Hearts & Horses

We are here to ask for support for our good friend Debbie.   Debbie has always been one to do all that she can to help others, and now it is time for us to help her.  She is in need of a major heart surgery, and as Debbie is the provider for herself, her husband, and her "children" 17 horses.  She has worked with Animal Therapy of Utah for years, and one of her mini horses, Daisy, is a registered therapy animal.  Debbie is not one to ask for help in anyway, but is one of the first to offer assistance in anyway that she can.
Over the last few months Debbie's condition has deteriorated at a rapid rate, and what used to be an optional procedure sometime down the road, is now a crucial necessity for any quality of life.
Due to the complexity of this surgery, Debbie needs to travel back to Cleveland to have the myectomy performed.  She will need to stay there for at least a week post surgery before she can travel home.  She will be unable to return to work for up to four months, and will have extreme limitations on what she can do.  
Unfortunately this will place a hefty financial burden on Debbie's already tired shoulders.  She has joked about needing to find a leprechaun, and we've told her that we are willing to join the search.  We know that we can't find just one leprechaun, but maybe if we are able to find lots of little leprechauns, we can somehow lighten her burden, and help out a good friend.  Anything that you can give will add up.  If you can't donate, please share to spread the word. 

HCM (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy).  What does that mean?  How do you live with this diagnosis?
It is very possible to live a long and active life with HCM.  Currently there are many treatment options that aim to improve symptoms and prevent complications.  Although there is no cure for HCM, there are many forms of therapy available which may improve heart function and relieve symptoms.  Individuals who have few or no symptoms may require only monitoring.
However this is not the case for Debbie, she has exhausted all other options (medications, and implantable cardioverter difibrillator) , and now major surgery (myectomy) is her only hope.
Septal Reduction (Myectomy)
A small portion of the thickened muscale is removed from the upper portion of the ventricular septum, widening the left ventricular cavity making it unlikely that the mitral valve will contact the septum in systole and relieving the obstruction.  Septal reductions will not cure HCM; it will only relieve symptoms related to obstruction.  The affect on sudden cardiac arrest post septal reduction is currently unresolved.  Septal myectomy remains the "gold standard" treatment for obstruction in HCM. 

Donations ()

  • Troy Garren  
    • $10 
    • 12 d
  • Cynthia Lee 
    • $25 
    • 1 mo
  • Brenda Terry 
    • $35 
    • 2 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $30 
    • 2 mos
  • Tj Branum 
    • $20 
    • 3 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Kelly MacDonald Bybee 
Riverton, UT
Debbie Hamilton 
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