Denis Hanley - New Start
Many of you will know our father; Denis Hanley & no doubt you will all agree that he is a very generous, caring & supportive person. We are reaching out to you all for some support as it is he who now needs so much of that.
People close to Dad will already know he suffered a massive heart attack back in October 2014 whilst visiting his mother in Victoria and since then he has been in and out of hospital doing what he can to maintain & improve his health, wellbeing and way of life. Unfortunatly since the heart attack in 2014 Dad has not been able to work to his capacity and as such funds have become scarce. As you may not know, Dad's income protection insurance exired 6 months after his heart attack. As such he has been unable to access any insurance for his loss of income &/or his medical expenses.
The staff at Prince Charles Hospital in Chermside have been outstanding & in May 2016 Dad received a life saving heart transplant. It is very early days. He is still recovering and is likely to remain in hospital for the coming month. Whilst this is a NEW START for Dad he will require ongoing hospital & medical support which include expensive medicine and weekly visits to the hospital in Brisbane. Whilst we are confident Dad will be able to return to some form of work eventually, he will be limited to what he can & can't do as he needs lots of time to recover & most certainly will need to pace himself..
Whilst Dad is recovering in hospital we are looking to improve Dads home to ensure he is safe when he returns home from hospital. Heart Transplant patients are very susceptible to infection & illness due the the immunosuppressant drugs that are required to be taken for the rest of his life. By installing new bathroom & kitchen fixtures, replacing the refridgerator, new washine machine & dryer and purchasing new linen etc we hope to limit Dad's exposure to bacteria. Aswell as fixing up some of the access like shonky stairwells that pose a risk for falls & slips etc we hope to midigate some of the risks associated with post operative care from transplant. We are also hoping to raise enough money to cover Dads rent for the year so he just focus on his health & recovery and not stress about work & paying bills etc.
We tossed up with the idea of having a fundraiser here on the Gold Coast for Dad but with the majority of Dad's family, friends & work collegues located near & far, we thought what better way of doing this than using this online tool. We also thought we could use this opportunity to try to raise awareness for organ donation. Australia & New Zealand are a long way away from being one of the leading countries when it comes to organ donations.
We understand if you are not in a position to make a donation & we are totally ok with that. We just wanted to put it out there & see if we could 'pass the hat around' as they say. Denis has been a huge support for many many people. Dad would never ever ask for assistance & im guessing he will be pretty cranky with us for doing this.....but.......he is not invincible & he is most definately in need of some assistance whilst he focusses his energy into healing, recovering & making the most of his NEW START in life.....
Please pass this on www.gofundme.com/denishanley
The family & i are forever grateful to the donor of the heart & we urge you all to take 5 minutes to join up & become a organ & tissue donor if you are not already.
Follow the link to register. http://www.donatelife.gov.au
Matt, Bec & Ben
A quick update on Dads progress.. Tomorrow marks one month since the heart transplant took place. So far so good. The doctor's are thrilled with Dad's progress and have smiles from ear to ear. As you may know the first year after heart transplant is the most critical and the most important in terms of maintaining good health & wellbeing. The body is in shock from the massive invasion & the new heart is seen as a 'foreign object' by the immune system. The body tries its best to destroy the new heart as it tries hard to fend off a potential threat to its system. All the while the incredible staff at Prince Charles Hospital are meticulously measuring & calculating the optimal dose of Immunosuppressant drugs to administer to trick the body into believing that the new heart is an allie not a threat. The problem with these drugs is that it actually kills off the 'good' part of the immune system, and as such the body becomes very vulnerable to the simplest of things like the common cold, flu, bacterial infections, sore throat, cuts & abrasions. The body has no mechanism to fight off an attack on the system. Therefore its paramount that Dad is kept in a sterile environment, away from anyone who is sick, any sorts of bacteria etc. Each Monday Dad travels to the hospital and undergoes a biopsy of his heart. This procedure involves a small tube being inserted into his heart muscle and multiple samples of the heart muscle are taken for pathology. Dad then waits for the rest of the day at the hospital to hear the outcome of the results. If ok, he can go. The fear is that the muscle shows signs of rejection. So far Dad has not had any signs of rejection from the last few biopsies & as such has been able to return to his current hangs at the end of the day. Fingers crossed this continues each and every Monday. Dad has been staying elsewhere thanks to the kindness & generosity of Marj & Chris. Our very dear family that offered to take care of Dad while we prepare his home for his return. Thanks to your kindness & generosity Bec & I have been able to renew the house at Tugun & make it all ship shape for his return this coming Saturday morning. We couldn't have done it without all your support & well wishes. This photo is of Dad yesterday. He is heading off on his 2K walk that he does each morning. To think that only 4 weeks ago he was preparing to meet his maker. What an incredible story of good luck, faith, support & kindness. Above all the ultimate thanks goes to the donor of the heart & their family. Also a huge thanks to the surgeons at Prince Charles Hospital, Chermside & the Heart Transplant team up there. Ive asked Denis to come on here and say a few words. I can tell you now Dad is overwhelmed & totally blown away with the support to date & i'm sure in good time he will get around to thanking each and every one of you individually. We lost our dear Mum only recently to cancer & us kids were totally rattled when dad, our rock, got sick with heart disease. I tell you what. You cant take life for granted. We must stay diligent with our check ups and our good nutrition etc. We have to be thankful for the amazing medical system we have here in Australia. A heart transplant in the USA cost around $1Million. In Australia its free in the public system. I don't feel so bad paying tax now!! As for our organ donor system, Well this definitely needs some work. Click here to become a donor and make a difference - http://www.donatelife.gov.au/decide.
Thanks again guys. Matt & Family.
The family & i want to take this opportunity once again to thank each & everyone of you who have liked, commented, shared & donated so far! Its been amazing.
We are so close. Only $6,000 short of our target. So please if you can share this post one last time, who knows what may come in the closing days of the fundraiser.
Click the link here www.gofundme.com/denishanley
Many Thanks. Matt & Family