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Let us Give Back, Like Carol!

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Raised by 56 people in 8 months
Created November 15, 2018
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Carol Raimondi
Carol Raimondi is someone who has always given to others selflessly. From becoming a registered nurse to advocating, supporting, and mentoring others in the Congenital Heart Disease world.

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Since childhood, Carol has demonstrated that she is a warrior! Countless heart surgeries and procedures throughout her life, along with battling breast cancer as an adult. 

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It’s our turn to fight with Carol as she enters this journey in the world of getting a new heart! No donation is too small. 

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Today has been quite eventful. I like my boring hospital days much better!
Late last night I began having some issues with my balloon pump. The overnight team checked everything out and felt things would be stable until the regular docs came by this morning. Shortly before they came in, my balloon pump ruptured.

They scheduled surgery to replace it for late this afternoon. I went down to the OR at 4pm.
They attempted to put a new balloon in twice during surgery, but both times it popped. They realized there was a wire sticking out from the graft, which was causing the problem. They fixed the graft, but didn’t have any more balloon pumps in stock that were the correct size for my chest, so they had to call around to area hospitals and close me up.
They found that Lake Forest hospital has one balloon that is the size I need. A courier is heading there tonight to pick it up.

I will be heading back to surgery first thing in the morning to have the new balloon placed, so I am currently without my balloon pump. Either myself or my family will update tomorrow once surgery is done.
Thanks to all for your love and support!!
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Good afternoon! Today starts my 12th week here in the ICU, waiting for my new heart. We did have an offer last week that was a close enough match with my antibodies, but the heart itself was “crappy”, I am told.
As hard as it is to wait, I am fortunate to be surrounded by amazing nurses, docs, and staff, who have I have become close to. They definitely making hospital life easier!
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Hey everyone! I just realized it’s been a while since I last updated. Things have been pretty stable. I still am sore around the site where the balloon pump goes in, but it is to be expected. I have been walking around the unit a lot, as well as getting outside when the weather allows.
I can’t tell you how much all your cards, visits and messages mean! It keeps my spirits up every day!
As an FYI, the visiting restrictions for flu season are now over, so all ages are welcome to visit, as long as they are not sick!
Thank you all!! ❤️
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Today was more excitement than I wanted. Late last night, my balloon pump started to malfunction and was not reading my pressures correctly. It was decided early this morning to take me back to surgery to replace the balloon pump. I hardly had woken up and called Vito when they brought me to the OR.
Fortunately, because they made a graft when they put the original pump in 6 weeks ago, all today’s surgery entailed was pulling out the old balloon and putting in a new one.
I am sore, but not as bad as the when I had the first balloon pump placed. Normally, these pumps are only meant to last a couple weeks, so I am glad it has lasted this long. Praying a new heart comes before it has to be switched out again!
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Raised by 56 people in 8 months
Created November 15, 2018
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