Larry was always a healthy person. At age 10, he was in the hospital for rheumatic fever. The next time would be at age 54 with a diagnosis of Dilated Cardiomyophy. This date will be etched in our memories forever March 8, 2007, when they told us he would need a heart transplant. Larry has an ejection faction of between 5% - 10%. A normal person is 55 - 70. Anything under 55 is considered heart failure. Most people cannot function on what Larry's is. He returned to work at the Tubey - 7 days week until his body and heart and no reserve left. He retired December 31, 2014.
He went to the doctor because he could not breath right - very short of breath. He spent 6 days in MedCentral and went from 168 pounds to 138 but he felt better and could breath once more! August 8, 2007 he received his Pacemaker/Defibrillator (2 leads into the heart0. September 8, 2011 he got an upgrade to a CRT-D Cardiac Rehabilitation Device Pacemaker/Debibralator (3 leads into the heart).
December 21 he got a good check up at the Cleveland Clinic. Told us they wanted to see us in 6 months! The next few days, he started to feel bloated and short of breath.. Dec. 25 at 12:57 PM, his device kicked in and shocked him. We went to the Emergency Department at OhioHealth MedCentral/Mansfield. at 2:03 PM, it shocked him again. The ER doctor and the cardiologist on call contacted the Cleveland Clinic and life flighted him to their facility.
He was in very bad shape. His organs were beginning to shut down. They tried to stabilize him with medicine and that did not work so they put a balloon into his groin to help pump the heart and rest it. The heart had gone into cardiac shock. He did not have a heart attack.
December 29th, the transplant team put Larry on the list as a top candidate for a heart. He continued to decline and they were afraid a heart would not become available before the balloon stopped working for him so they decided to do surgery.
December 30, 2015 Larry received a Heartware LVAD. (Left ventricle assistance device). This LVAD he received is a bridge to a transplant. He has this device implanted in his chest. It is attached to the bottom left side of his heart with a tube running from it to the top of right side. The propeller/motor rotates at 2460 rpm. He has a drive line going from the propeller out his stomach to a little computer and two batteries that is his constant companion. It weights eight pounds. He can plug it into the house power or the car battery. When he leaves the house, even to go to the back yard, he has another computer and two batteries as back up to take with him. When he gets a new heart this LVAD and the CRT-D will both be removed.
January 31, 2016, he had a stroke. The Lord was with us and it was a minor one. He has spent another week in the hospital having his medicines tweeted. We have been told this is normal and to expect it again.
We have been told that the LVAD and follow-up for it is as expensive as the heart transplant and follow up with be.
We pray that someone will give us the gift of their loved ones heart so that Larry can continue to live life to the fullest. He wants to dance again. He looks forward to acting on stage again. The sand on a beach with the waves hitting his body would make him happy. He would cherish this gift with love his entire life.
The funds will be used to cover out of pocket medical expenses that as of right now expect to be over $10,000. Thank you for all and any support that is provided.