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Hedda's Heart Transplant

$31,050 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 507 people in 18 days
Created November 24, 2018
34809994_1543091478798348_r.jpegThis is  Hedda.  She needs a new heart.  Hedda has severe life threatening Congestive Heart Failure induced by 2005 chemotherapy for aggressive breast cancer. The chemo damaged her heart beyond repair. Doxorubicin Cardiomyopathy. After many different heart treatments, in January 2017 she was forced onto disability and into the Meijer Heart Center Heart Failure Clinic. After many medications and treatments, her doctor referred her for a LVAD Left Ventricular Assist Device as a bridge while awaiting a new heart. Hedda is a young, 60, and has at least 20 more years of life in her...if she can get a new heart. She was an active dog walker and pet sitter locally, Urban Tails. 

Hedda's heart deteriorated to life threatening condition back in September 25, 2018. November 16 she was admitted to the Heart Center and started on a continuous Milrinone IV. This is only a very short term- life saving drug. On Tuesday, November 20, the heart transplant team met and decide Hedda needed to fund-raise $10,000 to be considered for placement on the transplant list. Anti rejection drugs are expensive in the USA.   See the attached letter.  This will cover the 20% copay needed for two years of anti rejection drugs.  The transplant team does not want to "waste" a vital organ if she cannot afford heart rejection drugs. Understandably.  However, they were not willing to put her on the list knowing it would still give her time to raise money over a year or so through family and friends. Because Hedda needs the funding right away to qualify being put on the transplant list and not lose valuable time, we, Hedda's Care Team, are asking for anything you may be able to afford. We need to get Hedda on the heart transplant list. She can go before the transplant team again when the funds are raised. Please help if you can. Several friends have already helped toward this cause privately, however many are requesting a Go-Fund-Me link. 

Hedda loves her garden. She loves her cats and neighborhood rescue efforts thru the TNR program. She is someone who you can sit at her kitchen table and coffee and pastry will appear and she will visit with friends all day. She learned a lot of German hospitality from her upbringing. 
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1 week post surgery. VAD implant surgery was very successful. I’m feeling pretty darn good. Healing great. Working on strength and mobility. I know it takes several weeks but I’m going to push a goal for all of us that I will be home for Christmas. I do not know if it’s very realistic goal, but it is one that I’m going to aim for. And of course there will then be still several months of recuperating at home. Open heart surgery is serious And I plan on allowing myself plenty of cold winter months at home recuperating around family and friends. Love to you all.
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Surgery is approaching fast. Hedda is resting and building some strength. We will keep this update board open so donors know what is happening. It may be a few days in between updates while Hedda gets a chance to recuperate. Again, none of this would’ve been possible without all of you and your generosity. From Hedda and her family and her friends the community and for all those who have face the same situation, thank you so very much.
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Thank you all for helping Hedda reach, and far exceed, her fund raising goals. Your generosity and kind thoughts have overwhelmed and touched Hedda, her family, friends and our community greatly. Now for the GREAT NEWS! Because she has reached her fund raising goal, Hedda will receive the life-saving treatment which includes a LVAD (left ventricle assist device) being implanted soon and this WILL be a bridge to transplant. She will stay in the hospital several weeks to recover and then once home she will begin the next phase of her life which will include spending time with those she loves. Her remarkable son, Alex, her family, and dearest friends who have stood by her for many years of illness. Hedda told us that there a a few things she anticipates doing right away.Tending to her indoor garden. Spoiling her rescue cats. Having a weekly coffee hour where friends can drop-in. And visiting all her "pets" who have grown to love her as their dog walker and sitter. Because of you Hedda will continue living a good quality life. Because of you she will be listed on the transplant list.
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The transplant team will be meeting tonight to again discuss the next steps. Tomorrow we hope for some really good news. Meanwhile, through her family and friends, Hedda sends her love and extreme gratitude to all. It would not happen without you. Family friend Mary took the photo.
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Raised by 507 people in 18 days
Created November 24, 2018
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