This next batch of singles we are releasing are songs directly related to my life and death experience I had last year. I Tom Iapicco, write, record, and play all the songs in my band JTL, along with my wife Lana. Last year I had a liver transplant. Doctors told me my time was up. Not even a transplant would save me. Actually, I was told that even if I was put on a transplant list, I would not live to receive a liver. I was given about a week to live. I was told to call Hospice. The story I am about to tell you is how God saved my life. If it was not for God, I would not be here today.
I arrived at the hospital, and the doctors told me there was nothing they can do, to go home and die in my living room. My wife would have none of it and transported me to a transplant hospital in Orlando Florida. Once there I was told the same thing. There was no chance. They would keep me there, make me comfortable, but I would surely be dead by the weekend. Well, the fact that I’m writing this surely shows God’s miracles and healing hand. As the weeks went by I went through test after test, fighting for my life as my wife, continued to write out scripture verse and tape them to my hospital room wall. A month went by and I was still fighting for my life and trying the best I could to hang in there. I was not even well enough to even consider transplant surgery, let alone get on a donor list. My fight continued. After about a month and a half, to the amazement of the hospital staff, I was still alive 100% completely because of our loving Savior who was with me day in and day out. Whispering in my ear to have faith, and hang in there. So I did.
I was finally able to pass a long list of medical tests to see if I would survive a transplant, let alone get on a transplant list. My Meld score (the score that tells how bad a patient is as far as needing a transplant) was beyond 40. Not a survivable situation. Finally the day came that I was approved to get on the transplant list. I told Lana, I just wanted to get to that point and least to show that I could survive, after this point I was ready to meet my Lord. At least I made it this far. As soon as the hospital staff entered my room to give us the news I was on the list, we were at least happy I made it that far. I could feel that I couldn’t hold on much longer. This in itself was God at work right there. Just the fact that I made it that far.
But, as God usually does, He was not finished yet. It was not at least 3 hours after I made the transplant list, that again, the hospital staff entered my room once again and let us know that we had just received 2 liver offers, and my surgery for the transplant was scheduled in 10 hours that next morning. Now, I realize that there were many at people work here, especially the wonderful human beings who donate their life saving organs ( I too am on the list to donate, please consider doing so if you are not already a donor) for people like me and others who need them, but the biggest miracle was the Lord our God, who saved my life. It was Him and only Him, that created this miracle. These next songs I am about to release are all about giving Him praise and thanking Him for loving us. PRAISE BE TO GOD!