Jim's LVAD and Heart Transplant
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,
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.
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.