Transplant Type: Liver
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Mindy Dennis is fighting for her life. In 2006, she was diagnosed with primary biliary cholangitis, for which there is no known cure. This autoimmune disease causes one’s body to attack its own liver, which leads eventually to liver failure. Mindy’s illness progressed slowly, until she underwent open heart surgery. Within one year from her surgery, Mindy’s condition had deteriorated into end-stage level four decompensating cirrhosis of the liver. Now, doctors say a liver transplant is critical to her survival.
Though this has been a difficult time for Mindy, she is thankful for her three children, family, and friends, who have been by her side every step of the way. She wishes that they did not need to be so concerned about her health, but is grateful for their love and support. Mindy’s faith in God has kept her positive and confident that she will receive this transplant and be healed. Before Mindy’s health began to decline rapidly, she enjoyed traveling, working with her patients, being as active as possible with her family, and painting with acrylics. Though she is still able to paint, she had to give up her other favorite activities due to her health condition. Mindy looks forward to the transplant that will allow her to have her life back. She wants nothing more than to travel, feel normal, and watch her future grandchildren grow up, but right now, she needs your help.
Unfortunately, Mindy’s hope for a new life comes at a very high price.
The average liver transplant costs approximately $878,000. 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.
Mindy lives an hour and a half from the transplant center, and she incurs substantial expenses each time she visits for evaluations and doctors’ appointments. When she receives her transplant, Mindy and her caregiver will need to stay near the hospital during recovery, adding to the financial strain.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to the National Foundation for Transplants in honor of Mindy Dennis.
If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT North Carolina Transplant Fund, 3249 W. Sarazen’s Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Mindy Dennis” in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: University of North Carolina Hospitals