Photo above: Josh and Haley as children.
UPDATE: Haley went to be with the Lord during the early morning hours of 8/2/14. She will be greatly missed by all those around her. Visitation services will take place at Pace Funeral Home in Livingston on Monday 8/4/14 from 5-8pm. The funeral will be held at Pace Funeral Home on 8/5/14 at 4pm. Burial will take place at Camp Ruby cemetary on FM 1276. All are welcome to come by Josh and Haley's home following the graveside service for dinner with the family.
Haley Land is a 32-year-old female from Polk County, Texas. Haley has lived in Livingston her whole life. In March 2014, Haley was diagnosed with new onset heart failure. She is a double heart transplant survivor who was born with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. At the age of 13 months, Haley received her first pacemaker to sustain her life until cyclosporine became available for children. In 1988, at the age of 5, she received her first heart transplant. Again at age 15, she found herself in heart failure and required a second heart transplant. Haley has spent much of her life going to doctors, and hospitals have become like a second home for her.
Haley was diagnosed with Lymphoma on September 20, 2012, and she received 4 months of chemotherapy to rid her body of cancer. The chemotherapy drugs damaged her heart, which has resulted in the need for another heart transplant. Unfortunately, Haley is not a candidate for a heart transplant until her cancer has been in remission for 5 years. In February 2014, Haley developed an abnormal heart rhythm forcing her to be hospitalized for the entire month of March. She eventually had to undergo 3 cardiac ablation procedures causing her heart rate to fall dangerously low. She then had to have a pacemaker placed in her heart to keep her heart rate at a normal rate.
Although Haley has suffered numerous setbacks in life, she was truly blessed to meet her childhood sweetheart, Josh, 16 years ago. Josh is a very hard working young man. He works a full time job during the day, and he does odd jobs in the evenings for extra money to help with Haley’s many hospital bills.
Josh and Haley are very involved in their church, Oak Grove Church of Christ, in Livingston. It’s a very small, loving church. Most of Josh’s family members attend the church. Haley was baptized and became a member of the church on July 13, 2013. Haley enjoys attending church; however, she is often forced to miss services for fear of getting sick with her weak immune system.
Haley literally lives from heartbeat to heartbeat and defies death on a scale that’s impossible for us to comprehend on a daily basis. This in turn has given Haley a very unique perspective on life and how to live it. She is always upbeat and encouraging, in spite of the many difficulties that surround her life. Haley remains in heart failure at this time, but she remains optimistic that she will be able to fight the heart failure until she becomes a candidate for another heart transplant. With this long fight, many medical expenses will be encountered. Any contributions that you can give to help her with her medical expenses will be greatly appreciated.
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