Hana's Heart

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Raised by 275 people in 54 months


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Hana Marie Yago is the daughter of Paul and Kathleen Yago, close friends, neighbors and fellow new parents in our tight knit community near Alamo Square Park. Paul and Kathleen were planning a Hawaii getaway with Hana, when Kathleen decided to take Hana in to Kaiser to check out an on and off cough Hana had had for a couple weeks. This visit turned into a fight to save Hana's life. Just one week shy of her 6 month birthday, Hana was found to have an enlarged heart due to left ventricular dysfunction and was essentially in heart failure. Over the course of a few days, Paul and Kathleen have had their lives turned upside down as Hana's heart has deteriorated immensely and is no longer capable of supporting her. Hana is currently at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, where she will remain until she undergoes a heart transplant. Paul and Kathleen are staying at in a small room on the Cardiac ICU unit where they can remain close to their daughter. As no one can know when a heart will become available, the costs of keeping Hana stable until that time will be substantial. We would like to help remove some of the financial burden for Paul and Kathleen so they can focus on taking care of Hana. All donations will go directly to Paul and Kathleen to be used towards her care.

**UPDATE: Hana has been moved out of ICU and is now on the Pediatric Cardiology Unit. She has been denied for a heart transplant at this time but this is actually good news! Paul and Kathleen hope to be able to bring Hana home soon while they wait for further improvement or future treatments to her heart.

**UPDATE: Hana is now at home working on gaining weight, driving her mom crazy (in the best way!) and playing with her neighborhood friends and her dog Poppy. She is well on her way to crawling and is still not sure about food or milk, or anything in her mouth at all! She loves going on walks in her stroller and is always rocking a cool knit hat! If you see her around the neighborhood, be sure to say hello and hopefully she'll give you one of her sweet smiles. Currently, Paul and Kathleen have yet to decide when to list Hana on the heart transplant list again. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they make this difficult decision. 

**UPDATE: Hana was readmitted to Stanford on 11/19/15 due to a collapsed left lung. Unfortunately, her heart had increased in size and would not allow her lung to recover. The difficult descision was made to proceed with implanting a Berlin Heart in Hana to take over her heart and allow her body to recover. Hana will remain on the Berlin Heart until she receives a heart transplant. She will remain at Stanford until that time and for many months after. Please keep them in your prayers during this time. Some day Hana will receive the precious gift of a new heart, until then we are praying for her to remain strong. 

**UPDATE: Hana has received a new heart! She underwent heart transplant surgery Sunday, May 28 at around 4:30pm. The surgery was a success and she is in the ICU sedated while recovering. She will remain in the ICU for about 2 weeks, then go to a step down room for a few more weeks before moving to the Ronald McDonald House in Stanford for several months. She will have to remain near the hospital for a few months post transplant in case any issues arise but we are hoping for her to be home as early as the end of September! 

Thank you and God Bless!

Alyx Tennison

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Kathleen's blog

Cards can be sent to:
Ronald McDonald House at Stanford
Hana Yago
520 Sand Hill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
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Ok so technically this happened on Friday but I have some AMAZING news! Hana and her parents are officially home! Everyone has waited so long to have this wonderful family back in the neighborhood and we could not be happier to have this day finally here. Kathleen, Paul, Hana and Poppy (their dog) are finally back around exploring the neighborhood where they belong. And the best part is its just in time for Hana's birthday next week :)
Happy 2nd Birthday Hana girl. So happy to have you home <3
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Hello Hana supporters! Hana's 2nd birthday and I have an idea for what we can all get her :) Kathleen has posted about how the American Red Cross is having a shortage of blood nationwide and needs help from donors. (see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/red-cross-blood-shortage-amazon-gift-card_us_5797d38fe4b02d5d5ed34f2a) .
I thought it would be so fun for everyone to take a picture of them donating blood and send it with a birthday card for Hana so she can see how all the people who love and support her are donating blood in her honor! Hana, like all transplant patients, required a lot of blood during her transplant and I know it would make her family happy to see how much we can donate for the American Red Cross.
If you are interested, just sign up to donate, take a pic and send it to:
Ronald McDonald House at Stanford
Hana Yago
510 Sand Hill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Love and blessings!
Alyx
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The story of Hana and her heart reaches far. Click the link to read how the order of one t-shirt turns into a company following Hana's story and spreading the word of her awesome, incredible adventure!
"And it made us so happy to even know the story, to follow the journey, and to hopefully be a bit better as people and as a company. We want and need to do nice things, both as individuals and as a company, and this story was the kickstart we needed. Thank you Gina, and Hana, you rock!"
http://www.apericots.com/blog/the-good-in-the-world/

Thanks Mitch at Apericots for the words, the cool T-shirt and doing some nice things.
Tiny but Mighty!
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For those of you that haven't heard about the amazing opportunity to purchase The Gift in honor of Hana and to benefit Donate Life, I am attaching the link here. The benefit only runs through July 1st, so don't delay! Purchase your print of the beautiful painting, The Gift by Eugenia Mancini Horan.
http://eugeniamancinihoran.bigcartel.com/product/giclee-limited-edition-print-of-the-gift-a-tribute-to-hana-yago
The Gift
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Tatjana Barbosa
53 months ago
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I would like to help with anything the family needs at this point. I'm open to anything; cleaning, errands or helping with Hana. My email is tatj_77@yahoo.de

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Robin Meyfohrt
54 months ago
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Alyx and Mark. Thank you so much for setting up.

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Dana Yago
54 months ago

Alyx and Mark, thank you so much for setting this up. especially keeping it and updated! Your positivity, love and friendship is evident. You are both blessings in Paul, Kathleen, and Hana's lives! I love you for this

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MarcandLori Tennison
54 months ago

Any update on this sweet baby?

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Grainne Whale
54 months ago

Wow! When I got up this morning there was $1,100 or so and look at you now! Fantastic. That speaks volumes about the kind of people you are to have these kind of people in your lives. Keep up the good work!

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Created February 18, 2015
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Vince H
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Meant to do this a long time ago, hope I'm not too late. Glad everything is so much better now and Congrats to you and Paul on the exciting announcement! :)

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Valerie Haff
36 months ago

I learned about your story through an online article in my local newspaper. I am so in awe of your strength. I have two daughters under the age of five, and my heart aches reading some of your blog. You and your daughter bring hope and resilience to an often chaotic world. Thank you for sharing your story.

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Tatjana Barbosa
53 months ago
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I would like to help with anything the family needs at this point. I'm open to anything; cleaning, errands or helping with Hana. My email is tatj_77@yahoo.de

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Robin Meyfohrt
54 months ago
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Alyx and Mark. Thank you so much for setting up.

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Dana Yago
54 months ago

Alyx and Mark, thank you so much for setting this up. especially keeping it and updated! Your positivity, love and friendship is evident. You are both blessings in Paul, Kathleen, and Hana's lives! I love you for this

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MarcandLori Tennison
54 months ago

Any update on this sweet baby?

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Grainne Whale
54 months ago

Wow! When I got up this morning there was $1,100 or so and look at you now! Fantastic. That speaks volumes about the kind of people you are to have these kind of people in your lives. Keep up the good work!

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