I Need a Heart Transplant
MY NAME IS LAQUISHA MATHIS AND I AM 35 WITH FIVE KIDS. I HAVE HAD HEART PROBLEMS THROUGHOUT MY ENTIRE
LIFE AND THESE PROBLEMS HAVE BECOME PROGRESSIVELY WORSE IN THE PAST TWO YEARS. AND DOCTORS ARE ONLY GIVING ME SIX MONTHS TO LIVE.
I DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO PAY FOR THE COSTLY HEART TRANSPLANT THAT I NEED. I HAVE APPLIED FOR SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE BUT HAVE BEEN TURNED DOWN MANY TIMES. WHILE I AM CURRENTLY ON MEDICAID, IT WILL NOT COVER THE COSTLY SURGERY. I NEED MEDICARE THAT I HAVE BEEN TOLD WILL COVER THE OPERATION. I'M STUCK. I AM SO WEAK AND I NEED A TOUCH FROM GOD TO HEAL ME. I WANT TO SEE MY KIDS GROW UP AND HAVE THEIR OWN KIDS. I AM UNABLE TO SLEEP ANSD AM ALWAYS TIRED AND WEAK AL DAY LONG. I WANT TO LIVE AND IT'S A STRUGGLE EVERYDAY. I THANK GOD I HAVE MADE IT THIS FAR. WILL YOU CONSIDER HELPING ME FUND MY SURGERY? AND WILL YOU PRAY FOR ME? THANKS
HERE'S A LINK TO THE LOCAL NEWS WHERE THEY DID A STORY ON ME ON MARCH 11, 2015. IT GIVES MORE SPECIFICS ON MY CONDITION. AGAIN THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP.
BELOW IS MY STORY'S NEWS ARTICLE FROM WJXT.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
A 35-year-old woman has been given six months to live and her only hope is receiving a heart transplant.
A local mother of five was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure. She said under her current health care policy she's unable to receive the transplant that can save her life. Her family is now making a plea to the public for help.
News4Jax spoke to the mother and her sister Wednesday and they said time is running out.
Laquisha Mathis has been keeping the secret from her five children for the last few weeks. Her heart is weakening from using the pump and doctors said she has less than a year to live.
"They just know mommy is sick and I don't know how to tell them because they're young," Mathis said. "In the last two years, it has done a whole 360 (turn). I can't even walk a long way. I can't stand up a long time. I can barely clean up, do grocery shopping, wash clothes, even hold my 1-year-old, because I'm always tired and always weak."
That weakness stems from a condition Mathis has had all her life. Cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure is a condition that has kept her in and out of surgery -- racking in multiple medications. She said she's able to pay for those medications while on Medicaid, but Medicaid will not cover the $1,000,000 heart transplant, which is necessary to save her life.
Her doctor, Sumant Lamba, said only Medicare will pay for the transplant. But first, she must qualify for disability, which could take two years.
"We have healthy people in our society on disability milking the system, but people who actually need it don't get it, so I wrote a strongly-worded letter saying (that) without her medication she would have been dead and her heart has given up and if she doesn't get a heart transplant she'll die," Lamba said.
Mathis said she applied for disability in 2012 but was denied. She has since reapplied and her wait continues.
"That's my sister, that's all I got and I want her here with me for as long as I can have her with me," said Moteisha Mathis, Laquisha Mathis' sister. "It's a day-to-day struggle. We have to save face and act like everything is normal, but we can't sleep at night. Our whole life is stopped literally because that's a death sentence,"
"If anybody knows any kind of resource that can help me with my case, so that I can have my procedure done. so that I can be here and watch my kids get grown and watch them have kids, I will be extremely thankful for every little thing," Laquisha Mathis said.
Her doctor told News4Jax, she needs $500,000 for the transplant and another $500,000 for post-surgery checkups.
Did she ever receive disability or medicare like she needed? This story came up in my memories and I was wondering what ended up happening? I hope and pray that it has a happy ending for this mother and these 5 beautiful babies!!
I love you so much words are not allowed in the dictionary we been arounf each other Since we were kids my mind heart and fingers are networking ma love u lots sister
God Bless you Ms. Mathis, Your story brought me to tears!!! Recently unemployed with 6 babies myself I am unable to help financially! But I am praying for you and your family and I will continue to pray and share your story so that others may be able to assist you!!! God Bless
This young mother needs our help please father in heaven be with her as I know you always are. My simple prayer is that enough money is raised so she can have a successful surgery and be around to watch her children grow Amen.
I am adding you to my prayers daily! I had to get a lawyer for my mother to get her disability approve. He is in Orlando but maybe he can help. 4078961230. Mr. Alder. He is a disability lawyer. Blessings and love to your family. I will contiune to check on your status thru Facebook. I wish I could be of more help to you. You or your family can message me thru Facebook.
Lord I'm praying for you. God please send overflow and outpouring if donations. In Jesus Name....
PLEASE check out this link and call them, if you have not already: http://ufhealthjax.org/patient-care/financial-assistance.aspx They very well may be able to assist you with getting coverage. I work for the organization, and see plenty of people with Medicaid and some sort of assistance from Shands, whether it be financial hardship, or medically needy, etc. There are programs out there!
Hi Laquisha, I want to make a suggestion but cannot find how to message you privately. Please send me a message on facebook. If it tells you that it will go to my "other" box, I'll check it this week to find if you write me. I am praying for you.
I fervently wish I had money to send, but all I can do is spread your story and pray. I just lost my mother unexpectedly on February 2. I cry every day. It's a devastating ordeal to go through. I couldn't imagine losing her at any of your childrens ages. Don't give up. Love your munchkins as long and often as you can for however long you may have left, be it months or years by the grace of God. I don't know you, but know I send my love for you and yours.