Fortunately there is hope. On Monday Dan is having open heart surgery to have a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) inserted. The LVAD helps the heart do it's job. These devices help people live for years while awaiting a heart transplant.
The LVAD is a mechanical pump. One end of it goes into the left ventricle which is the chamber that pumps blood into the body and the other end goes in the aorta which is the body's main artery. A tube passes through the skin connecting the device to a computer, batteries and power pack. The power pack has to be recharged at night.
Where Dan lives in NJ, the area has had three power outages of over a week in length in the last few years. Dan can never be without electricty because the power pack must be recharged daily. For that reason I am raising money to have a whole house generator installed at Dan's home.
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