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Eduardo is a heart transplant recipient. He is 62 years old and has been affected by heart strokes since 2008. He was in Mexico back then and had to wait 5 months for the required equipment to be fixed in order to have two stents set into his heart arteries.
This was a major event and a life-changing experience that made him look into his spiritual nature. Then in 2016, he had other minor heart events, and it was until February 2017 he had another major stroke which required the placement of another three stents on the back arteries of the heart. The period of the next months after this procedure was very hard for Eduardo, he couldn’t breathe, he could barely walk and of course, he couldn’t work. His major goal was to make it to his eldest son’s wedding, which he did. He went into the ER and here doctors found out his lungs were full of water due to a weak heart condition (atrial fibrosis). This period, he could only sleep for one or two hours per night. When at the ER, he was drained 17 pounds of fluids from its body in one day. His Ejection Fraction had come down from 45% to around 35% in a short period of time. I a month he’s Ejection fraction had gone to 25%, that’s when his Cardiologist decided to send him to the transplant team at UCSD Health System in San Diego.
Leopoldo had all kinds of lab exams, CAT scans, Ultrasounds, interviews, Right Heart CAT at least once a month. He was admitted to the heart transplant waiting list in March 2019. He was having all kinds of exams and analysis in order to keep excellent supervision on his condition. It turns out, his Ejection Fraction came to almost 20%.
He was still without an income, and mainly his sons and some friends helped him and his wife Patricia get some periodic income.

He received a call on Sunday, February 12, and was pretty nervous, went into the hospital, and was fortunate that on the first opportunity, he got his new heart. There was a BIG Angel granting him his Second Chance to live. Thank you so so much my Amazing Donor.

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March 2, 2020

TRADUCCION A ESPANOL DE ACTUALIZACION ANTERIOR
TRANSLATION TO SPANISH FROM LAST UPDATE
2da OPORTUNIDAD DE VIDA
Hola a todos, soy Patricia HartSmith, esposa de Leopoldo Eduardo Smith, y hoy deseo compartir con ustedes el milagro de la Segunda Oportunidad de VIDA que hoy vivimos.
Eduardo recibió un nuevo corazón en Enero 14 de este año y desde entonces, cada día ha sido un bello día lleno de regalo, amor y gozo y muchas sorpresas llenando su y mi Corazón, lo que nos mantiene en un completo estado de paz interna y gratitud.
Si te parece bien, te compartiré un poco acerca de porque estamos en esta gran situación, apoyados por la Fundación Help Hope Live, porque no siempre tuvimos esta felicidad en nuestras vidas.
Hace tres años, en Febrero 12, 2017 Eduardo tuvo un ataque al corazón que se lo daño tremendamente, y por dos años vivimos entre salas de emergencia, médicos y muy pocas esperanzas de mejoría. Hace un año, tuvimos la oportunidad de ser referidos por nuestro cardiólogo Dr. Pandhi al Centro Cardio Vascular Sulpizio de UCSD con un increíble equipo de especialistas en trasplante de Corazón. Eso nos dio esperanzas, el solo saber que había una posibilidad para Eduardo de ser incluido en la lista de espera de trasplante de corazón. Pero nos mencionaron que debíamos estar conscientes de que su Corazón solo funcionaba al 20% y debido a que su altura es de 1.95m.
Fue un poco difícil encontrar al donador adecuado para él, podía llevarnos hasta tres años o más. Para mí, fue muy difícil especialmente porque nos casamos solo hace cinco años, dándonos una segunda oportunidad de llenar de nuevo nuestros corazones de amor. Así que decidí vivir cada día como si fuese el último, disfrutando cada día y cada momento de su vulnerable vida.

Y el milagro se inició en Enero 12 del 2020, solo 10 meses desde que se registró en la lista de espera de trasplante de corazón. Cuando los doctores le llamaron a mi esposo urgentemente y dijeron que tenían a un posible d donador y que necesitaba ir inmediatamente al Hospital Sulpizio, “corrimos” para estar ahí lo antes posible. Después de 26 horas de nuestra llegada, empezaron con el procedimiento de cirugía de trasplante que les tomo siete horas. Durante esas horas, sus hijos y esposas y yo estábamos experimentando un pequeño pedazo de milagro: sentíamos una tremenda paz en la cual sabíamos que todo estaba bien. Cuando terminaron, nos dijeron que la cirugía fue un éxito total!!
Los siguientes 11 días en el hospital fueron tan bendecidos con enfermeras, doctores, familia y amigos, rodeándonos todo el tiempo con tanto amor y regalos que nunca sentimos temor o angustia, nos sentimos sostenidos todo el tiempo con amor. Repentinamente cuando Eduardo era dado de alta dado que estaba aceptando el nuevo Corazón muy bien, teníamos las sorpresiva noticia de que era imposible ir a casa debido a que tenía requerimientos, cuidados y alimentación especiales, sin animales o niños (enfermos) a su alrededor, sin polvo, ni patógenos, ahora los enemigos eran los virus, hongos y bacterias. Además de que necesita estar cerca del hospital por cualquier emergencia o situación especial y para asegurarnos de que cumple con sus citas a laboratorios, doctores y de otros tipos, semana a semana.
De nuevo, y aun cuando estábamos muy limitados de dinero, el milagro de la Segunda Oportunidad actuó y gracias a algunos amigos tuvimos la oportunidad de quedarnos en un hotel, durante las siguientes semanas continuamos recibiendo sorpresas, regalo de la familia y amigos para apoyar su recuperación y a mí como su cuidador primario.
Ahora la Fundación Help Hope Live nos brinda esta oportunidad de crear esta campaña para conseguir fondos y mantener el milagro vivo para la salud de Eduardo y por un año, ese es el tiempo que los médicos dicen que se requiere para determinar su estado, y ya sea continuar con los mismos cuidados especiales o que su cuerpo acepte completamente el nuevo corazón, entonces determinaran los pasos a seguir.
En el mejor de los casos, el estará listo para poder regresar a trabajar y continuar con una vida normal con nuevas esperanzas y sueños.
Así que por ahora, es su momento de ser parte del milagro de vida de esta Segunda Oportunidad, al ser parte de este bello regalo de vida y amor para Eduardo y para mí. Gracias a ti y a la Fundación Help Hope Live, continuaremos compartiendo nuestro amor e historias contigo. Desde mi corazón al tuyo, bendiciones infinitas.
Como resultado de la bendición del Trasplante de Corazón, estamos llevando a cabo esta Campana de Recaudación de Fondos para poder satisfacer los gastos y necesidades del próximo año, en el cual no podremos trabajar y recibir ingresos. Agradezco y bendigo todo su amoroso apoyo. Por favor ve al siguiente enlace helphopelive.org y DONA (botón GIVE). GRAACIAS!

