Steve's Medical Fund

$6,250 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 49 people in 32 months
On Christmas morning 12/25/2016 Steve was rushed to United Hospital with symptoms of a heart attack. Upon arrival, doctors told us he was in acute congestive heart failure. They were able to stabilize him by removing the fluid that had built up around his heart and lungs.  Further testing showed that he suffered a massive heart attack at least a month ago, but somehow didn't realize it. They also performed an angioplasty to clear the blockage and insert a
stint, but the artery was 100% blocked so this was unsuccessful. He currently has a team of cardiologists and specialists working on his case to develop a course of action. The doctors have been telling us how amazed they are that he is still alive and with us and have explained how extremely rare it is to survive this type of heart attack. We are calling this our Christmas Miracle!

Monday: 12/26/2016 Test after Test continues to evaluate Steve's condition.  Lots of family and friends have been visiting. Steve is up and moving around and in good spirits, considering what he's going through. Thank you for all of the support and prayers!

Tuesday 12/27/2016- An MRI was performed to see a detailed picture of the damage to the heart. Results showed he has a large aneurysm on the left side of his heart, as well as multiple blood clots inside the heart. Total heart function at this time is at only 13%. Talk of inserting an internal defibrillator tomorrow....  Steve was happy to see many visitors throughout the day again today, and finished off the night watching the Minnesota Wild hockey game with Garrett.

Wednesday 12/28/2016- A procedure was scheduled for 2:00 PM to place a Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) but was postponed until Thursday when another surgeon who is more familiar with this procedure would be available. Visitors continue and Steve remains content and awaits his procedure.

Thursday 12/29/2016 The  procedure to place an ICD is scheduled for  2:00 PM. Steve continues to proudly show off his new twin grand-babies to all of the doctors, nurses, and everyone that walks by!

Steve has a long road ahead, and the damage to his heart is extensive. At this time, the large aneurysm is of great concern and doctors are referring him to a surgeon at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN to review his case. The surgeon will evaluate and determine if removing the aneurysm and repairing the heart is the best option, or, if he will eventually need to be placed on the transplant list.  We will continue to update as often as possible and thank everyone for your continued love and support.

A Go Fund Me account has been setup for Steve to assist in his long journey ahead - https://www.gofundme.com/g8-steves-medical-fund
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The day started with Steve being taken down to pre-op at about 6:45am and then we were directed to the family waiting room. We were informed that his surgery actually started around 9:00am and we were given frequent updates throughout the day. Surgery finished about 1:30pm and he was moved to ICU. We were finally able to see him briefly about 1.5 hours later. His surgical team and ICU nurses gave us the post-op details and explained that he is doing extremely well and they are very pleased with how everything went! His heart function has already increased significantly and they expect it will continue to trend up! Steve is currently sedated but they plan to slowly wake him over the next few hours. We are told they expect to have him up and walking by tomorrow! It has been a long day of sitting and waiting but we are extremely excited, relieved and thankful for the great progress thus far!
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Today we met with the surgeon and cardiology team and baring any complications with his blood work, Steve is scheduled for surgery tomorrow. The surgeon feels confident that he will be able to remove the large aneurysm and dead tissue. The prognosis is good since the rest of his heart is working relatively well all things considered. They plan to install an internal defibrillator a few days after surgery and along with continued medication they feel they can get his heart functioning at a decent level.

In the meantime, Steve is enjoying his bigger room at Mayo calling it the Taj Mahal as well as his increased diet including his first tiny cup of coffee in 9 days... but who is counting. He is also enjoying slowly walking the hallways in his small radius the nurses gave him so he doesn't wonder too far away!

Steve wants you all to know that he appreciates all the love and support during his journey. He is looking forward to recovering and getting back home to thank everyone in person.
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Today Steve was moved to Mayo Clinic Hospital St Mary's Campus. He met with his cardiology team and they started getting a plan together. They will run all new tests and scans so they have the most current data to develop the most effective course of action. More tests and meetings with the doctors will continue tomorrow. Surgery that would reconstruct the heart could come later this week and if successful Steve would have most of the functionality of his heart back. If unsuccessful Steve would then be placed on the transplant list to wait for a replacement heart.
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Steve remains stable on medication and if he weren't in a hospital gown and in a hospital bed you would never know that anything was wrong. The doctors continue to report they can't believe Steve is doing as well as he is because of the major damage the massive heart attack left behind. Steve awaits being transferred to Mayo at 10:00 am Monday to re-evaluate Steve's situation and come up with a plan to first tackle the massive aneurysm first and then repairing his heart with the possibility of having to do a heart transplant. Last I night we rang in the new year with finally having our family Xmas. We Skyped in Dad for the big part at our house and then we brought our stockings and his presents to his room! Even though it wasn't the usual Xmas we wouldn't have it any other way! Thanks a million to everyone that's helped out and please keep the prayers flowing as Steve's journey has just begun.
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Raised by 49 people in 32 months
Created December 26, 2016
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31 months ago
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Sandy Ake
32 months ago

Thinking of you, Steve, Teri and the rest of the Heltne family. Your love for each other and your combined strength will pull you through this. Hugs to all!

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Jill Sweeney
32 months ago
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32 months ago
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Dennis Loperfido
32 months ago

Sending prayers to you and the family!

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David Rowland
32 months ago

Thoughts and prayers!

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32 months ago
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