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I am asking for help for my dear friend Doreen! (PLEASE READ THE LATEST UPDATE AS OF NOVEMBER 2 UNDER THE UPDATES SECTION)

Doreen was born with a hole in her heart. When she was three years old, she had rheumatic fever which caused damage to her heart valves. It was shortly after that she had open heart surgery to repair the hole, and her heart values continued to be monitored. Doreen has endured valve replacement surgeries in the ‘80s and ‘90s, as well as an implant of a pacemaker.

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November 2, 2020

November 2, 2020

Hello everyone,

New update on my amazing, courageous friend Doreen. She began meeting with a new cardiac care team in Madison, Wisconsin in mid-September. With new doctors and a new hospital, Doreen once again had to go through many phone calls, multiple tests, in person appointments in Madison, scans/x-rays, labs, appointments with other doctors such as the dentist to make sure all would be in good shape for her to receive a transplant. The good news was that this team said no need for a lung transplant. She would, however, still need a heart transplant with a possible liver transplant later on. There was concern that the scar tissue around Doreen’s heart could cause severe bleeding during surgery and postoperatively but could be treated with medication and time to heal. Everything was still continuing to move forward. Sadly, the antigen test results came back showing that Doreen would have a high likelihood of rejecting a new heart. With this news and the scar tissue concerns, the team therefore declined to give her a transplant. Of course, there are no words for Doreen’s devastation upon hearing this news.

Her current cardiologist is recommending hospitals in other states that will perform high risk organ transplants. Doreen is now waiting on a call from doctors from Columbia Hospital in New York. This is just SO much stress for someone who already has a damaged heart. Without a heart transplant, Doreen’s health will continue to decline, and her organs will begin to shut down. She does not want to give up nor should she! Unfortunately, this will all be costly. PLEASE read her words and help if you can:

“Now that I may be traveling for my transplant, I am really in need of your help! I will not give up on myself; I have so much of my life to live! I have so much more to do on this Earth that includes seeing my grandkids, volunteering to share my music to the elderly and disabled, and my passion of saving animals. I am blessed to have such caring friends as you. Thank you so very much!”

August 20, 2020

AUGUST 20, 2020
Doreen continues to recover slowly at home after being so ill in the hospital a few weeks ago. She has made the decision to meet with a new cardiac team in Madison, Wisconsin, in early September to discuss her case for a heart, lung and liver transplant. I will provide another update for everyone after that meeting. Please continue to keep Doreen in your prayers and if you are able to donate to help with her care/bills, it is very much appreciated. Thank you!!

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August 6, 2020

I’m praying for you in your time of need for peace and comfort, Doreen.

Debbie Hetlet

June 29, 2020

Katie and I are sending lots of strength and love to you! Xoxoxox

Kristi Rogers

June 28, 2020

Please know we are thinking of you and we will play music in your honor. Stay healthy so you can recoup safely . Your friend and 'play-a-long' violin groupy! Pam

Pam Frazier

June 25, 2020

Thanks for being such a great friend to our Lori all these years! We are praying for you!!

Emily Alens