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Connor's Heart Transplant

$14,560 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 266 people in 4 months
Created March 10, 2019
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Bernie Edmonds
Fifteen year-old Connor Iwaoka is a sophomore at Appleton East High School/Tesla Engineering Charter School. He's a quiet kid who likes to read, hates to write, and loves his phone.

While on vacation in Florida last month, Connor was rushed to the hospital in Clearwater Beach. Doctors discovered a viral infection had ravaged Connor's heart.  He was first airlifted to Tampa and then to Miami. Doctors determined that Connor, 15, will need a heart transplant.

On March 2, Connor was airlifted back to Wisconsin. Last Wednesday, doctors at Children's Hospital in Milwaukee installed an artificial heart in Connor's chest. He was sedated for nearly two days so the heart could safely bond with his body. He is sitting up and moving gently. A machine at the foot of his bed keeps the heart pumping and keeps Connor alive until a donor is found. 

The road to recovery is long and uncertain. Not only has Connor's life been turned upside down but also those of his mother, sister, and other family members. In short, they need your help.

 Here's how we can help Connor.

- We can donate money. The family was basically stranded in Florida for two weeks; Connor's mother has had to take time off work; the family will be back and forth between Appleton and Milwaukee for the next four-to-six weeks. Please consider a monetary donation to help Connor and his mom Michele. 

- We can share this campaign with others. Please consider asking your friends, family and co-workers to contribute to Connor's Go Fund Me.

- We can provide moral support. Cards and notes of encouragement are greatly appreciated by Connor and his family. Please consider sending a card  to let Connor know we're thinking about him. Please email connors.heart.help@gmail.com for more information regarding mail.
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Today Grandma Fran, Mom and I visited with Connor. He was awake and hanging out with us for about forty-five minutes. We are so grateful that we were able to spend time together. As always, we are amazed by his resilience. He received a new heart just two days ago and today we saw him smile twice.

Connor’s nurse told us that at the time of our visit they were pleased with his progress, and we were happy to see him eating a little cottage cheese and drinking juice.

Connor is still very tired and in pain. His condition is incredibly fragile. He is being constantly monitored by the amazing team at Children’s Hospital.

He also told us that he really enjoyed reading the cards that his classmates wrote for him. Keep it up! (That goes for everyone!)

Tonight Connor’s mom called and let us know that Connor had been eating solid foods after our visit. He has not experienced same the nausea he has felt with his previous three surgeries. We are thrilled by this news.

Please keep Connor in your prayers, please continue to support him and his family.
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Late last night Children's Hospital found a donor match for Connor. This morning he entered the OR and his medical team began sewing in his new heart.

We are all so hopeful that Connor’s surgery will be a success. We are waiting but hopefully moving forward today on the road to recovery.

The last few days have been the most difficult for Connor, and he and his family can use all the support we can give them.
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This week Connor had a feeding tube inserted to help keep him nourished and healthier. The procedure for inserting the tube was extremely painful. At this point he is waiting for a heart. Every day is a gift, and we are grateful for the miracle of modern medicine and Connor's medical team. We remain hopeful that Connor will get what he needs and go on to lead a healthy and productive life.

Today was another tough day for Connor. He has been nauseous and in a lot of pain. He has also been feeling exhausted and sad. I encourage everyone who is able to send a Well Wish through Caringbridge to Connor and his mom and sister, and to send a letter or card to Connor. Let's rally around Connor and send our love and support however we can.

If you're looking for additional ways to help Connor and show your support to him, please consider:
- donating blood to your local blood bank
- educating yourself about organ donation
- showing kindness and compassion to others
- praying for Connor and his family
- sharing Connor's story
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Hello everyone,

Connor has had an especially tough and painful few days. Please send extra prayers and good thoughts to Connor, his parents, and his little sister. ❤️

Please consider sharing his Go Fund Me page again.
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$14,560 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 266 people in 4 months
Created March 10, 2019
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Bernie Edmonds
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