Bobbie Gaskill Teal
Transplant Type: Heart
Bobbie Teal is fighting for her life. When she was a child, she suffered from rheumatic fever, which resulted in a heart murmur and prevented her from taking part in sports until she was in junior high. Unfortunately, heart issues run in her family, and both of her parents died of heart disease. In 2005, Bobbie was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF). Over time, her condition has worsened, and she now faces end-stage heart failure. Bobbie has undergone multiple heart procedures including having a mitral valve replacement, stent and pacemaker defibrillator. Her illness leaves her tired and takes a toll on her quality of life. Doctors say a heart transplant is critical to her survival. Bobbie had to receive a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) or “artificial heart” to help her heart pump while she waits for a donor heart to become available.
During this difficult time, Bobbie is grateful for the love and support of her high school sweetheart and husband, Dennis, and their family and friends. Bobbie and Dennis have three children and eight grandchildren, and her illness prevents her from being the active wife, mother, and Granny she longs to be. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, watching TV, cooking, and mowing her yard with a riding mower. Her health limits her activity now, and she hasn’t been able to take care of her grandchildren or participate in their activities. Bobbie looks forward to receiving a transplant that will improve her quality of life and give her more years with her family. She wants nothing more than to be healthy so she will feel better, have more energy, and be able to live her life to the fullest. But right now she needs your help.
The average heart transplant costs more than $1 million, and that’s only the beginning. Even with insurance, which will cover a portion of the transplant costs, she still faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of her life, she will need follow-up care and anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very expensive, and they’re as critical to her survival as the transplant itself.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Bobbie. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Oklahoma Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 850, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write "in honor of Bobbie Teal” in the memo line.
Transplant Center: Baptist Integris Hospital