Hedda's ❤️ Transplant Life-saving Meds

34809994_1543091478798348_r.jpeg♥️New heart implanted July 25, 2019!    UPDATED: June 24, 2019. This is  Hedda.  She needs a new heart.  Hedda has end stage Congestive Heart Failure induced by a 2005 chemotherapy regime for aggressive breast cancer. The chemo damaged her heart beyond repair causing Doxorubicin Cardiomyopathy. Her heart is too weak to pump enough blood. After many different heart treatments, in mid-2016, Hedda's life changed for the worse when she was unable to work anymore and became dependent on Social Security Disability Income, which pays a meager $1367 per month. After many medications and treatments, it was decided that Hedda’s ♥️ could no longer manage on its own.   After being required to fund raise $10,000 for a heart transplant listing, with your help had a not only MET but exceeded that initial goal.   On December 3rd, a mechanical/electrical LVAD - Left Ventricular Assist Device was implanted as a bridge-to-transplant.  The success of that goal was because of all of you.  Hedda is a young, 61, and has at least 30 more years of life in her...if she can get a gifted ♥️.  She was an active dog walker and pet sitter locally, and misses her business, Urban Tails. 

Hedda's heart deteriorated to a life threatening condition back in September 25, 2018.  On November 16, 2018  she was admitted to the hospital and given the $10,000 fundraising goal before she could be listed for a ♥️.  This money will be set aside and it’s a guarantee of being able to afford anti-rejection meds for a couple years. As you know we exceeded our goal.  On December 3, 2018 Hedda had open heart surgery and was implanted with the LVAD (left ventricular assist device).  This will help had us part palm while she waits for a gifted heart.   The increased funding goal will help Hedda medically  thru post LVAD implantation and the pre-and post heart transplant.  Even with Medicare, there are many out-of-pocket costs. We, Hedda's Care Team - Alexander, Sarah,and Darcy, are asking for anything you may be able to afford. We need to keep Hedda on the heart transplant list. The current out of pocket costs are hundreds of $$ while awaiting her gift of a new heart. Please help if you can. Your donation is a life-saving donation.

Hedda was discharged home on December 18, however she has had to return several times to the Emergency Department for re-admission and observation due to VAD low-flow alarms. Much of which are due to finding the right LVAD adjustments and proper hydration.  

Hedda attendance cardio rehab classes twice a week to strengthen her muscles and increase stamina.   The stronger it had a will be going into heart transplant surgery, the quicker she will recover.

When a ♥️ becomes available, Hedda will be ready and will persist. 

Love to you all. 

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Hedda Britt Martin 
Grand Rapids, MI
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