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Fred Blom is a 65-year old husband, father, and grandfather who is very ill. After years of struggling with heart disease, specifically cardiomyopathy, he has been diagnosed with end stage congestive heart failure and a heart transplant is his only hope for survival. Fred is one of the nicest guys youʼd ever hope to meet and he needs our help. The cost of a transplant is overwhelming.

Fred grew up in Richfield, Minnesota and graduated from Richfield High School. He went on to Bemidji State University where he studied elementary education. After graduating, Fred was hired by Montevideo schools where he taught for 25 years. You may remember his wife Jeri who taught in the same school district where they met. He continues to work although he is completely dependent on an implanted left ventricle assist device (LVAD) which is a constant flow heart pump. This device was implanted in June, 2016 and is acting as a bridge to transplant. He now awaits transplant through the University of Minnesota Medical Center.

Updates (35)

June 13, 2018

June1 was the annual follow-up with many appointments. The LVAD continues to function well and I continue to feel as well as expected. A concern which has arisen was one lab, which indicates the possibility of a clot forming in the pump…not a good thing, had changed significantly the wrong direction. Medication adjustments were made over the weekend and I will have labs drawn on Monday. If the number decreases, labs will be drawn weekly to keep monitoring. If the number rises, a hospital stay is highly probable. My doctor told us to be prepared for a hospitalization that could last several weeks if this is necessary. This situation could change my status on the transplant list.

Jeri has been working very hard with HelpHopeLive organizing a fund raising event in downtown Montevideo on June 9th from 10 am to 4 pm. Businesses are participating with donations; a percentage of sales, cash donations, or items for a silent auction. There will be face painting, music, bake sale and many other activities. It is our hope that this will become a yearly event to support others in our community and area who may need a transplant of any organ. Please come to downtown Montevideo on Saturday, June 9, for what we hope is a fun event.

Jeri and I are humbled and deeply filled with gratitude for all of you who have supported us with your encouragement, donations, thoughts and prayers. We are blessed to have you as part of our lives. Thank You.

May 8, 2018

At the beginning of March, Jeri and I were privileged to attend an event celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first heart transplant at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. The attendees were transplant recipients, donor families, those awaiting transplant and guests. The program was a celebration of life with two heart transplant recipients from each decade of the program telling their story; including the first transplant recipient who was only 24 years of age when she received her heart. An 8-year girl told her story of receiving a transplant when she was only a few months old and now awaits a second transplant. All the people described the struggles they endured prior to transplant along with the joy after transplant. Some told of the difficulties with rejection, but expressed their gratefulness of receiving this wonderful gift of life. Jeri and I went away from this celebration with great encouragement and hope.

Guestbook

July 7, 2018

We love you Fred!

Barry Brace

July 11, 2018

Prayers continue for you and your family.

Bill/Nancy Schuller

July 11, 2018

Praying for a miracle in Jesus Name!

Mary Cole

July 12, 2018

We are hoping and praying for good health Fred!

Mark Rekow