Ed's Heart Rebuild Project
Organized by: Theresa Webb
Ed and Theresa have been married for nearly 16 years. They both came to the marriage with daughters, so they have raised 3 wonderful girls that are now beautiful young women. They’re even blessed with 2 loving grandsons.
Ed is 56 years old and has had a heart problem since he was a teenager. For most of this time, he’s done well with drug treatments. A little over two years ago, he was diagnosed as having a leaky valve and A-fib, but it was stable enough that they were able to use cardio-version to put his heart back into sinus rhythm.
The photo here is more than 2 years old, he’s lost around 40 lbs since then.
Over the past few months, he has drastically become worse, and after spending a week in the hospital, doctors determined that his mitral-valve is severely leaking and needs replacement as soon as possible. His heart function has gone from over 50% to “maybe 40%” and can do nothing but get worse. He needs to have open-heart surgery to replace the valve. Following that, he will need to spend several weeks recovering, some of it in the hospital, perhaps some in a rehab care facility.
However, after going through a pre-surgery consultation, the surgeon determined that Ed needed a thorough dental cleaning and had to be cleared by a dentist as having no dental issues or infections. He couldn’t find a dentist that took his Medicare plan, but found one that would do an initial exam for a reduced fee. Unfortunately, the news was not good.
They determined that he needs a minimum of more than $4,400 in dental work including extensive cleanings, root canals, extractions, etc. Between the cost of the dental work and the hospital co-pays for his time already spent and to come, he and his wife are finding it overwhelming financially--and emotionally--to say the least.
He has been on disability for 14 years, and she works for a small salary...just enough to be disqualified for any state help, but too little to have any money for extras, including unplanned bills.
Due to medical bills for both of them (she was uninsured until the ACA came along), they filed bankruptcy 2 years ago. They have not been able to find a free or reduced-fee dental clinic that could take him within the next 2 months. They have not been able to find a local dentist that will take his little bit of dental insurance that only covers the minimal but no extensive work.
It’s feared that if he has to wait too long to get the dental work done, his heart will fail...permanently. In fact, as of this writing, he has been admitted to the hospital again for complications from the faulty valve.
In desperation, they have started this fundraiser to pay for the needed procedures.
Theresa says, “Over the years, we’ve always tried to find a way to give a little here and there when asked to contribute to others’ medical needs, but we never ‘hoped’ to get it back in kind. That’s one thing you never want to have paid back, trust me.”