Grand Rapids woman needs a new heart, but a 60-year-old mother was rejected as a transplant candidate because he had no money to pay for follow-up care. The letter of refusal from the Heart and Pulmonary Spectrum Health Center, Richard DeVos, said the woman was starting a "fundraising effort", then then again applying for a heart transplant.
Hedda Martin sent the refusal letter she received from the Grand Rapids clinic to Facebook and has gone short since then.
"The decision made by the committee is that you are not currently a candidate for a heart transplant because there is a need for a safer financial plan for immune medication attention. The committee recommends a fundraising effort from $ 10,000, "said the letter dated November 20.
Martin's son started the GoFundMe Sunday campaign that raised almost $ 28,000 Monday afternoon.
The hospital system rejected an interview with Newschannel 3, but sent a written statement.
Spectrum Health recognized in the statement that the candidate's ability to pay is a factor in transplant decisions.
"Although we do not comment on the situations of specific patients to protect their privacy, Spectrum Health looks after all patients who enter their doors and provide all of them The highest possible quality of care, "said Spectrum in the statement. "Although our main focus is the patient's medical needs, the fact is that transplants require lifespan drugs and immunization drugs, and so costs are sometimes unacceptable and inevitable in the decision-making process."
Martin developed heart failure because of too much chemotherapy treatment.
And the $ 10,000 required to cover copying 20 percent for two years of anti-refusal drugs.
"The transplant team for wasting is not an essential organ if it can not afford drugs to deny the heart." Martin's page GoFundMe states. "However, they are not even ready to put on the list knowing that they would still give their time to raise money over a year or more through a family."
Martin and his son did not respond to interview requests on Monday.
In a Facebook post on Monday, Martin wrote that she had asked the case to be taken to the Spectrum transplant board again on Tuesday, now she has raised more than the $ 10,000 required to pay for post transplant care.
Full Spectrum Health Statement about patient transplant searching:
"Although we are not commenting on the situations of specific patients to protect their privacy, Health Spectrum is caring for a deeper patient who goes into doors and provides maximum possible care for all of them. Although it is always worrying when we can not provide a transplant, we have a obligation to ensure that transplants are successful and that donor organs remain viable. We are reviewing & # 39 Careful candidates for heart and lung transplant procedures with care and compassion, and these are often very difficult and complex decisions. Although our main focus is the patient's medical needs, the fact is that transplants require lifelong care drugs and immunization drugs, and so costs are sometimes unacceptable and inevitable in the decision making process. We are a partner with patients throughout their care and co-operation & # 39 with them to identify opportunities for financial help. Our clinical team has an ongoing dialogue with patients about their qualification, holding multi-person meetings and informing patients personally to ensure they fully understand their particular situation. "