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Seven years ago, Lorraine, a single mother of four great kids, was diagnosed with Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy.

Ten months before this diagnosis she completed an Ironman race and was in the best shape in her life. However, in October of 2012, she developed shortness of breath, rapid irregular heart beats and severe exhaustion. She assumed she was overly tired or was coming down with a cold. Unfortunately this was not the case. After a 24 hour shift in the special care nursery, she could barely walk down the hall without having to stop because of shortness of breath. Luckily, co-workers convinced her to be seen in the emergency department. It was there she was informed by her first ever cardiologist, that her heart was failing. Her heart was so weak it could only pump 17% verses a normal 55-60% of blood to her body. Once diagnosed, she was rapidly transferred to the cardiac unit where she spent a week. Prior to being discharged, one of the nurses informed her of the grim statistic that 50% of the people diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, her diagnosis, are dead within 5 years.

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August 23, 2019

On August 8, 2019 Lorraine received a strong and wonderful heart. She spent 12 day’s in the Cardiac Thoracic and cardiac ICU. Since she did so well, she was discharged directly home from ICU. Lorraine say’s the fast progress and healing was from all the family and friend support as well as excellent medical, nursings and other hospital staff. University of Colorado Health Center is an excellent place for getting a new heart!

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December 27, 2019

You're awesome! Love you!

Heidi Beachley

December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas from Elizabeth and me. Love you.


September 6, 2019

Good luck in your recovery

Judy Gray

September 6, 2019

Donation in honor of Lorraine Kelley. Thanks to Second Chances.

Dana Bennett