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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 (38)

March 19, 2019

Winter 2019 was incredible and now the “snowmelt” is happening. Both Jeri and I remained healthy this winter. Last week was my 3-month follow-up with the cardiology team; labs indicate I’m healthy in every other aspect which is very good. With an LVAD, the potential for blood clots forming is elevated. My blood thickness, measured by INR, is being monitored at least once a week or more often. This requires a trip to the local hospital lab each time. I am there so frequently that when I check in at the front desk, I can simply say, “The Usual” and they know what I mean:)

This fall, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), redefined the transplant policies for heart transplants. Having an LVAD and not needing to be hospitalized, my status has been Status 4. Because of these policy changes, I qualify for 30 days as Status 3, which is how I am currently listed. This puts me at a more urgent status. I have been on the transplant list since June 2015. The fund indicator on this web page shows a goal and the amount that has been raised. Ongoing medical costs have already been taken out of the fund so what is available today is substantially less than what has been raised. Major costs will continue through, and after, transplant. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Below are links to UNOS, which provides administrative services for the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) and the UNOS website for living donors and transplant recipients. Please visit these sites to learn more about transplants and the importance of organ/tissue donation.

UNOS unos.org
OPTN optn.transplant.hrsa.gov
UNOS website for living donors and transplant recipients
www.transplantliving.org

December 14, 2018

It has been awhile since I have updated the site. Retirement has been very good…stress levels have lessened allowing me to have more energy during the day. I am doing more of the meal cooking to let Jeri focus on her tutoring business in reading therapy. And I am closer to completing an acoustic guitar I started building almost 7 years ago, before the heart failure, with plans and wood to build 3 more.

The 3-month follow-up with the LVAD/cardiology team was last week. I am carrying more fluid than I should so medication adjustments have been made to relieve that. I will need to have more labs this week and a phone consultation with my LVAD Coordinator to monitor the weight. Daily walking continues to be an exercise priority. I seem to tire quicker than I did earlier in the fall. Hopefully, carrying less fluid and walking more will give me more endurance.

At each follow-up appointment, the Implanted Cardio Defibrillator is checked. It was noted that there have been more incidences of irregular heart rhythms. None that were bad enough to cause the ICD to give me a shock, but stronger than have been seen in the past.

I hope everyone has a Happy Holiday season, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Jeri and I are so blessed by everyone’s support, thoughts, and prayers. We are hoping that 2019 brings you great blessings. And maybe this will be the year of a new heart. Thank you.

Guestbook

April 19, 2019

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Austshoor

August 15, 2018

Love ya, brother!

Dennis Leahy

July 7, 2018

We love you Fred!

Barry Brace

July 11, 2018

Prayers continue for you and your family.

Bill/Nancy Schuller