Morgan Green is my beautiful 23 year old niece. She was born in 1995, and was then diagnosed with congenital aortic stenosis (a heart valve defect). Throughout the years this defect has affected her ability to do many things a normal child would have been able to do, such as play sports or even just run around and have fun with her friends. Growing up Morgan has already had three valvuloplasty procedures done, procedures to open her fused valves, just in her short 23 years of life.
We knew that at some point Morgan was going to require open heart surgery to replace the valve. On September 12, 2018 that day came and it was time for Morgan to receive her valve replacement. The operation was scheduled to take approximately three hours at Maine Medical Center in Portland.
About four hours into the operation, we were told that there were complications. We were told that Morgan had made it through the operation, but when the attempt was made to revive her heart they could not get it into a normal rhythm and they were not sure as to why this was happening. Approximately two hours later we were told that Morgan‘s heart was still not returning to a normal rhythm and that they had put her on a balloon pump and an ECMO pump, to relieve the stress on her heart. Two more hours had passed and this time we were told that they were bringing Morgan to the cardiac catheter lab to do a scan of her arteries. The scan showed that there was a blockage due to her lifelong defect that was going to need to be bypassed and another one that needed a stent. She was sent back into surgery to have these procedures completed. Once completed and the blood flow issues were not resolved, she was sent back to the Cath Lab then back into surgery again to perform two more bypasses for a total of three bypasses and one stent. A somewhat routine operation that was supposed to take three hours turned into a 13 1/2 hour operation and Morgan’s heart was still not functioning correctly and her chest is still opened. At some point during this ordeal, tests have shown that she also suffered a heart attack.
The next day, September 13th, was a day of rest with everything she had been through. It was very uneventful, which is exactly what they wanted. On Friday Morgan started bleeding, but we were told that was not uncommon under the circumstances. A test they ran Friday showed that her heart did exactly what it was supposed to do, which was great news. But on Saturday we received terrible news. With no true improvements and things declining, the doctors at Maine Medical Center were unable to do any more for Morgan and recommended that we transport her to Tufts Medical Center in Boston, where they are better prepared and equipped to handle Morgan‘s situation. We also learned that due to all of the complications, Morgan is now going to need a heart transplant. Tufts is the best place to be and is where her transplant will take place. Morgan’s new team of doctors feel she may need two heart pumps while she waits for a new heart.
As you can imagine, our family is devastated and we are trying to help Sue, Mark and Marisa (mom, dad and sister) as best we can. Mark and Sue, like a lot of people, are pretty much living paycheck to paycheck and obviously have mounting medical expenses. Sue has stopped working to be with Morgan in Boston and no longer has any income coming in to pay for her rent and other bills. We would ask foremost that you help us pray for Morgan and our family. Morgan is a beautiful, strong, amazing young lady that has everything to live for and with all of our prayers and your support we know that she can make it through this very hard time in her life.
From myself, Arthur (Joey) Bourget and from the Green family, we thank you for any support you can provide through this very difficult time. Thank you and God bless.