I had a great doctor, Dr. Bruce Steinhauser, former CMO for the Regional Medical Center, who worked with me continually to help me find relief from the strokes that seem to come on a regular basis. My father died at age 43 from the same illness, and so I was told it was hereditary.
I found my help after about two years; it was Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville Tn. I was referred by my cardiologist. I went to Vanderbilt for a just a doctor’s visit, to see if I could be helped, but to my surprise I was told that if I left the hospital without surgery I could die before I got back to Memphis. My heart was clotting and I was losing my battle.
My mother was with me on this visit, and we stayed while they ran other tests and it was determined that I needed a new heart and fast. A heart and money became a big problem, because I had neither. I was told about a new procedure that could help me while I waited to go on the heart transplant list. This procedure was called a left ventricular assist device or LVAD; it allows my heart to pump with the assistance of a battery pack. I stayed in the hospital two weeks and lived in a hotel for four weeks while I received rehab. My mother stayed with me and we receive help from family and friends with hotel and food accommodations.
I travel to Nashville each month to get checked out, and now I am a prime candidate for a heart transplant. I’m told that my cost would be about seven thousand dollars and my insurance. I do have insurance but I don’t have seven thousand dollars. I am asking you to help fund me through this website so that I can get back a life of normalcy. I am father and I would like to be around to raise my children and give candy to my grandchildren. Whatever your monetary gift, believe me it would be appreciated.
Phillip E. Hughes
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