Here's my father's story and my cry for help. He's only 53 years old and deserves to live.
In 2010 he had a heart attack abroad. He was on a plane and had to have an emergency landing in Ethiopia where he got a defibrillator implanted. When he returned to Romania, he kept having cardiac issues, especially pulmonary edema (his lungs were filling with water and he couldn't breath). We would get to the emergency room, they would take the water out and sent him home. He went through this hell for a while until one of his friends, an angel in disguise, managed to help us send him to Germany for open heart surgery. The doctors in Germany saved his life at the beginning of 2011.
Back in Romania, his recovery was mostly in his hands. The doctors here changed his medication from Germany, he was suffering from all sorts of side effects... He did his own research, he bought his own equipment to be able to monitor himself and finally he found a balance and lived somewhat comfortably for 7 years.
In 2018 his father, my grandfather, had a sudden decline in health. My dad insisted to go and take care of him... The stress, sleepless nights and physical strain resulted in a second heart attack. We took him to hospitals here in Romania, in Constanta, in Bucharest.... it took them so long to diagnose him and do something that his condition got worse and worse... He got a stent put it and more medication. The medication did him so much harm, weakened his body and he got an infection which was treated with so many antibiotics that it completely messed up his system. In the meantime my grandfather died and my dad was so sick that he couldn't even attend the funeral.
After being told by his cardiologist for the longest time that his problems are not from his heart and that he does not need a ventricular assist device, he does not need valve surgery... we were suddenly told on Friday, December 21st that it is from his heart, but that the problems are too great now and there's nothing else that can be done and we should just wait for him to die....
We did everything we could and gathered all our resources and all our friends and family members sent us money and we hired a private ambulance with medical assistance and sent him to Germany, to the same clinic that saved his life in 2011. The ambulance set off on December 24th and they reached the clinic 25 hours later, on December 25th. Being the holidays, there was a lot of waiting to find out what can be done to help him... today we received an answer: nothing at this clinic, he needs a TAH (total artificial heart) as a bridge to transplant.
The surgery is obscenely expensive: around 200.000 Euros. My dad is still very young, 53 years old and he is a fighter and a good man... always trying to help out, always sacrificing himself for his family. He deserves to live and he does not deserve to be treated like he was in Romania.
I plead that you help us save his life. If only his story would reach as many people as possible, we would have the chance to really do this. Thank you all....