“I feel empowered. I feel limitless.”
In 2019, Manoela experienced heart failure and 17 days in a coma. She survived, but doctors gave her just five years to live without a heart transplant – news that turned her life and the lives of her husband and three teenage daughters upside-down.
“It was scary, but I always kept my faith…I always believed, and that kept me going. My daughters got that from me.”
She received the gift of new life in October 2023. Today, she is fundraising with Help Hope Live for essential post-transplant recovery expenses.
“You cannot miss those treatments – you have to be there.”
Some of her top costs include medication co-pays, regular medical transportation and relocation, lab work, and a three-month cardiac rehab program.
Written by Emily Progin
“The wait can feel like forever – but one day, the phone rings. Don’t be scared: it’s tough, but it’s worth it.”