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4Organ Transplant Survivor Needs Second Transplant
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My name is Ashley Foster, I am 30, and I live in Scottsdale Arizona. I am the survivor of a 4-Organ Transplant Survivor! But recently, I found out that my organs are Failing me and I need a 2nd Transplant. More ...

My name is Ashley Foster, I am 30, and I live in Scottsdale Arizona. I am the Survivor of a 4-Organ Transplant. But recently my organs have began to fail me and I am in need of a 2nd Transplant. This will require me to temporarily relocate to Clelevand, to be treated at Cleveland Clinc one of the handfull of Institutions that perform this kind of Transplant.

At the age of 17, I was diagnosed with Gastroparesis. Gastroparesis is a condition of the GI tract, causing delayed gastric emptying. Because of this, anything I ate or drank sat in my stomach for a prolonged time, causing nausea and vomiting. Due to my excessive nausea and vomiting, I was unable to receive enough nourishment. In order to get all of the nourishment I need to sustain life, every night I hooked up to an IV solution called TPN. TPN stands for Total Parenteral Nutrition, it contained all of my daily nutritional needs.

Unfortunately, if being diagnosed with Gastroparesis wasn't enough. I was also diagnosed with Chronic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction. Chronic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction is again a condition of the bowels that decreases the body's ability to move food through the bowel. Due to this I experienced severe nausea, vomiting, bloating, constipation, and pain.

After being treated for years with medications and TPN, we exhausted all options to maintain a good quality of life. The next step was to get a Small Bowel Transplant. This transplant is referred to as a Modified Multi-Visceral transplant and included the following organs; Stomach, Duodenum, Small Bowel and Pancreas.

On November 6, 2008 I was given the gift of a second chance at life. Since the transplant, I have had many complications. I have gone into severe rejection three times now, including the most recent rejection in November 2012. Thankfully, all the rejections were able to be treated with very strong medications. I've also struggled with Chronic Pancreatitis (painful inflammation of the pancreas) of the donor pancreas, requiring extended stays in the hospital and multiple procedures. I've also developed a large Arterial Thrombosis (blood clot in artery feeding transplanted organs) that threatens4- the blood flow of the newly transplanted organs. In October 2012, I underwent a very complicated surgery to open up and re-route to connection between my stomach and intestines, to hopefully treat and alleviate the severe nausea and vomiting that I had been complicated with for the 2 last years.

More recenctly, and more concerning. My Primary Transplant Doctor has determined that I am in Chronic Rejection. This means I now need to be Re-Transplanted. So, now the plan is for my mother and I to practically move to Cleveland for about 6 months to 1 year, so I can be Re-transplanted.

Unfortunately, due to my transplant and all of the complications I have gone into extreme financial hardship and I have acquired a great amount of debt. Although, I do have insurance, there are still many medical and non-medical expenses that are not covered by insurance. Since my Transplant Center is Out of State, due to its rarity, any time I have a complication I have to return to there for treatment. I basically have to establish a second household. This only adds to the financial burden. Unfortunately due to these complications and the need for many trips back and forth between Arizona and my Transplant Center the estimated costs of the transplant and the aftercare has far exceeded anything we could have prepared for and this is where I am asking for help.

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