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Hedda's Heart Transplant

$40,147 of $60,000 goal

Raised by 518 people in 7 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 Federal Social Security Disability.  After many medications and treatments, her doctors referred her for the LVAD - Left Ventricular Assist Device as a bridge while awaiting a new heart. Hedda is a young, 61, and has at least 20 more years of life in her...if she can get a new heart. She was an active dog walker and pet sitter locally, and misses her business of 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 heart center and started on a continuous Milrinone IV. This is only a very short term- life saving drug.  On December 3, 2018 Hedda had open heart surgery and was implanted with an LVAD (left ventricular assist device) as a bridge to transplant. It is a temporary fix until she gets a new heart. The funding asked for 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 thousands of dollars per year while awaiting her gift of a new heart. Please help if you can. Please give your gift of a financial 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.  

All goals are met. Hedda needs to build some strength and boost her diet. When a heart becomes available, Hedda will be ready and will persist. 

Love to you all. 

Hedda.Britt@gmail.com
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Great news. As of this morning, I have been medically cleared and fully activated on the heart transplant list. I could get my call and minute, any hour, and day...logically everyone usually has to wait a bit, be it months or even years. Realistically, it could be anytime that a perfect match is made. I am humbled by this waiting experience. I feel ready. I feel strong. I am grateful to all of you. This would not be happening today had it not been for your generosity and kindness. Your encouragement. Your voices. Your love. I am still faced with the reality of insurance not covering all of my medical expenses. Depending on how long the wait for a gifted heat, this could become very expensive. That is why, at the advice of a financial guru (friend), I have increased my goal. This will keep my campaign activated. It will allow people to donate over time. It will allow me to keep each of you updated on my progress and my future. I love you all. Hang in there with me.
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40 years ago my 21st Birthday.
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What a wonderful 61st Birthday. My sons sense of humor mixed with reality came thru.
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Warm and sunny windy day. Feels fantastic. Wonderful to be alive.
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