Heart 4 Ati Tau "Together We Beat"

$49,217 of $52,800 goal

Raised by 470 people in 64 months
On Thursday, February 20, 2014, Ati was scheduled for a small procedure to remove a polyp from his nose.  While preparing for the procedure, Ati had a sudden cardiac arrest, saved  by CPR and immedeiately went into a COMA. Maui Memorial determined he must be airlifted to Queen's Medical Center, Honolulu for intensive cardiac care. Once he arrived at Queen's he had another sudden cardiac arrest and urgently was operated on to insert an electronic device called Impella. He is now dependent on that temporary machine to pump his heart. 

His medical team say his case is unusual. He arrived Queen's Medical Center with a less than 5% of his heart working. Today, he's breathing on his own, smiling and talking but dependent on the Impella which is temporary.

Queens cardiac medical team recommended Ati for a heart transplant at Stanford University and was accpeted. Due to the type of critical care Ati requires, he must be transported by air ambulance with critical care staff on flight. Ati has medical insurance through his wife, Ofa's employer sponsored insurance with Home Depot. Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA) denied to cover his air ambulance transportation because it's not a covered benefit. 

We aren't giving up and doing everything we can to get Ati to Stanford. His medical team submitted a request to make a special exception due to his unusual situation. We've requested Hawaii's Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard to intervene to help expedite the process.   

We're not asking for a free ride to Stanford, just help from his insurance company. How many people in the State of Hawaii know that heart transplants are not an option and consider selecting a health plan that 'includes' long distance air ambulance benefits? Our ask of HMSA is to look past the price tag for Ati's transportation and see that he's asking for Life and not a denied claim, stamped and filed into a cabinet.

Time isn't in Ati's favor and we can't wait on HMSA to hopefully reconsider. This fundraising campaign is to help pay specifically for his transportation from Queen's Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii to Stanford Hospital, Palo Alto, California within the next 48 hours.

Heart 4 Ati Tau "Together We Beat "      
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Ati is expected to arrive Stanford sometime late Thursday, March 5th. I can imagine the traffice jam his family and friends will create. LOL

Ati will not be in the condition for visitors immediately upon his arrival but know that you will be able to visit him as soon as he's able to. I already invision some camping at Stanford to see him LOL but please understand that too much excitement triggers his heart to race. (hmmm seurity guard at his door?) I tell you, only Ati!

Ofa atu!
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I continue to receive requests from Ati's family and friends on how they can donate. Instead of asking people to send me their donation by mail, I've turned on the ability to continue to receive donations.

Ati, wife Ofa and kids live in Maui. They will relocate to California to be close to Stanford. Any donations received will go towards supporting their journey.
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Thank you everyone for your generosity! Due to reduced price from the air ambulance, we've met our goal!!!! God Bless you all!
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Deanna Pao-Flores
63 months ago

From my ohana to yours...me ka Aloha kekoa!

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Sesilia Ofa
64 months ago

Ati your so loved and you have such a great team, family and friends behind you... God is good all the time, all the time god is good. Ofa Lahi Atu from my Lil family... Lia Leka, Afa and Fualupe sii Ofa

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Jazmyne Sweetiie
64 months ago

We love you Ati from your family here in Maui

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Jennifer Driggers-Tolentino
64 months ago

Praying.in Jesus name ,love you ofa ,praying everyday for your husband and.you all as well

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Paul Coon
64 months ago

With the amount of donations received today, you should reach out to the hospital about negotiating a lesser cost for the air ambulance. Many times when paid in full, they will reduce the cost of transport. They did for me.

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Melissa Fahy
64 months ago

The prayer group from Stephen Ministries is doing a group prayer for you tonight, God Bless!

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Margaret Huffer
64 months ago

Ati, I only remember you as a young kid, but the good person that you are radiates through this tremendous outpouring of love from sooooo many people! Hang in there and keep the faith! Candles are burning at the Blessed Sacrament for you as we ask Jesus to sustain you with HIS Sacred Heart until you get here...with HIM everything is possible! God bless you! (Ruth Huckaby and Jennifer Torres' mom)

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Melinda Manukainiu
64 months ago

All my love and prayers going out to Tau family

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Dinah Tatafu
64 months ago

Sending all our love and prayers to you and your family from ours. Hoping for the best god is good!! Stay strong stay blessed.. Ofa lahi atu ka koe!

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Melissa Fahy
64 months ago

I'm so glad this much has been raised and am grateful to everyone for it. You have been in our prayers. Please stay strong!

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Katheleen Stagg
64 months ago

We are praying for you and sharing your need. I wish I could help more. My son needed to take a Air Ride transportation fro a little hospital in Barstow California to Loma Linda as he was on a respirator & very ill. Thank God the insurance took care of the helicopter ride. Mercy flights was great to him. Without them He would have died. Hes Only 39yrs when this happened. We truly are praying for you.

