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Hedda's Heart Transplant

$41,247 of $80,000 goal

Raised by 541 people in 8 months
Created November 24, 2018
34809994_1543091478798348_r.jpegUPDATED: June 24, 2019. This is  Hedda.  She needs a new heart.  Hedda has end stage Congestive Heart Failure induced by a 2005 chemotherapy regime for aggressive breast cancer. The chemo damaged her heart beyond repair causing Doxorubicin Cardiomyopathy. Her heart is too weak to pump enough blood. After many different heart treatments, in mid-2016, Hedda's life changed for the worse when she was unable to work anymore and became dependent on Social Security Disability Income, which pays a meager $1367 per month. After many medications and treatments, it was decided that Hedda’s ♥️ could no longer manage on its own.   After being required to fund raise $10,000 for a heart transplant listing, with your help had a not only MET but exceeded that initial goal.   On December 3rd, a mechanical/electrical LVAD - Left Ventricular Assist Device was implanted as a bridge-to-transplant.  The success of that goal was because of all of you.  Hedda is a young, 61, and has at least 30 more years of life in her...if she can get a gifted ♥️.  She was an active dog walker and pet sitter locally, and misses her business, Urban Tails. 

Hedda's heart deteriorated to a life threatening condition back in September 25, 2018.  On November 16, 2018  she was admitted to the hospital and given the $10,000 fundraising goal before she could be listed for a ♥️.  This money will be set aside and it’s a guarantee of being able to afford anti-rejection meds for a couple years. As you know we exceeded our goal.  On December 3, 2018 Hedda had open heart surgery and was implanted with the LVAD (left ventricular assist device).  This will help had us part palm while she waits for a gifted heart.   The increased funding goal will help Hedda medically  thru post LVAD implantation and the pre-and post heart transplant.  Even with Medicare, there are many out-of-pocket costs. We, Hedda's Care Team - Alexander, Sarah,and Darcy, are asking for anything you may be able to afford. We need to keep Hedda on the heart transplant list. The current out of pocket costs are hundreds of $$ while awaiting her gift of a new heart. Please help if you can. Your donation is a life-saving donation.

Hedda was discharged home on December 18, however she has had to return several times to the Emergency Department for re-admission and observation due to VAD low-flow alarms. Much of which are due to finding the right LVAD adjustments and proper hydration.  

Hedda attendance cardio rehab classes twice a week to strengthen her muscles and increase stamina.   The stronger it had a will be going into heart transplant surgery, the quicker she will recover.

When a ♥️ becomes available, Hedda will be ready and will persist. 

Love to you all. 

Hedda.Britt@gmail.com


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Day 3 home from the hospital. Thursday and Friday were very hectic with days starting at 6:30am, lab runs, home nurse visits, home transplant team coordinator, working on getting some home care assistance. Today was a smoother morning and some relaxation. I finally looked at the mail today. The bills made it to the house before I was even discharged. OH MY GOD! Single payer system, Medicare for All, whatever it's called...we must vote for it now. Here I am relaxing and paying bills.
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I’m home! I have my new ♥️! I’m resting and working on gaining strength, stamina. Love you all. I’ll keep posting updates.
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Great news! My Heart biopsy from Thursday 8/8 came back and it shows no heart rejection. My next heart biopsy is Tuesday 8/13. If that one comes back really good I get to go home.
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Great news. The blood clot found in my neck is very small and is not unusual considering how many pick line IVs I had going at one time. The fluid is still having a hard time leaving my body. Makes my abdomen very extended and hard to breathe. But that is not a life threatening issue. My first biopsy for rejection is tomorrow morning. I could be going home As early as the middle of next week, the 13th or 14th. I am doing great with my walking and physical therapy. My upper body strength is very weak. The color in my face and my arms and legs is fantastic. My team has been working with me day in and day out to get me going again. They say I’m about a week ahead of plan. Now comes the expensive part, getting out of here and paying for those drugs every month. That is why this fundraiser had started. It is what allowed me to get this new heart. And I will continue this fundraiser as long as I need to pay for medications. At this point I have enough stock to wait for five more years. My new heart and I have a lot work to accomplish in the next five years to make some changes. Just in case you are interested last months AARP magazine online the date was July 17, I believe had an article about crowd fundraising and whether it is a good idea. The article begin with three paragraphs about my case. In my opinion it was an extremely poorly written article. They were half thoughts put in it. And AARP stated nothing about what they are doing with our yearly funds to advocate and change things. They are the next people who will hear from me and I expect that article re-written properly. AARP has become more of a social discount club not an advocacy and that must stop. off my soapbox for now. I love you all. And just remember how little how much you gave does not matter in anyway what matters is that you and your dollars were part of why I am alive today. Nothing could ever change my mind about that . And I’m gonna say it now, when I feel good and you ever get to Grand Rapids Michigan let’s have coffee and hugs.
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Raised by 541 people in 8 months
Created November 24, 2018
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