Chelsea's Beating Heart

Dear Friends,

I am reaching out to all of you on behalf of the Albrecht family.  Their beloved Chelsea is in desperate need of medical care, which is why I am starting this Go Fund Me account for her.

Chelsea Albrecht is 31 years old and a single mother of two beautiful girls, Vivien (ages 10) and Magnolia (age 4).  Last Thursday Chelsea was not feeling well and came home from work early.  By Saturday evening Chelsea had been rushed to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where they placed her in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.  She was in congestive heart failure, had a blood clot in her lung, and had contracted a virus so severe fluid had surrounded her entire heart. She had a high fever and her heart rate continued to stay at 170.  Unbeknownst to Chelsea, she had an underlying heart condition that went undiagnosed and when she contracted this unknown virus, it attacked her heart.  Without a heart transplant, Chelsea would not survive.  The medical staff at UCMC placed Chelsea on a heart transplant list and worked day and night to keep her alive.  Two days after she was put on the transplant list Chelsea was told that a heart had become available to her and it was a match!  She was scheduled for surgery that evening at 11:00pm.  A few hours before the surgery, the doctors called Chelsea’s parents (Paula and John) and informed them that Chelsea had taken a turn for the worse and if they could not get her stabilized before the scheduled surgery it would be called off and the heart would be lost.  Grief stricken, the Albrecht family and friends hoped and prayed that they could keep her stable long enough to make it to surgery.  By 11:00pm the surgery was on and 8 hours later Chelsea had a new heart.  The doctors told Paula and John that she would not have survived another 48 hours without the transplant.  Although she is fighting pneumonia and her lung is damaged due to the blood clot, her new heart is beating and she is eternally grateful to the organ donor who selflessly donated their heart.  Since her surgery she has been taken off the ventilator, has been sitting up and according to her mother, Paula, they were going to try to get her to take a few steps.  Chelsea is still in a lot of pain and needs oxygen especially after saying a few words.

To say this has been a trying time for Chelsea and the entire Albrecht family would be an understatement.  Exactly one year ago, Chelsea’s sister, Misty, passed away unexpectedly at 40 years old.  Her sudden death was a real shock and devastating to the 10 children she left behind.  As a mother, I cannot imagine the grief Chelsea’s mother felt when she received the tragic news last week that she might lose another daughter in less than a year.  How does anyone stand upright after receiving that kind of blow?  

Chelsea and her family are true survivors.  They have a fighting spirit that binds them as a family and they give love and compassion to all that need them.  With that said, they are the ones who are in need today.  Chelsea’s hospitalization, heart transplant and post-surgical care are going to cost around 1.5 million dollars. She will be required to take very expensive medication ($1500-$2500  per month) for the rest of her life and might not be able to work for a year.  As a single mother of two girls, Chelsea is going to need a lot of support.  At this moment, Chelsea just wants to get better so she can be with Vivien and Maggie.  For those of you who know Chelsea, you know that her two girls are her entire world and the three of them are bonded by an eternal love and a will to stay together as a family.

Please help!  Your donation, any amount, will be very much appreciated.  PLEASE SHARE this on all of your social media accounts and please ask them to share with their friends.  I have posted some pictures of Chelsea and her family.  The hospital pictures are very difficult to look at, but it is a real reminder of what she is going through and the long road she faces. 

I will keep you updated on Chelsea’s recovery and thank you so much for your support! 

Love and peace, Tina Bastock


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John and Tina Bastock 
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Landen, OH
John Albrecht 
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