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Bernita D. Caregiver

L-VAD Failure

My husband, Michael had his LVAD implanted in August 2019 after much discussion and lots of defib shocks. He has been in heart failure since his heart attack in 2017... well as of June 2020 it has been determined by his team that a heart transplant will not happen for him. He hasn’t been able to thrive with the LVAD, lots of low flows, medicine changes, hospital stays, weight loss and much more. He is now on hospice care, doing very well right now, by the way, but I said all that to say this.... I am so thankful to God for keeping him thus far, but I am mentally trained. I’m gonna, along with his hospice nurses and other family just do the best we can. I don’t know what the outcome would’ve been without the VAD, but with it has been a lot. Please send up prayers for my husband and for all of us❤️

 

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Reiss T.

Bernita, you and Michael have my prayers and I'm sure those of many others. Many can empathize but only you and those others who have been in your situation can really understand. Would you mind sharing the name of the medical center where he has been treated?

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Bernita D.

Not at all. He had his surgery and was treated at Sentara Norfolk General Heart Hospital in Norfolk, Va., and I have nothing but good things to say about his physicians and team. They have given Michael excellent care. 

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Douglas R.

Bernita, 

You and Michael are so fortunate to have each other!  I read between the lines how caring and strong you are.  On July 29 I heard a sermon, “A Courageous Life”, that started with:  “When we recognize God’s presence with us, courage starts to develop in us.”.  My prayer for you and Michael is for strength, courage and peace.    Thank you for sharing.  💕🙏 Susan 

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Douglas R.

Bernita, 

You and Michael are so fortunate to have each other!  I read between the lines how caring and strong you are.  On July 29 I heard a sermon, “A Courageous Life”, that started with:  “When we recognize God’s presence with us, courage starts to develop in us.”.  My prayer for you and Michael is for strength, courage and peace.    Thank you for sharing.  💕🙏 Susan 

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Maureen R.

My heart goes out to you and your husband. My husband has had his LVAD  almost 4 years but is also struggling now . I thank god for the extra time we’ve had also so can totally understand your feelings . 

Take care 🙏

Maureen 

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Ernest M.

I had my heart attack on 5.Jun.19, the same day my father had his 40 years earlier, he didn’t make it. After that I then had CHF, requiring me to have a LVAD. Like the rest of us, it has given us a second chance. When I get down, how is my wife going be, how much of my grandkids life am I going to see, I have to remind myself that I have given a second chance. So enjoy the time we all have been given. 

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Maureen R.

Hello Lisa

my husband was unable to be placed on transplant list as he was assessed as unable to withstand the surgery. Following LVAD surgery in October 2016, he suffered ischaemic bowel and needed more surgery to resection his bowel resulting in an  illeostomy. This was life saving surgery (again) . He has since had problems with weight loss and it has affected his ability to fight infection. He is v poorly currently .
 

i woukd have dearly  loved him to have been a candidate for transplant but I’m grateful for the extra time we’ve had as prior to LVAD he was extremely poorly.

im sorry to ramble on, sometimes it’s good to discuss what has happened.

 

i hope you are ok. 
best wishes