Jim's LVAD and Heart Transplant

$2,805 of $20k goal

Raised by 49 people in 1 month
Jennifer Gregory Midock  AKRON, OH

     I was first diagnosed  with Heart Failure and Atrial Fibrillation eighteen years ago.  I was told it was only going to get worse over time and that there was no cure.  Now, I find myself reliant on a mechanical heart pump and high on the Heart Transplant list.

     Over the years,  I required multiple hospitalizations, proceedures and surgeries.  I went into Cardiac Arrest twice.  Surgeon's implanted a Pacemaker/Defibrillator and performed Cardiac Ablation in attempt to slow the abnormal rythms.  Ultimately, my heart continued to deteriorate.

     A few months ago I underwent two surgeries, one to implant a mechanical heart pump known as an LVAD or Left Ventricular Assist Device. The pump attaches to hoses connected to valves in the left side of my heart.  A power cord protrudes from my abdomen, attached to it are two large batteries and a controller device.  At night I plug the power cord into a wall outlet.

    The second surgery,  just a few hours later, was to save my life again. This time to stop uncontrolled bleeding.  I was given 8 pints of blood.  Doctor's added another 10 pints because of additional complications.  I was hospitalized for two months.

    I am currently on the Heart Transplant list with one hospital in Ohio and I'm being listed at an affiliate hospital in Florida.  Additionally, multiple trips to Florida and lengthy stays will be necessary.  The bills have been piling up, the most recent was nearly one million dollars.  A transplant will cost at least that much.  I need help with current and upcoming medical costs that my wife and I cannot cover on our own.

    I know there are so many people whose struggles are much greater than mine. This is why it pains me greatly to ask for any financial assistance.

With deepest gratitude,

Jim Midock

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Update 7
Posted by Jennifer Gregory Midock
2 days ago
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IT'S OFFICIAL. We just got word everything was approved and Jim is listed as 1b status at the Cleveland Clinic Florida. They will be reviewing the list and let us know when to head down to stay so he can move up to 1a status. Please keep Jim in your prayers.
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Update 6
Posted by Jennifer Gregory Midock
5 days ago
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Our week at the Clinic in Florida went well. The tests seemed to go well and the staff was great. We will find out Tuesday if we are officially approved to be listed in Florida. If so, we will be listed as a 1B, which is the second highest priority. We then get a 30 day chance to be listed 1A. During that 30 day window we will be required to live close to the clinic. If we are lucky, he will have his surgery during that time and then we have another 3 months or so for follow up in Florida. We will be responsible for all our living expenses there while also keeping our home in Akron. If he does not get his transplant during the 30 days, we will come back home and wait for the call. When the call comes in we will take a private med flight to get to Weston as soon as possible. This is another large cost that we are responsible for.

We also met with the financial coordinator and social worker. The cost of the anti-rejection meds are estimated to be 5000-10000 out of pocket a month, depending on what our insurance will cover.

So this is why we are asking for help. The costs associated with the transplant are what people have problems with. We are lucky we can find a way to
somehow do this. Others are not so lucky. How can you put a price on life?

Thank you to everyone who has helped and/or have kept Jim in your prayers. Please continue to pray for him. We know this is all in God's hands.

Don't forget to join us at the Hearts to Heart Comedy Fundraiser on May 2nd at the Funny Stop Comedy Club in Cuyahoga Falls.

Please share this with your friends and coworkers to get the word out. Any little bit will help. If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with me.

Thank you!!
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Update 5
Posted by Jennifer Gregory Midock
9 days ago
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Half way through our appointments for the week. Things are going well. We should get notified next week if we will officially be listed here. We will need to move down here soon for at 30 days while I am placed at a 1A status. If I get a heart during that time then we will continue to live down here for several more months.
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Update 4
Posted by Jennifer Gregory Midock
18 days ago
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Update on Jim: He had his last appointment at the clinic in Cleveland for a while. One week from today (4/17/17) we start the evaluation process in Florida. This will be our first flight since Jim has had his LVAD implanted so hopefully the airport won't be a fiasco. We have 4-5 days full of more tests, procedures and meetings. Once he is approved there, we will figure out how to live in Florida while maintaining our home here in Akron. I am sure next week we will be overwhelmed with information on the logistics of it all. I can't wait to see where this journey takes us and for Jim to get a new heart and to start his next chapter in life.

As always, we couldn't do any of this without the help and support of our friends and family.

Don't forget May 2nd, Hearts to Heart fundraiser for Jim at the Funny Stop in Cuyahoga Falls. You can find all the details on the Funny Stop page and facebook. Feel free to contact me if you need any more information. Hope to see everyone.
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$2,805 of $20k goal

Raised by 49 people in 1 month
Created March 7, 2017
Jennifer Gregory Midock  
CS
$50
Christie Sears
22 hours ago
$30
Kathleen Goldfarb
2 days ago

Godspeed Jim... ❤️

$50
Brian Gregory
2 days ago

Praying for you both!

$50
Jeffrey Shaffstall
3 days ago
KH
$20
Kevin Harig
4 days ago

Hang in there Jim!

DG
$50
Donna Gress
4 days ago

Jim, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It's in God's hands now. You've done the hard work. God Bless you.

TR
$100
Todd Rains
5 days ago

Praying for you!

JH
$60
John Harrow
9 days ago

I'm pulling for you, Jim!

GR
$50
Greg Riley
24 days ago
$50
Jeffrey Shaffstall
25 days ago
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