Larry's Medical Fund

$4,390 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 60 people in 42 months
Stacy Biglin
on behalf of Jacqueline Smith
 SHELBY, OH

Larry was always a healthy person. At age 10, he was in the hospital for rheumatic fever. The next time would be at age 54 with a diagnosis of Dilated Cardiomyophy. This date will be etched in our memories forever March 8, 2007, when they told us he would need a heart transplant. Larry has an ejection faction of between 5% - 10%. A normal person is 55 - 70. Anything under 55 is considered heart failure. Most people cannot function on what Larry's is. He returned to work at the Tubey - 7 days week until his body and heart and no reserve left. He retired December 31, 2014.

He went to the doctor because he could not breath right - very short of breath. He spent 6 days in MedCentral and went from 168 pounds to 138 but he felt better and could breath once more! August 8, 2007 he received his Pacemaker/Defibrillator (2 leads into the heart0. September 8, 2011 he got an upgrade to a CRT-D Cardiac Rehabilitation Device Pacemaker/Debibralator (3 leads into the heart).

December 21 he got a good check up at the Cleveland Clinic. Told us they wanted to see us in 6 months! The next few days, he started to feel bloated and short of breath.. Dec. 25 at 12:57 PM, his device kicked in and shocked him. We went to the Emergency Department at OhioHealth MedCentral/Mansfield. at 2:03 PM, it shocked him again. The ER doctor and the cardiologist on call contacted the Cleveland Clinic and life flighted him to their facility.

He was in very bad shape. His organs were beginning to shut down. They tried to stabilize him with medicine and that did not work so they put a balloon into his groin to help pump the heart and rest it. The heart had gone into cardiac shock. He did not have a heart attack.

December 29th, the transplant team put Larry on the list as a top candidate for a heart. He continued to decline and they were afraid a heart would not become available before the balloon stopped working for him so they decided to do surgery.

December 30, 2015 Larry received a Heartware LVAD. (Left ventricle assistance device). This LVAD he received is a bridge to a transplant. He has this device implanted in his chest. It is attached to the bottom left side of his heart with a tube running from it to the top of right side. The propeller/motor rotates at 2460 rpm. He has a drive line going from the propeller out his stomach to a little computer and two batteries that is his constant companion. It weights eight pounds. He can plug it into the house power or the car battery. When he leaves the house, even to go to the back yard, he has another computer and two batteries as back up to take with him. When he gets a new heart this LVAD and the CRT-D will both be removed.

January 31, 2016, he had a stroke. The Lord was with us and it was a minor one. He has spent another week in the hospital having his medicines tweeted. We have been told this is normal and to expect it again.

We have been told that the LVAD and follow-up for it is as expensive as the heart transplant and follow up with be.

We pray that someone will give us the gift of their loved ones heart so that Larry can continue to live life to the fullest. He wants to dance again. He looks forward to acting on stage again. The sand on a beach with the waves hitting his body would make him happy. He would cherish this gift with love his entire life.

The funds will be used to cover out of pocket medical expenses that as of right now expect to be over $10,000. Thank you for all and any support that is provided.
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Larry and Jackie have insurance with InHealth and they are being shut down by the state of Ohio. The liquidation will only cover $500,000 and they are up to $750,000+. They have to change companies immediately so all the deductibles and out of pocket expenses will have to be met again. They don't have any idea yet what the monthly premiums will run. Jackie has taken a leave from her job. She doesn't want Larry to know about the insurance. All she asks of you is to pray he gets his heart soon. Thank you! ❤️❤️❤️
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Larry is back at the Cleveland Clinic and will now live there until he receives the gift of a heart. He is in good spirits and is healthy. A few issues with the Lvad and TIAs have caused his team of doctors and other healthcare team to decide this was the best thing to do to keep him safe. Please pray for the team and Larry.
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Larry was taken to the Cleveland Clinic on May 3, 2016 by ambulance. He was extremely dehydrated. Home now and doing better. The fund raiser our parish family had was wonderful. We want to thank everyone for their support.
Larry and buddies, SHS Class of 1970
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Larry Smith, had a good night. Yesterday the Cleveland Clinic changed his pacemaker/defibrillator. The did not put him asleep just numbed him. He has an ugly bruise and we are both tired. He will be attending the fundraiser on Sunday and is looking forward to visiting with all of you! Thank you for your continued prayers and support! We love you all!
Larry is ready for Sunday!
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Remember to just follow the Yellow Brick Road, Smitty...

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Raised by 60 people in 42 months
Created February 9, 2016
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RB
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Ron Baker
38 months ago
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Love you guys!

TA
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Thomas Armstrong
39 months ago
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Wishing you well Larry. Hang in there. Army

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40 months ago
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Don Sampsell
40 months ago
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41 months ago
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Johnna Gustafson
41 months ago
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Hang in there Larry!

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42 months ago
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Mark & Annie Blum
42 months ago
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our prayers for a wonderful heart with lots of love and warmth...

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Megan Finnegan
42 months ago
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42 months ago
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Remember to just follow the Yellow Brick Road, Smitty...

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