Hi, Judith. If he is stable enough to fly, he should be okay. Hopefully, you can get a nonstop flight so that it won't take forever to get there. Are you going to hook him up with a transplant center in Mobile and have all his records transferred? Is this being done prior to the trip? I would be more concerned about him being without medical care in Mobile than the trip itself. Just be sure to take all his medications in their original bottles in your carry-on luggage. PUt them in a quart plastic bag (or more than one, if needed.)
Make sure he has no procedures done in the 2 weeks prior to flying. That way, he should be okay for the trip, though I'm sure it will be very tiring.
I’m sorry you are being uprooted in the middle of this crisis. I agree with Connie, you need to ensure his medical records are sent ahead of time. I did look at the centers in that area. The closest to you are in New Orleans (less than 2 ½ miles from Mobile). Birmingham is nearly 4 hours away and Shreaveport is over 6 hours away. Below are the two centers in New Orleans.
LAOF - Ochsner Foundation Hospital
New Orleans, LA
LATU - Tulane Medical Center
I’m sure the center in San Francisco has experience with patient moves. They’ll probably be able to set him up with an appointment shortly after you complete your relocation.
I know this will be a very stressful time for you. The more pre-planning you are able to do, the less you will be stressed out about the move.
Take care and God’s speed.
I'm sure that Penny meant that New Orleans is less than 2 1/2 HOURS from Mobile, not miles.
Judith, when you make your reservations be sure to request a wheelchair (unless your husband has his own.) I did this when I went to NY last year and will do it again when I go this summer. This way, they have someone with a w/c meet you at the ticket area (you may have to remind the person there) and that person will wheel your husband to the gate in SF. When you arrive in Mobile, there should be someone waiting with a w/c at the gate. If not, request this and they will send someone right away. That person will then wheel your husband to baggage claim and then to the curb. Since there is SO much walking in airports, particularly large ones, this was a lifesaver for me. You don't need any kind of medical documentation--just request the w/c at the time you make reservations.
PG, thanks for the clarification.
Judith, that's good that his CA doctor knows the one he is referring your husband to.