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Crowdfunding site seeks funding for lifesaving heart surgery

I've been a for many fields in my time. Firstly it was underprivileged children, then funds to build school buildings for those who had no suitable place at the time, then Guide Dogs for the Blind and various animal charities. In recent years my focus has shifted more towards my local retro museum and research fundraising.

Tonight I was alerted to a GoFundMe campaign for an American guy called Michael Rhodes, who is in need of expensive surgery to give him a normal life. He's recently spent time in Sacred Heart and will need to go back regularly for follow up appointments. He will also require shortly in order to continue to enjoy life as the rest of us do. Naturally, these things don't come cheap and his and heart failure will only get worse without intervention, so the surgery will soon be his only hope of any kind of future. However, no one has a spare $28,000 lying around, unless you happen to be seriously wealthy to start with.

So Mickey and his family have turned to social media and for help. Crowdfunding works for many people and here in the UK, we recently managed to raise for several high profile cases. There was the case of the couple whose son was born early while they were in the US on vacation, the disabled pensioner who was beaten up and a homeless charity which benefited by several thousand pounds after one of their patrons had offered his only money to a student so that she could get home safely after losing her bank card on a night out.

Mickey’s brother George has posted a copy of his Facebook post on Mickey’s GoFundMe page Needing funds for heart procedure fast . In it, he explains the realities of life with a seriously family member. Michael's condition meant a long stay in Sacred Heart recently and he's also begun to suffer from regular ventricular , or vtach, an overly rapid heartbeat which could cause him to have a heart attack at any time. That should not be happening to a man who isn't even 40 yet, but is a sickening reality for Mickey. He was first diagnosed in his mid-20s and is cared for at home by his parents until he becomes too ill, at which point he is moved to hospital, where the kind of specialist, , lifesaving care he needs is available. Mickey already has a fitted, but it can only keep going for so long before his own heart fails permanently. Had Mickey not been fitted with it, according to George, he would not have survived long enough even to write the GoFundMe post.

The best thing about crowdfunding is that you KNOW where the is going. It's personal, even though the crowdfunding sites do take a cut as well, of course. So why not donate to Mickey's fundraising today? There's a Nintendo in it for one lucky funder, Mickey says.

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crowntower wrote on March 13, 2015, 7:44 PM

I would love too if only I can. I guess the only thing I have is prayer and that he will live a normal life and have a good and bright future. prayers works the best and faster than anything. God bless and thanks for this heads up. I am sure that many who are able to give will give, and many who can't give money can pray.

LoudMan wrote on March 14, 2015, 12:24 AM

well let's hope he finds the help he needs then when it comes to matter s of life or death we all share the same condition.

trufflehunter wrote on March 14, 2015, 1:46 AM

I never heard of crowdfunding but it sounds a lot more honest than some big ol charity scams here.

WordChazer wrote on March 14, 2015, 8:44 AM

That's what I think too, trufflehunter . I hate hearing about charity heads whose salaries are bigger than mine when they're supposed to be a charity...

WordChazer wrote on March 14, 2015, 8:45 AM

Prayer is a wonderful thing, indeed crowntower . It brings great peace to many people. Not heard of it working in cases of heart failure yet, but there's always a first time miracle.

WordChazer wrote on March 14, 2015, 8:48 AM

Well, hello, LoudMan . Not seen you about these parts for awhile. It is true, death comes to us all, but it seems so much less fair when it arrives for someone whom medical science could benefit. Heart and lung issues are something I hear a lot about at work, as our CEO is a former transplant surgeon who has seen more than most the benefits which skilfully performed and managed transplants can bring.

Soonerdad3 wrote on March 14, 2015, 8:53 AM

I too, would love to be able to donate, but I don't have the money to spare, but I can offer a prayer for better health and a speedy recovery.

WordChazer wrote on March 14, 2015, 9:19 AM

I'm hoping to donate the proceeds of anything I sell this weekend on eBay. I can't imagine what living with heart disease must be like.

scheng1 wrote on March 14, 2015, 10:25 AM

I wonder why they do not have insurance coverage. if I were to donate, I will donate directly to the hospital, and ask them to use it to pay for those in need. I will not donate to individuals.

WordChazer wrote on March 14, 2015, 10:30 AM

Knowing what I know of medical insurance in the USA, I suspect that unfortunately the chap is probably deemed too high risk to cover and they would rather he just died and didn't bother them any more. I hear that even diabetics can't afford the idiotically high copays demanded by these firms these days and it's not like as if they exactly ASKED to be given a life changing diagnosis any more than Mickey did.

Why do you think there are so many wheelchair using amputees in the States? Because they can't afford the cost of a prosthetic leg.


And if you come over here for treatment by our wonderful and overstretched NHS, we will charge you too, health tourists. We'll charge you a ton less than in your own country, but you will still be charged as a private patient.

Last Edited: March 14, 2015, 10:48 AM

AliCanary wrote on March 16, 2015, 11:39 AM

Now that is a legitimate reason for a GoFundMe page. My sister, however, saw one for someone who wanted $85,000 to BUY A SHOW HORSE. Isn't that incredibly disgusting?!? My sister was happy to report they hadn't raised a penny.

WordChazer wrote on March 16, 2015, 3:34 PM

I thought so too, especially after what AngelSharum was saying about the cost of MRI scans.

AngelSharum wrote on March 17, 2015, 8:29 PM

Even with insurance he would still most probably owe. I don't know anyone who can afford insurance that pays 100% here and heart surgery would leave a person owing a lot even at 20%.

AngelSharum wrote on March 17, 2015, 8:29 PM

Yep, medical tests are way too expensive and surgery is even worse. I do hope he gets the money he needs.

WordChazer wrote on March 18, 2015, 4:40 PM

How are you doing with yours, hon? I need to talk photographs with you...

AngelSharum wrote on March 18, 2015, 7:46 PM

We believe we'll have the money to pay the MRI and MRA bill next week, before they turn it over to collections. We wouldn't have been able to if my husband hadn't worked storm duty a few weeks ago. It was the first time in three years they have let them go on storm. The Good Lord was watching over us. Now, we will just keep paying the old medical bills and the new ones I'm making this year. :)

What photos do you want to talk about?

WordChazer wrote on March 19, 2015, 4:25 PM

I have my eye on a few of those you posted a few weeks back but never figured out a way to leave my expression of interest. I don't even want to own them, just to have the paid right to use them for my posts and articles on a non-exclusive basis so you can make more money from them. And when I use them, you'd get the credit then.

AngelSharum wrote on March 19, 2015, 4:51 PM

Are you on Facebook? If so, send me a friend request and we can use their message system to talk.