Andy Manuel Herrera Reyes of the Dominican Republic is a typical, happy boy who is in desperate need of a heart transplant to continue living. He was born with Congenital Heart Disease which has resulted in FOUR open heart surgeries in his short 13 years. Two of those surgeries were performed in the US through the GIFT OF LIFE NJ, Inc. charity, Newark Beth Israel and Columbia Presbyterian Hospitals.
Eleven weeks ago, Andy had his fourth open heart surgery in Health City Hospital, Grand Caymans, with the help of Haiti Cardiac Alliance. He has been on a bypass machine ever since. The ECMO machine is generally used for 1-2 weeks to allow the heart and lungs to recuperate post-surgery. Because of his love of life, wonderful care at Health City and his desire to be well again, Andy has now surpassed records on this machine and today is alert, speaking and eating; however, very frightened he may not make it to his transplant. We are URGENTLY seeking donations for Andy’s transport and surgery at a US Hospital to help finance the overwhelming 1.8 million dollar expenses.
Please help save Andy’s precious life and donate whatever your heart moves you to do. Time is crucial but we will continue to fight as long as Andy does! THANK YOU on behalf of Andy, his family and all of us at Gift of Life NJ, Inc.
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