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Grand Rapids woman denied heart transplant due to lack of money

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –A Grand Rapids woman needs a new heart, but the 60-year-old mother was rejected as a transplant…

A Grand Rapids woman needs a new heart, but the 60-year-old mother was rejected as a transplant candidate because she had no money to pay for follow-up care. The rejection letter from Spectrum Health Richard DeVo’s Heart and Lung Transplant Center instructed the sad woman to start a “collection effort”, and then apply for a heart transplant.

Hedda Martin wrote the rejection letter she received from Grand Rapids Clinic to Facebook and it has since been virus.

“The decision of the committee is that you are not a candidate at this time of cardiac transplant because you need a safer financial plan for immunosuppressive medication. Collection effort of $ 10,000,” the letter dated 20 November.

Martin’s son started a GoFundMe campaign Sunday, which increased almost $ 28,000 from Monday afternoon.

The hospital system declined an interview with Newschannel 3, but sent a written statement.

Spectrum Health acknowledged in the statement that a candidate’s ability to pay is a factor in transplant decisions.

“While we do not comment on specific patient situations to protect their privacy, Spectrum Health cares deeply about every patient entering their doors, giving each of them the highest possible care quality,” Spectrum said in the statement. “While our primary focus is on the patient’s medical needs, the fact that transplants require lifelong care and immunosuppression drugs, and so the costs are sometimes a regrettable and unavoidable factor in the decision-making process.”

Martin developed congestive heart failure due to complication from chemotherapy

The $ 10,000 required is to cover a 20 percent copay for two years of anti-repellent drugs.

“The transplant team does not want to” wipe away “a vital body if she can not afford heart-wounding drugs. “Martins GoFundMe page says.” But they are not even willing to put her on the list and know that it would still give her time to collect money over a year or so through the family. “

Martin and her son did not respond to interview requests Monday. [19659005] In a Facebook mail Monday morning, Martin wrote that she requested her case to be taken to Spectrum’s transplant board again Tuesday, now she has been raised more than the $ 10,000 required to pay for post-transplant care.

Spectrum Health’s Complete Statement of Patient Searching Transplant:

“While we do not comment on specific patient situations to protect their privacy, Spectrum Health cares for every patient who enters their doors and gives each one of them the highest possible care quality. Although it is always disturbing when we can not provide a transplant, we have an obligation to ensure that transplants are successful and that donor organs will remain profitable. We review the review candidates for cardiovascular and pulmonary transplant procedures with care and compassion, and it is often very complex, difficult decisions. While our primary focus is on the patient’s medical needs, the fact is that transplants require lifelong care and immunosuppressive drugs, and therefore costs are sometimes a regrettable and unavoidable factor in the decision-making process. We collaborate with our patients throughout the care and work closely with them to identify opportunities for financial support. Our clinical team has a continuous dialogue with patients about their eligibility, holding frequent personal meetings and informing the patients personally to ensure that they fully understand their specific situation. “

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