Brett has officially been listed as a candidate for a double lung transplant and our goal is to transplant at the Norton Thoracic Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, AZ. This hospital has the busiest lung transplant program in the United States with 117 transplants in 2016. It also has one of the highest one-year survival rates (90%) and has a shorter wait time (15 days) as compared to our local Denver based hospital.
Brett will need to take a medic plane to Phoenix, as his oxygen needs are too great for a commercial flight. The “one way ticket” alone is $15,000. In addition to the air travel, he will be required to remain in Phoenix for 90 days post transplant which will require accommodation and care outside of the hospital. We hope to be breathing a sigh of relief and have Brett transplanted and home by Christmas. Our goal is to raise $25,000 within the next few weeks, as time is critical!
On behalf of Brett, Jennifer, and their 2 adorable boys, Jack and Michael, thank you for your time and consideration in supporting the Ploessel family during this life changing event. Your generosity will play a critical role in assuring Brett can beat this life challenge and enjoy the many years ahead with his loving family that he so deserves!
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