My name is Connie Munoz-Zermeno and I need a lung transplant. I was diagnosed with Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia or HHT at the age of nineteen. I have been struggling with HHT since that diagnosis and am on oxygen twenty-four hours a day. In my case, much of my blood bypasses the capillaries where they would ordinarily pick up oxygen. The lack of oxygen in my blood is damaging my other organs such as the heart and brain. Doctors from UCSF have performed five lung embolizations with no success and have informed me that my only chance at a healthy, normal life is to have a lung transplant.
I had lived in Livermore for most of my life until my condition worsened and I had to move back to the area where my parents live so that I would not be home alone in my current medical condition. I used to work at a restaurant where I was able to interact with people. Now I have to limit just about all of my activities.
June 5, 2012
Connie, I have the pleasure of working with your wonderful soon-to-be sister-in-law, Stephanie. She has shared your health challenge with us. I pray that your transplant arrives soon and that some how you are able to have the strength to conquer each day and its challenges. You and your family are in my prayers.
Kim / Pleasanton