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Transplant Type: Double Lung
Update: Amy received a double-lung transplant on May 31, 2018!
Amy Sutten-Schattenkerk is fighting for her life. In 2014, she was diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension and congestive heart failure, secondary to PAH. Doctors say a double lung transplant is critical to her survival.
This has been a difficult time for Amy and her family. She and her husband, Ron, are the custodial parents of Ron’s 16 year old son, and part-time parents of his 13 year old son, both of whom are very close to Amy. Together, they are also caregivers for her elderly parents. In addition, Amy has a 27 year old daughter who is deeply concerned as well.
Amy has had many interests including farming, rock hounding, hiking, wildlife rehabilitation and wild flower photography but due to her illness, her activities are now very limited. She looks forward to returning to her family farm after the transplant, being with family and friends, and resuming some of the activities she loves. Mostly, she is hoping to one day be a grandmother.
Unfortunately, Amy’s hope for a new life comes at a very high price. The average double lung transplant costs more than $1 million. And that’s only the beginning. Even with insurance, which will cover the cost of the transplant, she still faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of her life, she will need follow-up care and anti-rejection medications, which are as critical to her survival.
When she receives her transplant, Amy and her family must temporarily relocate 350 miles from her home to be near the hospital for at least three months during the recovery process. Additionally, the hospital is requiring her to stay in the area for up to a year for follow-up care incurring substantial expenses for travel, food and lodging. Because of her declining health, Amy had to leave her career of 28 years as a caregiver, program manager, and case manager in the private and public sector adding to the financial strain.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Amy. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Oregon Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write "in honor of Amy Sutten-Schattenkerk”on the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Patient Health Institute: University of Washington Medical Center
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