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We're thrilled to report that Joey received his transplant on December 12, 2015!
One morning in 2006, he awoke experiencing congestion and heaviness in his chest. Assuming he had the flu or a cold, he waited a couple days before visiting his doctor after he was able to find relief with a hot shower and rest. At the doctor’s office, Joey’s blood work revealed a white blood cell count that was off the charts, so he was encouraged to go to the hospital, as meningitis was going around a local university at the same time.
Soon after, an EKG had shocking results—Joey was suffering a massive heart attack. He was rushed to surgery, where doctors discovered 100% blockage of the artery often called the widow maker. Fortunately, they were able to place a stent, and a defibrillator was implanted later that year. In 2011, tests showed his stent was occluded, and open heart surgery wasn’t an option because of the scar tissue left behind from his previous surgery. Doctors said there was nothing they can do.
Thankfully, Joey refused to give up. A left ventricular assist device (LVAD), was implanted in 2013, which literally acted as a mechanical heart to keep his heart functioning. While he remained hopeful for a heart transplant, he couldn't help but worry about his health and the future. More than anything, he simply wants to be healthy enough to spend more time with his loved ones and once again enjoy time outdoors. But right now, he needs your help.
The costs associated with an LVAD are very expensive. Joey is currently listed on a heart transplant list at Ochsner's Medical Center in New Orleans, LA. The cost associated with a heart transplant are even more expensive, and the anti-rejection medication that he will be required to take on a daily basis can average $5,000.00 per month. Even with health insurance, he still faces significant medical expenses for medication, doctors’ visits, follow-up care and evaluations. Joey relocated to Metairie, LA in 2015, so he could be closer to the hospital and save substantial expenses for travel, food and lodging each time he traveled for treatment and care.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Joey. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Louisiana Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write "in honor of Joey Leger" on the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Patient Health Institute: *[Ochsner Health Care|http://www.ochsner.org/]*