Heart Transplant Recipient Patricia Hugghis

February 16, 2010

As you may already know, February is National Heart Month. Throughout this month, we hope to raise awareness about heart disease and the range of people it can affect.

After the sudden death of her older brother in 1982, Patricia underwent tests to see if she suffered from the same heart condition that killed him. Soon after, Patricia was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. In 2008, Patricia's heart began to beat abnormally, which can be fatal. At this time, doctors told her a heart transplant was essential to her survival.

After waiting for more than a year, she received her lifesaving transplant on New Year's Day 2010 and is recovering well. Patricia takes 18 different medications daily to take care of her new heart. These medications are very expensive and are as critical to her survival as the transplant itself..

A heart transplant costs approximately $775,000. And that's only the beginning. Even with health insurance, Patricia faces significant medical expenses. For the rest of her life, she will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications.

To learn more about Patricia or to make a donation to NFT in her honor, visit her Web bio on the NFT Web site.