Our life, as we know it, can turn upside down overnight.
Hannah, 20 years old, is currently living in ICU at Intermountain Medical Center awaiting a heart transplant.
Hannah’s story: In September 2017, Hannah was diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy, a disease caused by a flu virus. Last December (2016) she got the flu. Cardiologists believe the flu virus entered her heart and attacked. Over the last year, the virus caused silent, non-symptomatic, irreparable damage to her heart.
Hannah worked all summer in the high Uintah mountains hiking 6 miles a day. Little did she know that her heart was failing with each step. In the fall, Hannah returned to Utah State University striving for a bachelor’s degree in Forestry. In September, severe stomach pains believed to be caused by her gallbladder, sent her to the hospital where she expected to have routine gallbladder surgery. A pre-op CT scan revealed her heart was greatly enlarged and pumping at 10% capacity, a critical life-threatening condition. Hannah was immediately rushed by ambulance from Logan to Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City.
Overnight, her ‘known world’ collapsed.
Within days her heart failed. She underwent 2 open heart surgeries to install artificial heart pumps. For a number of weeks she was dependent upon total life support. Hannah is a fighter. She did not quit; she did not give in. She took on the odds and won. She works hard every day to become as strong and healthy as she possibly can while waiting for a new heart.
Hannah’s goal is to return to Utah State University ASAP, resume her studies in Forestry and obtain a Bachelor’s degree. Hannah must remain in ICU until a new heart can be found. We are asking for help to fund Hannah’s expenses due to her heart condition. Anything you can donate would be greatly appreciated.
- Amy Gregory
- Lacie Hislop
- Denise Carman
- Ryan Buerkle
- Sarah & Rich Lautenbach/Daniel
Salt Lake City, UT