Glen McCoy, the father to Rye King, 28, and Wyatt Varner, 24, needs a heart transplant and the support of his community, family, and friends to make a transplant possible. Glen’s transplant will be life-saving but very expensive.
Nearly 10 years ago, Glen, now 59 years old, was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and it changed his live forever. As his illness progressed, Glen had two heart related surgeries; one to implant a pace maker in June 2012, and just one year later, Glen needed a lifesaving surgery to fix an infection that was caused by the low function of his heart. In June 2014, Glen was placed on the transplant waiting list. This past fall, Glen was moved up on the list due to the severity of his illness. He is currently receiving continuous intravenous medicine that requires the supervision and assistance of a 24 hour caregiver. Wyatt, his son, has taken on this role and they work very closely with the wonderful doctors at the Mayo clinic in Scottsdale Arizona. With Glen and Wyatt unable to work, the family struggles with mounting expenses necessary to keep appointments that are critical to maintaining Glen’s health while waiting for that life changing phone call that an ever precious heart is available.
June 1, 2015
It has been 1 month since Glen, my dad, had his successful heart transplant surgery!!! My brother Wyatt and I have been so excited to have our dad back and all fixed up that we cant even believe this all really happened. Glen had his heart transplant March 21st, 2015. All of his doctors and nurses at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona have been out of this world amazing! We think about how lucky we are everyday. My dad is home now and feeling better each day. He has begun rehabilitation to gain his strength back and is walking and lifting weights to gain back his muscle tone. With all of the expenses that have come along with this life saving surgery we are still very much in need of help from anyone who can donate. Every little bit helps. Glen is on an entire new set of medications that include his anti rejection medication and anti infection medications. Now, these medication are very essential to him not rejecting his new heart and staying away from infections. The hospital and his transplant coordinator have been so helpful in making sure Glen understands all of his new medications and knows how to set up his pill boxes correctly, but the price of these medications is thousands of dollars a month and with all of the unexpected expenses that have come his way paying for this essential medication has been tricky. If you are able to donate please know that any and all donations will go directly to essential medications and medical bills. We have been told that within the first 6 months after transplant surgery it is the most important time to recover properly and to say healthy as rejection possibilities are high during this time. Thank you to everyone who has prayed for us or donated to his fund, we really couldn’t have done this without the love and support we have received. Thank you!!
September 1, 2015
I just found this! Please give my love to Glen. We haven't had contact in years. So glad that he is doing better. He will be in my prayers. Sending love from Memphis.
June 1, 2015
Glen, great to see again, happy that you are recovering well from your heart transplant surgery. Here's a verse from the Bible to ponder about the heart "Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life." Proverbs 4:23 NIV
A Good Friend
March 17, 2015
Praying for your heart transplant ASAP
The Utter Family