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Alex McBratney-Medical Expense

$87,420 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 595 people in 8 months
Created October 1, 2018
Alex McBratney is 18-years-old and is the 3rd of 6 children.  He enjoys the outdoors, taking care of animals, regularly attends church services, and is involved with various aspects of church functions. In his spare time, he likes to hike, camp, and spend time with his family and friends.

He just started his college career at Cal Poly SLO University this Fall. His major is Animal Science with the intentions of pursuing a Veterinarian career. One week into his first quarter, he began experiencing physiological symptoms of difficulty breathing along flu like symptoms. As he was looking forward towards having the "college experience", life drastically changed for him.

Alex was admitted to a local hospital, close to his school, on September 27, 2018, where he was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure. On September 30, 2018, he was transferred by ambulance to UCLA Heart Transplant Medical Center where he is currently being treated.

His heart is currently functioning at a 10% ejection fraction. There are other peripheral issues (blood clot in the lung and enlarged lymph node) which appear to be caused by his poor heart function and also affecting his kidneys.

The donations received will help offset medical expenses in conjunction with other expenses incurred due to the far proximity of the hospital from his family's home.

All excess funds raised will be given to heart disease research programs to help save others that are suffering from cardiovascular disease.

May God bless your support and especially prayers to Our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Just a quick update on Alex. He's returned home approximately a week ago and with God's blessing, he's slowly recovering. Thank you for your continued prayers and are extremely appreciative of your continued support and love.

God is great all the time!!
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It's been 2 weeks since my last update. Alex was declining and in critical condition. He was scheduled for a very risky surgery on Thursday morning but with God's grace and blessing, Alex was offered a new heart hours prior to his surgery, which was approved by his doctors. Alex had a successful heart transplant yesterday. Please continue to pray for his recovery and that his body accepts the new heart.

This is truly a miracle and reminder to always have faith and never to lose hope. God always has the best plan for His children and does His work according to His timing. God is great all the time!!!
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Quick Update from Alex' mom:

Thank God the surgery went well yesterday. Alex was blessed to have communion in the morning which I believe is the reason why the doctor was able to complete the procedure as planned.

Before the doctor started the procedure he came to talk to Doug and I. He said that Alex's axillary vessel looks too small (according to the ultra sound images) to push the Impella through. We asked him what other options do we have, and of course, the other options were not ideal. Thankfully, even though the vessel was too small, the doctor was able to insert the Impella since it was elastic enough for him to manipulate...Thank God!

They had to cut through muscle so Alex is in a lot of pain right now. Unfortunately, he also has a fever so they are running cultures to see what is the cause.

He won't be relisted until the fever is gone and he is mobile. He will be going for at least three walks today. Just started his first one.
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The following update is from Alex' mom:

Although it has only been a week since my last update, a lot has gone on. Alex's heart continues to decline and has now started to effect his kidneys. Initially he was nauseated all of the time and threw up daily. I don't think he has really even eaten anything for about three weeks now. He has lost about 30 pounds since all of this started in September. However, now that it is taking a toll on his kidneys the doctors have decided to implant an assisted device in him today.

Yesterday they were talking about putting in an LVAD (which would not be good for several reasons...most importantly they would have to use Heparin during the surgery. He is allergic to Heparin so when a heart became available it would be difficult if not impossible to use it again due to the risks of him reacting to it.) Therefore, they decided to put in Impella instead.

Impella is also a left ventricle assisted device but less invasive. Instead of it being open heart surgery, they will be inserting it in the right shoulder. He will be taken off of the list for the next day and a half while he recovers. The surgery is about 6 hours long and he will obviously be put under so I have no idea when he will come to, but it will be interesting to see how he reacts to the incubation.

Once he is recovered he will be listed in category 2 and will remain in that listing for two weeks. Praying he gets a heart within those two weeks. If not, then he will either be dropped back down to status 3 listing (where he is now) or he will have to have an LVAD put in. He will also be moved to CT ICU unit as they are more equipped to handle these devices.

Thank you for your continued prayers. Hoping this device not only helps him feel better but also get him a heart.
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