JOEY NEEDS A HEART
Meet Joseph Tindall, Joey to his friends and family. Not your average 18-year-old. He graduated from high school, loves playing video games, and is passionate about firefighting. While fulfilling his dream of being a firefighter, he had a heart attack due to Cardiac Allograft Vasculopathy (CAV). The only cure is another heart transplant.
Yes, that’s correct, another heart transplant. That’s why Joey is not an average 18 year old. He was born with multiple heart defects and at the age of 7, after spending 12 days on ECMO, Joey got his first gift of life. For the first 8 years, he could have been the poster child for transplantation. He never had any rejection or illness besides the average cold. Then, he presented with a pericardial effusion.