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Hello my name is Patience Winfrey. I am 31 years old. I was born and raised in Memphis, TN but I currently reside in New Orleans, LA. In November of 2012 after giving birth to my first child, I was diagnosed with Peripartum Cardiomyopathy in addition to congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, and the list goes on. Eventually my heart seemed to recover and I was able to have another child in 2014. Sadly, in 2017 after the loss of my oldest due to an accident, I suffered from depression and the stress of everything took a toll on my body and heart to the point my ejection fraction of my heart dropped and never fully recovered. In 2020 I was told to get a S-ICD defibrillator placed in case of an emergency.  In January 2022, I ended up having weight loss surgery to better my chances of getting a heart transplant. In September of 2022, I was told that since I was still suffering from symptoms of my initial diagnosis, to get a pacemaker called the optimizer smart device. For the last two years of my life, I have been surviving but not living as my heart can only take so much. The week leading up to Easter 2024, I was hospitalized for fluid buildup which resulted in a meeting with my heart transplant team. It was then decided to begin the preparation to place me on the heart transplant list. As I was getting my right heart catherization test done, it was discovered that I had more fluid build up around my heart and the pressures of my heart had decreases. I have been placed on the list as a Status 4 which means that I am on a daily medication. While I wait for the call, I am home on a dobutamine drip that’s helping my heart pump the blood that I am lacking. I am raising funds because I am unable to work as a result of my heart condition. While I am on disability because of the diagnosis, it doesn’t cover all of the expenses that I am to incur as a result of the transplant.  I am looking for help with expenses that will come about pre/post transplant. I am sincerely grateful for your words of encouragement, support and prayers!

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