Have a heart and share your parts
Organized by: Tanya Maguire
Erica is a 29 year old mother, wife, sister, daughter, and friend to many. She has spent most of her adult life in and out of hospital settings fighting for her life. In 2007 at the age of 22 she was diagnosed with stage III Hodgkin's Lymphoma. After an aggressive combination of chemotherapy drugs were administered over six months she was in remission. She was told that between the chemotherapy and the PCOS she had since she was a teenager, that she would likely never be able to conceive. Her and her husband David were thrilled and shocked to find that they were expecting in 2011. The first half of her pregnancy was pretty textbook until August at her 20 week anatomy scan when they realized their son was trying to come early . Erica was rushed to a Boston hospital where they told her she needed an emergency cerclage but that her water was about to break and the there was only a 25% chance their son would survive the surgery but not doing the surgery left a 100% chance of loss of life for their son. After a successful emergency cerclage was placed she spent the next 14 weeks on bed rest until she delivered a beautiful baby boy on December 4, 2011. Despite being premature and weighing only 4 lbs, he was perfectly healthy. They were released five days later and went home as a family. Two days after being home Erica began experiencing shortness of breath and palpatations. She went to the emergency room where she was diagnosed with chemotherapy induced, post-partum cardiomyopathy and her heart was only working at 20%. Basically the chemotherapy used to treat her Hodgkins had attacked the Cancer cells AND her heart and her physically stressful pregnancy and delivery put her into heart failure. She continuted for the next 18 months on a strict medicine regimen that kept her stable but her health began to decline in June of 2013 and an ICD was placed. Six months later on December 1st, Erica was put into a medically induced coma while her entire body went septic and she began experiencing multiple organ failure and her Heart function had dropped below 10%. Shortly after she was given an LVAD in January of 2014 which helped pump her blood through her heart and helped to maintain a better quality of life until she could receive a transplant. It is now 20 months later and she has yet to receive a heart. She is currently going through treatments to rid her body of antibodies that are making a match difficult. She is a status 1A at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Erica's husband David is a hardworking carpenter and also Erica's primary caretaker. He deserves to have his wife back and their son Ryder needs his mom. If you cannot contribute monetarily then I urge you to become an organ donor, Erica's life depends on it. Thank you.