At two months old, Hadlee Rose Fuchsel, was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy, a condition which caused her heart to enlarge and take up much of her chest. Her lung was collapsed, and she needed medical support to keep her heart beating and her other lung breathing. She has since received a Berlin Heart, a medical device to help assist her heart to pump blood to the rest of her body. Hadlee will require 24/7 care and technology until she receives a heart transplant. Following her the transplant, she will still need continuous care for months before she can go home healthy.
Transplants are life-saving but even with insurance, very expensive. There are numerous expenses before and after the transplant, many of which her insurance will not cover. The biggest challenge for most transplant patients is the life-long anti-rejection medications can cost several hundred dollars a month after insurance.