Kathy's HEART Transplant

In October, 2017 my mom began feeling symptoms of shortness of breath and fatigue. Suspecting she had just caught a cold, she worked her way through it. After a couple of weeks of no symptom relief, she finally went to the doctor on 10/31/2017. After suspecting pneumonia, they took a chest X-ray which showed an enlarged heart. They initiated some medication and set up a cardiology appointment. Two days later while at work, her co-workers thought something wasn't right and ended up calling 911. She was taken to the Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls where they began running some tests. After an echocardiogram (echo), it showed her heart was functioning at only 17% (normal is 55%-65%). At this time she was in severe heart failure and her heart could not supply her body by itself. Her cardiologist decided she needed to go to an institution that had options for advanced treatment. Since I work at Nebraska Medicine and they have a wonderful cardiology team, we transfered her here to Omaha.

After running more tests, and seeing how her heart was responding to medications, the team here at Nebraska Medicine made the decision to seek more advanced therapy. At this point, her heart was only functioning at 10% and they did not see any signs of her heart recovering on its own. The two options were a heart transplant or a mechanical assist device. The best option for her at this time was to go with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) which works as the left ventrical of your heart, or the part of your heart that supplies blood to the rest of the body. This will be used a bridge until she is able to get a heart transplant in the future. She will be evaluated for transplant and put on the list. She will not be top priority at first, but whenever a heart becomes available, she will have the option to move on to transplant. Her surgery will be taking place on Thursday, 11/16/2017.

In the mix of all of this, she has had to and will have to take time off of work. She has worked hard her whole life and plans to return back to work after she recovers, but we need some help in the meantime. She will have to stay in Omaha for a couple of weeks following her surgery and will still have to take time to recover once she returns home. We will also have to soon move her into a single level apartment to make everything easier with her new device as her current home is not very conducive with the changes that will be taking place. 

We are asking for help from our friends and family during this difficult time. We realize this is a lot to ask and we are grateful for any assistance. Anything is appreciated, especially thoughts and well wishes and thank you in advance.
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Maggie Nelson 
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Omaha, NE
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