GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A woman who needs a heart transplant has increased more than $ 13,000 in two days after her rejection letter from the Heart and Lung Transplant team went on viral Twitter.
According to a GoFundMe page created by his son Alex, 60-year-old Hedda Martin suffers from congestive heart failure after chemotherapy to fight breast cancer, her heart was hit heavily in 2005 The post says her health took a drastically turn two months ago and her need for a new heart is now critical.
Martin’s story became national attention after a November 20 letter sent to her by the Spectrum Health transplant team was published on social media. The letter stated that Martin was not a candidate for a new heart until she could provide a safe plan to pay for transplant rejection medication. The commission recommended that she launch a $ 10,000 campaign.
Martin’s story received response from thousands of posters around the world after the congressional Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) wrote the letter on his Twitter account.
A friend of Hedda Martin says to FOX 17 that she has been too weak to talk to reporters after having gone through a procedure on Saturday. However, she reported that Martin was overwhelmed by the support and donations, and also said that a person donated $ 5,000 to her effort.
Martin’s friend also says that Martin has great respect for his medical team and is filled with gratitude to his dedicated nurses. She says she hopes she will qualify for a place on the transplant list. The friend added: “She wants to live.”
In a statement released on their website, Spectrum Health says that they do not comment on specific cases to protect their privacy. They addressed the decision-making process when they approved patients for organ transplants:
“Although it is always disturbing when we can not provide a transplant, we are obliged to ensure that transplants are successful and that donor bodies will remain viable. heart and lung transplant procedures with care and compassion, and it is often very complex, difficult decision. “
The GoFundMe page says that some collected funds cover the average salary required for two years of anti-rejection medication and the money taken will hopefully get Martin on the transplant list. Her side has set a target of $ 20,000. According to the website, Martin will be able to go back before the transplant team on March 29, 2019.