Dave is my father-in-law. He recently had open-heart surgery to place a Left Ventricle Assist Device (LVAD). This procedure was necessary because Dave’s heart is failing. Because he is a Lymphoma survivor, he must be cancer-free for five years before he is eligible for a heart transplant. I blogged about Dave here.
The original plan was that he would be in the hospital for up to a month, then return home to finish recovery and increase his quality of life. All of this was approved by the insurance company. During or shortly after the surgery he suffered a stroke. The results of the stroke are relatively positive, however the doctors are recommending 24 hour care for the foreseeable future. While it was known that stroke was a possible complication of the surgery, no one actually expected something like this to happen. No nursing home will take Dave because of the LVAD and his wife Linda has taken FMLA leave to care for Dave because the insurance company will not approve 24 hour nursing care.
This has been devastating to them financially.
A fund has been created to help Dave and Linda with daily living expenses. Please visit http://daveslemonadestand.blogspot.com/ if you are able to assist wth a donation to help Dave and Linda during this challenging time.