(Josh ready for work with his LVAD accessories.)
Twenty-four year old Josue (Josh) Martinez is a third year college student at University of Central Florida working on his BS degree in Engineering, specifically photonics and fiber optics. Josh also works a part-time job to help pay for his education and current medical expenses.
Beginning in December 2012, Josh began experiencing heart problems. In January 2013, Josh was admitted into Florida Hospital and was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy - a disease of abnormal heart muscle that makes it harder for your heart to pump and deliver blood to the rest of your body. Cardiomyopathy can lead to heart failure.
In early March 2013 Josh had surgery to implant a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) and a picc-line through his arm. On Mother's Day of 2013, Josh was released from the hospital and has been doing weekly blood-drawings and monthly full-routine check-ups ever since.
(This photo shows Josh's picc-line in his arm and scar on his chest for his LVAD surgery.)
On June 20, 2014 Josh was called to come back to the hospital immediately because something was wrong about his lastest blood test. After drawing blood, Josh was quickly readmitted to the hospital for possible blood clots and pic-line infections. Doctor's have also placed Josh as top priority for a heart transplant which can cost upwards of about $1,000,000 for the transplant procedure, medication, and post-evaluations. Josh's current medical bills easily total more than $100,000 pre-transplant. Josh is still currently in Florida Hospital, Orlando, and is planned to stay until the heart transplant follows through or a new LVAD is implanted if a heart cannot be found. As Josh stays in the hospital, his bills will continue to rise.
As the youngest child of five to Dora and Guillermo and loving boyfriend of eight years to his girlfriend Linda, the Martinez family is asking for your Help for Josh's Heart. Any amount counts!
(Josh and his mother, Dora. "Josh does not give up!" -Dora)
(Josh and his girlfriend, Linda.)
(Josh and his nephew, Boogie.)
*This GoFundMe page was created by a family friend by request of the family.
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