Help Heal her Heart

It shouldn’t be this hard.  The phrase that was uttered over and over through multiple surgeries and medical procedures for the last 6 months. With many more months of recovery to still face, it is our time to all rally together to make the fight easier for our friend Shelley and start 2017 the right way for her.

Which leads you here to this GoFundMe page. First, thanks for stopping by. Now, please take the time to read her story and help any way you can. We all know Shelley to be the first person to lend a hand to others so let us return the favor.

On June 15th Shelley was rushed to the hospital with a shortness of breath. She was diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and she was in heart failure. She needed Open Heart Surgery to cut down the muscle growth and allow the blood to flow correctly through her body. They said, even though it was Open Heart surgery, it was a simple surgery to fix a genetic problem. The doctor promised once it was done she would notice a difference in how wonderful she would feel. Well after the surgery, she didn’t feel wonderful at all. In fact, she was worse and came out of the surgery with a heart block and needed to be rushed into surgery two days later to have a permanent pacemaker put in.

Once she was released from the hospital after these two surgeries, she was not recovering or healing and actually getting worse. She returned to the ER to find out she had a hole in her heart – most likely cause by the first surgery and was never corrected while she was still in the operating room. After months of being studied like a guinea pig by multiple surgeons, it was determined the only solution was a second Open heart surgery. For months, she remained in heart failure, dealing with pain, complications and multiple procedures to make sure she was healing so she could go back and do it all over again. Can you imagine spending months trying to heal, knowing you were only healing to do it all over again? No one should have to go through that, especially when it was someone else’s fault. The worse part was, after consulting several attorneys, there does not seem to be any legal recourse or compensation that could be claimed for this botched surgery (or as it became known to the nursing staff, “the hack job”).

Shelley missed months of work but right back into full time as soon as she could to try to make up for loss money. However, 2016 still remained a struggle with excess medical bills, home repairs, a water leak causing major damage at her rental property, tenants that had to be evicted and of course regular monthly and daily expenses. She had to take money out of her retirement fund to help herself before returning the the next surgery. She returned to the hospital in December for the 2nd open heart surgery and is now home trying to recover from her chest being sawed open for the second time this year.

Shelley stood her ground though and fought her way through all of it. But now 2017 seems to be starting as daunting as 2016. She will be starting the year in pain and out of work while also starting an unexpected journey as a single Mommy. She still has a mortgage and monthly expenses to pay, while also facing new insurance deductibles, pricey exams, medicines and whatever surprises 2017 hands her, all while not being able to work.

We all know what a hard worker Shelley is and how hard she has worked for everything she has. She is not one to ask for help but it is time we all offer the help without her having to ask. Let’s make 2017 a great year for our friend. Every donation helps and all of it goes directly to Shelley. Please, please, please because life should not be this hard!

Donations

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  • Carrie Hubbel  
    • $50 
    • 44 mos
  • Christina Birmingham 
    • $50 
    • 44 mos
  • Tracy James Rossi 
    • $50 
    • 44 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 45 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $30 
    • 45 mos
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Organizer

Shelley Moody 
Organizer
Orlando, FL
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