February 17, 2020

February 18th, 2020
2ND CHANCE LIFE
Hi everyone, I am Patricia Hart-Smith, Leopoldo Eduardo Smith’s wife, and today I want to share with you the miracle of the Second Chance LIFE we are living today.
Eduardo received a new heart on January 14th of this year and since then, everyday has been a beautiful day full of gifts, love and joy and many surprises filling his and my heart, which keeps us in a complete state of bliss and gratitude.
If it is ok for you, I will share a little bit about why we are in this great situation, supported by Help Hope Live Foundation, because we didn’t always have happiness in our life
Three years ago, on February 12th ,2017 Eduardo had a heart stroke that damaged his heart tremendously, and for two years we were living between emergency rooms, doctors and with little hope for improvement. One year ago, we had the opportunity to be referred by our Cardiologist Dr. Pandhi into the UCSD Sulpizio Cardio Vascular Center with an amazing heart transplant team. That gave us hope, just knowing there was a possibility for Eduardo to be included into the heart transplant waiting list. But they told us that we had to be aware that his heart was working around 20% and because of his height (6”4) or 1. 95m. It was a little difficult to find the right donor for him, it could take up to three years or more, and his heart could lose more efficiency. For me, it was quite difficult specially that we got married only five years ago, giving us a 2nd opportunity to fill again our hearts of love. So, I decided to live everyday as the last one, enjoying everyday and every moment of his vulnerable life.
And the miracle started on January 12, 2020, only 10 months since he was registered into the heart transplant waiting list. When the doctors called my husband urgently and said that they had a probable donor and he needed to go immediately to Sulpizio hospital, we ran to be there ASAP. After 26 hours from our arrival, they started the heart transplant surgery that took 7 hours, and during those hours his sons, their wives and me were experiencing a small piece of the miracle: we experienced a tremendous peace that everything was all right. When they finished, they told us that the surgery was a complete success!!
The next 11 days in the hospital were so blessed with nurses, doctors, family and friends, surrounding us all the time with so much love and gifts that we never felt fear or anguish, all the time we felt sustained with love.
Suddenly when Eduardo was discharged because he was accepting the new heart smoothly, we had the surprising news that it was impossible to go home because he needed special requirements, care and nutrition, no animals or children around, no dust, no pathogens, now the enemies are virus, fungus and bacteria, along with that he needs to stay near the hospital for any emergency or special situation and to make sure he complies with his lab, hospital, doctors’ and other appointments week to week.
Again, even though we were very short of funds, the miracle of the 2nd chance acts and thanks to some friends we had the opportunity to stay in a clean hotel in San Diego, during the following weeks we continued receiving surprises, gifts from family and friends to support his recovery and me as his first caregiver.
Now Help Love Live Foundation is giving us the opportunity to create this campaign to raise some funds to keep the miracle alive for Eduardo’s health and for one year, that is the time that doctors says is needed to determine his status and either continue with the same special cares or in case of his body fully accepting the new heart then they will also determine the next steps. Best case scenario he will be able to return to work and to continue with our normal life with new hopes and dreams again.
So for now, is your moment to be part of this Second Chance life miracle, being a part of this beautiful gift of life and love for Eduardo and myself. Thanks to you and the Foundation, we will continue sharing our love and story with you. From my heart to your heart, infinite blessings.

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March 7, 2020

I encourage all friends and family of Eduardo and Patricia to support them as they take this next part of their healing journey together. It is an honor to contribute and I know their hearts, minds and spirits are full of faith that they will live a full life together--with our help. Much love to you both, your friend always, Deborah L-G

Deborah Loesch-Griffin

February 25, 2020

Cuídenles a sus mismos

Sarah Stewart

February 23, 2020

Happy to help!!

Marla Grassi

February 23, 2020

Patricia and Eduardo! You are two of my most beautiful and treasured friends. The love you have taught and shown to me has bonded us forever. I will work to share your story and pray still for you, the donor and family, and your future. Much much love, Marla

Marla Grassi

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