The Pryor Times

Local News

May 7, 2014

Small receives donor heart; thieves commit heartless act

PRYOR, OK — Gina Small received the call she anxiously awaited for on April 23, a donor heart.    Small’s husband Tommy said, “The entire trip to OKC was very anxious for the both of us.  It has taken a little over a week for them to finally close her up due to complications of the surgery, which the doctors said was normal. And her doctor has done over 500 of these, so we trust everything will work out. During this time of recovery, her immune system is compromised.”  Small’s wife remained in a medically-induced coma until surgeons were able to close her chest early Friday morning.  

“Mom is out of surgery, she is closed up and everything is going good.  She is on the road to recovery,” said Small’s daughter Leslie Hocutt.

The family is now faced with another problem.   

Hocutt later stated in a text message that the family vehicle had been broken into.   On Wednesday, thieves in a white, older car cased the parking lot of the Integris Baptist Hospital and broke into the family’s Chevrolet Suburban. They stole almost all of the family’s personal belongings, including makeup, clothing and medicine. The thieves also damaged the vehicle to an inoperable state.

Small told Channel 9 in Oklahoma City that, “They broke the shifter off.  It is a shock.  You just feel violated. With anybody going into the hospital, they are in a bad time anyway.” The pictures of the criminals and car are located on the OKC Channel 9 News website. Anyone having information are encouraged to contact the OKC Police Department at 405-235-7300.

Small is hoping to get the vehicle fixed and has faith that it will happen. His main concern right now is his wife’s recovery.

While Gina Small receives anti-rejection medication, it will still take time for her body to accept the new heart. “Although we would love to have visitors, we would like to request that in lieu of the cost of driving, sending cards or flowers, that donations be made to the NFT OK Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Ave. Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119, in “Honor of Gina Small.”



Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News