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We're thrilled to report that Stephanie received a heart and liver transplant on July 7, 2012, and a kidney transplant on July 8, 2012!
When Stephanie was just 7 weeks old, an X-ray showed that her heart was significantly enlarged, and she was diagnosed with tricuspid atresia with a ventricular septum defect. The following week, she underwent the first of five heart surgeries she would experience throughout her life. Over the years, her health has worsened, and her illness has even caused her to develop cirrhosis of the liver. Doctors said both a heart and liver transplant were critical to her survival. After her first transplant surgery, doctors felt it would best to also transplant her kidney.
Despite these challenges, Stephanie remains positive by relying on her faith and strong support system of family and friends. Before her health drastically declined, she loved running, cycling and taking her young children to the park. Before receiving her transplants, she relied on an oxygen tank 24 hours a day and had very little energy. She looks forward to resuming the activities we so often take for granted, such as cooking for her family, going to church regularly and driving. More than anything, she wants to spend many more years with her husband, Joel, watching their beautiful children grow up. But she needs your help.
Her transplants cost more than $1 million. And that's only the beginning. Even though her health insurance will cover the cost of the transplants, she faces significant expenses related to the procedures. For the rest of her life, Stephanie will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications can be very costly, and they are as critical to her survival as the transplant itself.
Stephanie and Joel have temporarily relocated 150 miles from their home and must stay near the hospital for at least two months during recovery, incurring substantial expenses for travel, food and lodging. This is a difficult time for Stephanie, as she will be away from her children until she is released from the hospital. Although she enjoyed her job as a hair stylist, her declining health prevents her from working, adding to the financial strain.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Stephanie. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT South Carolina Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write "in honor of Stephanie Lindstrom" on the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Patient Health Institute: *[Emory Transplant Center |http://www.transplant.emory.edu/]*