In 2015 Brett Ploessel was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, otherwise known as IPF. IPF is an incurable chronic lung disease which results in a progressive and irreversible decline in lung function. In 2015 we were told that eventually Brett would need a double lung transplant. sadly that time has arrived and thus the reason for reaching out and asking for your prayers, positive intensions and support.
Brett has been hospitalized and is officially listed as a candidate for a double lung transplant. Our goal is to transplant at the Norton Thoracic Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, AZ. This hospital has the busiest lung transplant program in the United States with 117 transplants in 2016. It also has one of the highest one-year survival rates (90%) and has a shorter wait time (15 days) as compared to our local Denver based hospital( 27 transplants in 2017 with an unknown wait time).
Brett will need to take a medic plane to Phoenix as his oxygen needs are too great for a commercial flight. This “ one way ticket” alone is $15,000. In addition to the air travel he will be required to remain in Phoenix for 90 days post transplant which will require accommodation and care outside of the hospital. We hope to be breathing a sigh of relief and have Brett transplanted and home by Christmas.
On behalf of Brett, Jennifer, Jack and Michael we thank you for your generosity in supporting the Ploessel family during this life changing event. We are grateful to have options for surviving this disease and look forward to the many years ahead of us as a family.
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July 11, 2018
Dear Brett, I'm so sorry you're going through this. I had no idea. I sending prayers and healing energy and I wish you all the best to heal well and stay strong. I know you can. Lots of Hugs to you, Jennifer and your family.
Jeannete Sorensen Hickok
July 11, 2018
Hi Brett: Sorry to hear about your illness. I haven't seen you since, I think, just before you got married. My thoughts are with you, Jennifer and your family members. I'm sending positive karma energy shooting your way, keep strong, and know that everyone is rooting you!