The situation is dire. Philip remains on the transplant list as long as he does not develop any further problems but his condition is very fragile and Randy sits vigil and watches as his health care team does everything in their power to keep him stable enough to remain on the list. No one is sure how long he can last without a new liver, and each day that he is with us is a gift from G-d. Randy does everything she can to keep him comfortable. She talks to him. She sings to him. She rubs his feet and his head. She does therapeutic touch to help him heal. The UNC staff is fantastic and they have worked tirelessly to get him to this point. No one is ready to admit defeat and each moment of the ICU experience is filled with awe and inspiration as these wonderful angels labor to save Philip’s life. The ICU doctor tells Randy that he goes to sleep worrying about Philip and he wakes up worrying about him. You can’t get much better than that! These people really care about Philip. They have a passion for his life. This is the major reason why Randy & Shelly chose to make the trek to UNC. It is a shlep. But they feel that it is the best place for them to be. The clock ticks away the passage of time as a race for a compatible liver continues. How swiftly the time passes and how Randy & Shelly wish that they could slow it down to buy more time for their beloved son. The anguish of parents as they watch their child slipping away is just too much to bear. While Randy remains optimistic, the reality of the situation is very dire. Every moment without a set-back is a celebration. Every moment without a new liver is heart wrenching. The ups and downs of this emotional roller coaster have been difficult, especially with Randy being so far from home and the community that she so loves and cherishes. You have no idea how much your blog comments, prayers and good wishes have meant to Randy, Shelly & Philip. This is a very special family. Philip is a very special person. Please keep your prayers and good wishes coming. They are needed more than ever. Pray that Philip remains stable. Pray that his diseased liver holds out. Pray that a new liver is found TODAY!