Transplant Type: Liver
Denise Coats is fighting for her life. In 2014, she underwent gall bladder surgery. The surgery caused an infection that damaged her hepatic artery and bile ducts, and eventually caused the artery to die in January 2019. She has suffered from liver infections that have resulted in several blood infections that required lengthy hospital stays for treatment. To prevent future liver infections, Denise had to have j-tubes inserted to allow bile to escape. These tubes are painful and take a toll on her quality of life. Doctors say a liver transplant is critical to her survival.
During such a challenging time, Denise is thankful for her seven siblings, her family and friends. She wishes they didn’t have to be so concerned about her health, but she is grateful for their love and support. Before her health began to decline, Denise enjoyed going to the movies, going to church on Sundays, spending time with family, cooking and babysitting for friends, but these days, her activities are quite limited. Denise is looking forward to being pain free, watching a movie at the theatre, and resuming her active lifestyle. More than anything, she looks forward to the transplant that will allow her to live life with as few limitations as possible, but right now, she needs your help.
Unfortunately, Denise’s hope for a new life comes at a very high price.
The average liver transplant costs approximately $812,000. 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 daily anti-rejection medications, which are as critical to her survival as the transplant itself.
When she receives her transplant, Denise must temporarily relocate three hours from her home to be near the hospital during the recovery process, incurring substantial expenses for travel, food and lodging. Because of her declining health, she had to stop working, adding to the financial strain.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Denise. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Florida Transplant Fund, 3249 W. Sarazens Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Denise Coats" on the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Patient Health Institute: Mayo Clinic Jacksonville