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Doreen Miller
64 months ago

Tommy Myself and the kids send all our Love from Nebraska to You Ati Ofalani and your entire family. The Good Lord Above hears everyones Prayers. Stay Strong and Keep Smiling. GOD BLESS

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Faletoa Ulufale
64 months ago

Praying for you uso Ati and family. You're a strong minded person and I know that from experience. You work hard for your family even when the world throws obstacles at you. Keep that fighting spirit up and will be praying for you all the way from Samoa.

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Ata Vee
64 months ago

Praying and rooting for you Ati. I love that you continue to smile despite all that you are going through. Keep fighting! Ofa lahi atu moe hufaki from my little family

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KoLi Kavahuitu'uiolotele
64 months ago

Wow, This is a very humbling experience to see friends, family and even strangers to Ati show so much love and support. I am so grateful for all of you I don't know how to explain just how grateful. THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!

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Robyn Isaacson
64 months ago

God bless. We are praying for you.

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$100
Sitania Tinoisamoa
62 months ago

Alofas to your family. Stay Blessed!

ST
$500
Saint Theresa
63 months ago

The Parishioners and Staff of St. Theresa Church send their love and prayers to you and your family. Continue to be strong and trust in the Lord. We pray for you often.

TW
$100
Terrence Watanabe
63 months ago

Know that all of you and Ati continue to be in our thougths and prayers here at St. Theresa Church.

LL
$100
Leslie Lexier
63 months ago
$50
Anonymous
63 months ago
$100
Deanna Pao-Flores
63 months ago

Will always be blessed to know the Tau family. Even though the road is long ahead, So many friends, old an new, will always be here to help you along the way.

DL
$200
Dominic Lewis
63 months ago
$100
Anonymous
64 months ago
FU
$50
Frank Uhl
64 months ago

Long time Ati Get better brotha Praying for your full recovery one love

VQ
$100
Vhine Quintana
64 months ago

We are praying for you your family and for your Doctors

Deanna Pao-Flores
63 months ago

From my ohana to yours...me ka Aloha kekoa!

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Sesilia Ofa
64 months ago

Ati your so loved and you have such a great team, family and friends behind you... God is good all the time, all the time god is good. Ofa Lahi Atu from my Lil family... Lia Leka, Afa and Fualupe sii Ofa

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Jazmyne Sweetiie
64 months ago

We love you Ati from your family here in Maui

+ Read More
Jennifer Driggers-Tolentino
64 months ago

Praying.in Jesus name ,love you ofa ,praying everyday for your husband and.you all as well

+ Read More
Paul Coon
64 months ago

With the amount of donations received today, you should reach out to the hospital about negotiating a lesser cost for the air ambulance. Many times when paid in full, they will reduce the cost of transport. They did for me.

+ Read More
Melissa Fahy
64 months ago

The prayer group from Stephen Ministries is doing a group prayer for you tonight, God Bless!

+ Read More
Margaret Huffer
64 months ago

Ati, I only remember you as a young kid, but the good person that you are radiates through this tremendous outpouring of love from sooooo many people! Hang in there and keep the faith! Candles are burning at the Blessed Sacrament for you as we ask Jesus to sustain you with HIS Sacred Heart until you get here...with HIM everything is possible! God bless you! (Ruth Huckaby and Jennifer Torres' mom)

+ Read More
Melinda Manukainiu
64 months ago

All my love and prayers going out to Tau family

+ Read More
Dinah Tatafu
64 months ago

Sending all our love and prayers to you and your family from ours. Hoping for the best god is good!! Stay strong stay blessed.. Ofa lahi atu ka koe!

+ Read More
Melissa Fahy
64 months ago

I'm so glad this much has been raised and am grateful to everyone for it. You have been in our prayers. Please stay strong!

+ Read More
Katheleen Stagg
64 months ago

We are praying for you and sharing your need. I wish I could help more. My son needed to take a Air Ride transportation fro a little hospital in Barstow California to Loma Linda as he was on a respirator & very ill. Thank God the insurance took care of the helicopter ride. Mercy flights was great to him. Without them He would have died. Hes Only 39yrs when this happened. We truly are praying for you.

+ Read More
Doreen Miller
64 months ago

Tommy Myself and the kids send all our Love from Nebraska to You Ati Ofalani and your entire family. The Good Lord Above hears everyones Prayers. Stay Strong and Keep Smiling. GOD BLESS

+ Read More
Faletoa Ulufale
64 months ago

Praying for you uso Ati and family. You're a strong minded person and I know that from experience. You work hard for your family even when the world throws obstacles at you. Keep that fighting spirit up and will be praying for you all the way from Samoa.

+ Read More
Ata Vee
64 months ago

Praying and rooting for you Ati. I love that you continue to smile despite all that you are going through. Keep fighting! Ofa lahi atu moe hufaki from my little family

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KoLi Kavahuitu'uiolotele
64 months ago

Wow, This is a very humbling experience to see friends, family and even strangers to Ati show so much love and support. I am so grateful for all of you I don't know how to explain just how grateful. THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!

+ Read More
Robyn Isaacson
64 months ago

God bless. We are praying for you.

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