Transplant Type: Double Lung
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Zanetta Smith is fighting for her life. In 2009, she was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Unfortunately, she is all too familiar with the impacts of COPD, as her mother lost her battle with the illness. Now, Zanetta’s condition has begun to worsen, and doctors say a double lung transplant is critical to her survival. While awaiting her transplant, she relies on an oxygen tank for every breath.
This has been a difficult time for Zanetta, as she’s used to being much more independent and active. Before her health began to decline, she enjoyed riding horses, walking her dogs, working and spending time with her children, but these days her activities are quite limited. She looks forward to feeling like her old self again, and more than anything, she wants to spend many more years with her children and see her grandchildren be born one day, but right now, she needs your help.
Unfortunately, Zanetta’s hope for a new life comes at a very high price.
The average double lung transplant costs more than $1 million. And that’s only the beginning. Even with insurance, which will cover the cost of the transplant, 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.
Zanetta must travel more than two hours to reach her transplant center for evaluations and doctors’ appointments. When she receives her transplant, Zanetta and her caregiver will need to stay near the hospital during recovery, incurring substantial expenses for travel, food and lodging, adding to the financial strain.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to the National Foundation for Transplants in honor of Zanetta.
If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Maine Transplant Fund, 3249 W. Sarazen’s Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Zanetta Smith” in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: Massachusetts General Hospital