Help Maggie get a Liver Transplant

Thank you so much to everyone who has been reaching out to find out what has been going on with Maggie.  I know our silence has certainly created anxiety, but the timing of this crisis caught us off guard and we are in survival mode with the kids and trying to get Maggie the best care.

Some background.   in April 2018, Maggie started to have some medical issues with fluid buildup in her abdomen which although odd, didn’t trigger any alarms.  After a few days, we took her to Overlook Medical Center where it was determined that she was fighting a Liver Disease, which is also causing distress with her kidneys.  Due to the seriousness of her condition and the pace at which things were worsening, she was immediately admitted as an in-patient for 2+ weeks.  Ultimately,  it was determined that she needed some more acute care so she was transferred to a specialty practice at Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC

She was admitted to Mount Sinai during which time, they ultimately decided to begin dialysis. The treatment seemed to  be effective in getting her body to reboot with Doctors hoping that her Kidneys and Liver would begin to heal themselves.  After three weeks at Mount Sinai, they released her back home and while she was determined to be home for mothers day, she quickly developed a fever and we immediately had to bring her back to Overlook again.  Unfortunately, due to the seriousness of the condition, this time they had to transfer Maggie to Columbia Presbyterian in NYC where it has been determined she will need a full liver transplant.

Like most who have to deal with a crisis, we never imagined being in this position and certainly weren’t prepared financially for what was to come.  We don’t live in a grand house, we don’t take elaborate vacations and we spend most time trying to find a way to make ends-meet to cover basic expenses.  Sadly, this has totally exhausted all of our resources.   Not only are the medical procedures coming with profound expenses that aren’t covered by insurance, but also the sad fact that Maggie has no paid time off due to the fact that she just started a new job at the Westfield Public Schools this year.  

In the effort to pay the mounting medical bills, after care for the kids amongst other things, we are getting to a point where we have exhausted all of our reserves and need help financially. While certainly a humbling experience, please help. 

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Shawn Grabko
Plainfield, NJ

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