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Transplant Type: Heart
Jeff Curnow has a new lease on life. In 2018, he suffered a massive heart attack while at work. At the time, Jeff and his wife, Barbara, were planning to move from Illinois to North Carolina. Jeff’s health changed those plans. After his heart attack, his symptoms didn’t improve, and several blood clots and an aneurism sent him to the ER. At that point, the cardiology team at his local hospital decided the best option was to airlift him to the University of Wisconsin Medical Center. There, he was diagnosed with advanced heart failure. Doctors said a heart transplant was critical to his survival. While waiting for a transplant, Jeff suffered a stroke and had to heal before being able to undergo surgery. Thankfully, Jeff received a heart transplant on June 7, 2019!
During this difficult time, Jeff is grateful for the love and support of Barbara and their family and friends. His parents left North Carolina to be by his side during his ordeal, and have been with him in Wisconsin since May. The prayers, encouragement, and kind words given by so many have sustained Jeff and his family over the past months.
Unfortunately, Jeff has suffered many complications during his recovery including kidney failure, pneumonia, and sepsis. Jeff still deals with aphasia, which makes it very difficult to communicate and is very frustrating for him. In addition to recovering from the transplant, he still suffers from the effects of the stroke, and will need continuing Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Therapy. Jeff wants nothing more than to make a full recovery so he can feel like himself again and return home. He and his family are grateful to his donor and donor’s family for giving him a second chance at life.
The average heart transplant costs more than $1 million, and that’s only the beginning. Even with insurance, which will cover a portion of the transplant costs, he still faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very expensive, and they’re as critical to his survival as the transplant itself.
Jeff and Barbara have temporarily relocated to the Madison, Wisconsin area to be near the hospital, and will incur substantial expenses for travel, food, and lodging. Barbara will be the primary caregiver for Jeff, so neither will be employed for quite some time, further adding to their financial burdens.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Jeff. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Wisconsin Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 850, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write "in honor of Jeff Curnow” on the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Patient Health Institute: University of Wisconsin Hospital
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