mayo Clinic and is taking me to all my appointments.”
Jarvis will be followed closely for the next couple of weeks to make sure the new medicines are all leveled out and that her blood is pumping correctly to keep the new kidney going. She received a transplant in 2018, but the kidney died 24 hours later due to a blood clot.
“Transplants are no longer a rare thing in this day in time,” Jarvis said. “People do find 100 percent matches. But transplants with a perfect match to someone with a 100 percent antibody count is indeed a rare thing. My friends and family are calling it “Mindy’s miracle,” and even through the pain of recovering, I feel blessed beyond measure.”
A prayer group, many of whom were “Mending Mindy” supporters who have fundraised and worked to bring awareness to Jarvis’ transplant needs, met at the Belle City Park on Wednesday, Sept. 30 to pray from Jarvis’ surgery and subsequent recovery.