My dad, Dale Lindwall, has an urgent situation with his heart, and we are asking for your help to get him the medical treatments he needs.
January 5, 2016. Just two days after my wedding. My new wife and I were walking down the street in Phoenix on our honeymoon, when my phone started ringing. My dad was calling to tell me that he had had a heart attack, and would be having double bypass open heart surgery the next day.
Thankfully, he made it through the surgery and the doctors hailed it as a success. However, in the days that followed the surgery, he could not stop coughing from a cold he had, which in turn affected his asthma. We later found out that the hospital had given him a drug which further aggravated his asthma and made it very difficult to breath. As he spent the next several months regaining his energy and attending rehab, he continued to experience excruciating pain from the surgery, which prevented him from working. Much of this time, he had to spend his nights sleeping in a recliner because to stretch out on the bed only made his chest pain worse. Eventually, he got a second opinion from the University of Minnesota and they discovered that his constant coughing had split apart his still-healing sternum.
In the summer of 2016, my dad had a second surgery that installed 3 plates into his chest to hold his sternum together. Unfortunately, after the surgery, the pain continued. After many more months of gathering doctor’s opinions, scans, testing, and waiting, he had a third surgery to remove 2 of the plates in June of 2017. The surgeon found a screw from the last surgery that had become loose, and was one of the sources of pain for him.
After his last surgery, we were relieved to hear that he was finally experiencing less pain. He was able to get back on his feet and start driving for Uber. However, although the pain in his chest had abated, his heart functioning began to drop after the last surgery and his asthma flared up. His overall health began to deteriorate again.
In early September of this year, my dad went in for a routine echocardiogram . . . only to be told that his heart was functioning at just 15%. He was diagnosed with acute congestive heart failure and immediately sent to Mercy Hospital for emergency care.
Reaching the Limits of Western Medicine
It was while my dad was at Mercy Hospital that we all understood what a precarious position he is in. The doctors wanted to put him on a medication that would strengthen his heart, but all the medications available cause unbearable side effects to my dad’s asthma. To further complicate things, his weak heart function is causing his kidneys to gradually shut down. Faced with this situation, the doctors openly predicted that my dad’s heart condition would continue to deteriorate and he would need to go on kidney dialysis. All of us in the room knew that in addition to continuing to receive the best care that traditional medicine had to offer, it was also time to look for a sustainable solution for my dad’s complicated health needs.
A few weeks ago, my dad visited a local chiropractor who specializes in combining cutting-edge technology with holistic health care to help the body heal itself. My dad completed a two-day assessment that analyzed his organ functioning, the different concentrations of bacteria and parasites present in his body, neurological functioning, spinal health, and nutritional deficiencies. He came away from the assessment process extremely hopeful that he had found a doctor that could help him get well. He was especially relieved to hear that this doctor would work with him while he continues to receive traditional medical treatments and had also successfully treated patients caught in similar situations.
How You Can Help
My dad is not the type of person to ask others to help him without doing as much as he can to help himself. He is fully committed to taking his health into his own hands, and is already making the lifestyle changes needed for better health. However, as he has not been able to work regularly for over a year, finances are a huge barrier--especially as treatments at this clinic are not covered under insurance.
We are working to raise $7500, which will give my dad a solid six months of care at this clinic. He will work closely with the doctor to refuel his body with nutrition, recharge his cells, and regenerate new healthy cells. This protocol will also include detoxifying the body and getting rid of the harmful bacteria and parasites that have built up in his body. It is a very holistic plan that also includes diet and lifestyle changes. One of the most important treatments that my dad will have access to at this clinic is Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF), which has been studied for over 50 years and is approved by the FDA. PEMF applies a magnetic field to the cells in the body to help them heal and operate at their full potential. These treatments along with beginning the cardiac rehab program at the hospital next week will give my dad the best possible chance at recovery.
I hope you will consider helping my dad on his journey of healing. His need is urgent, but we also need him. He has a loving wife, six children, and 12 grandchildren, all of whom want to spend many more years with him. He is a constant source of love and support to his family, and continues to grow and change when most people become stagnant. Though he has suffered so much in the last 22 months, his spirits and faith remain strong.
Donations of any amount are gratefully and humbly accepted. If you are unable to donate at this time, please spread the word about Dale Lindwall through linking to this page on social media. Our family thanks you for showing your love. Please continue to keep him in your prayers.
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