In the last week of February, Patrick Murphy was at
work when he started having trouble breathing. He went to the doctor where they did a chest X-ray to determine the cause of his shortness of breath and dizziness, and noticed his heart was enlarged. They sent him to the Hospital where they did a myriad of tests.
The doctors have told Pat that he has to wear a special external defibrillation vest for 3 months that will detect if his heart becomes irregular and then shock him. Doctors have ordered no work for at least 3 months. While in the hospital preparing to go home he had a stroke very early in the morning of March 1st. He has regained movement back of the left side of his body except for the side of his face, but has inflammation in his brain as a result of the stroke. His speech is still hard for him but better. They’re not allowing him to walk at all. Any commotion or even too much talking gets his heart going to hard again. The doctors are unsure of the cause of all this and due to his weakened heart they do not want to do any more tests and put more stress on him than he can handle.
Pat is married to his wife Shannon and they have 4 children. He is a Journeyman Lineman with Local 104 in Barrington NH and lives in Newmarket NH with his family.
With the loss of work for 3 months or more, medical bills not covered by insurance, and all the other mounting costs related to such an event, this family needs some help.
Update as of March 6th from Shannon:
Pat won’t be able to work for at least 3 months ,if his heart shows enough improvement after that he can work again,if not then he can't return to work. I just had a job offer I had to hold off on because I need to take care of Pat. The insurance keeps denying our claim for the vest he needs to be able to come home. The insurance is telling us they won’t approve it until he’s had treatment for at least 90 day.s. We’re only on day 7 and because of how bad his heart has gotten, he’ll be in the ICU for the full 90 days without having the vest. The vest would cost $2,000 a month and he would need it for 3 months. The stress here has been bad on his heart because he wants to go home so badly. Because of the stroke he had while he’s been here he still has inflammation in his brain and he's not able to move the left side of his face yet.
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