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This Delaware man’s only option left is a heart transplant. He can’t afford it.

Robert J Smith (Little Eagle)

“If you don’t have the money, you don’t get an organ, you don’t get put on the list. That’s just how it works.”

Robert “Little Eagle” Smith is anticipating $260,000 in uncovered medical costs related to a heart transplant. He is fundraising with Help Hope Live for pre- and post-transplant essentials with help from his communities of support in Delaware and New Jersey.

The costs associated with his transplant are so extreme that his team has suggested considering a divorce from his wife, Cathy, to help qualify for additional medical aid.

“They make $32 a month too much to qualify for Medicaid, which would cover all the costs associated with the surgery.”

Written by Emily Progin