On May 10, 2017 around 5:30 PM I received that awful unexpected call that nobody wants to receive my children's father James and Bellas dad Martin. He called me in a panic to hurry to his house I dropped everything I yelled to the kids I'll be right back stay home and don't follow me. Once I got in my car I called Martin asked him what's wrong he said hurry I can't find anything. We hung up and I sped as fast as I could to get to him. Thank God it's only a few minutes away, as soon as he opened the door I knew that he either had a stroke or heart attack he was barely standing or walking and with the dazed look in his eyes. I sped 80 miles an hour all the way to the hospital which is only minutes away. I stopped the car in the emergency entrance and grabbed him and rushed inside. I told them the symptoms and within minutes he was having an MRI done, 10 minutes later they confirmed he had a stroke and started administering the drug TPA that needs to be given within 60 minutes of a stroke. About an hour later he was moved to ICU on the heart floor. After many tests later, They found a hole in his heart and a valve that opens but doesn't shut and surgery was needed and without it he could die instantly of a massive heart attack at any time, they couldn't perform the heart procedure that was needed due to the stroke because the brain needed to rest for approximately 3 to 4 weeks before the heart procedure could be done , Martin didn't have health insurance so he was discharged... Miraculously on June 1 we got health insurance for Martin and he is now covered and today we went to the heart surgeon and an angiogram is scheduled for Thursday, July 13 will be admitted to the hospital and Friday, July 14 he'll have his open heart surgery to replace the valve with a mechanism and to stitch up a hole in his heart. He is an absolute awesome father, brother, uncle, friend to many, and a best friend to me and the father of my children and he means the world to so many, so far we have managed to handle all the doctors copayments but now we need the help from you, he has a lot of copayments from the hospital and surgery that need to be paid upfront before he can have his surgery. We are praying for all the help from friends and relatives and anyone that can look into their heart to be a blessing. We thank God for our blessings every day that Martin is with us and his children. So far we received over $110,000 in doctor and hospital bills from his previous stay without insurance but we're not worried about those right now it's the upcoming surgery and copayments that we need to continue his care before and after his surgery that we need help with . We thank you for reading this and God bless you if you can help.
With much love,
Pam, James and Bella, his children, his family members, His sister Mary, Brother Robert, niece and family Angela, and his many dear friends.