That familiar pinging sound of notifications on a cellphone cracks through silence of a cavernous waiting area of Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans on a Saturday morning in late September.
Ron Marshall is reading every text. Each one is a reminder that family and friends are sending out positive vibes as his wife, Kara, begins a nine-hour liver transplant surgery.
Ron is taken aback by the support that includes texts from those in other countries who know his wife, including Russia, where a couple of hundred people are in a church praying for Kara.
“I wish everyone could have been in my shoes that day. There was nobody in the hospital and nothing going on except my wife’s surgery,” Ron said.