Guys, this is my beloved cousin, Chris.
On Sunday, February 8th Chris went to the ER with severe abdominal pain. The doctors at UNMH determined that he had a blood clot that was preventing blood flow to his kidneys.
Chris did not realize it at the time, but he was experiencing Heart-Failure.
Chris’ Heart-Failure is a side-effect from his pre-existing diagnosis of Atrial Fibrillation or “A-FIB.” If not treated properly, A-FIB causes blood clots that can result in stroke, heart-attack and other dangerous outcomes.
Chris’ heart has been determined to be at a 20% ejection fraction measurement, where a “normal” heart should be between 50-70%. (This is a measurement of how much blood the left ventricle pumps out with each contraction.)
…After 10 days of being closely monitored, Chris was released on Tuesday when medication began to stabilize his condition.
We hope to get Chris’ numbers up over time. His condition is not curable but it is manageable with medications and serious lifestyle changes.
Chris needs rest. He will rely on a number of medications for a while; some of them he will be taking for the rest of his life.
Chris still has a clot near his heart that is preventing him from getting a shock-treatment that would likely improve his situation.
Chris’ existing health insurance expires in March! His doctors have advised him not to go back to work until his overall health has improved considerably.
This fund will help assist Chris with medical bills and will help support a program of healthier eating.
Chris needs all the help he can get as he is transitioning to Medicaid (and whatever else he can apply for), during this financially stressful time.