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Unable to work, he is now counting on family and friends to help him stay close to the care he desperately needs.

Joshua McDermott was a normal, active, 20 year old boy. He loved to play football, play video games and hang out with friends. All of this changed in February of 2012. After collapsing trying to ride his bike to work like normal, Josh was admitted to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, FL. Once they completed several rounds of testing we found out he had an enlarged heart. He was transferred to HealthPark, and during his lengthy stay we were told that he would need to take heart medicines you're the rest of his life. Although his doctors were baffled by how he had developed his condition, they seemed to believe that it wasn't that bad, saying that worst case scenario-he would need a transplant in several years. So Josh was released home and tried to go back to a normal life. However within just a few weeks he became very sick again. It wasn't until he began experiencing congestive heart failure that he agreed to go back to the hospital. Once there, we were told that he had pneumonia, and that his heart had enlarged further. They had already decided to have him transported to Tampa when he began to flat line. After a 45 minute resuscitation, they contacted the family to come say goodbye. Despite flat lining several more times the hospital staff got him stable enough to airlift him to Tampa. Since then, he has been on life support, needs dialysis several times a week and is still waiting to be stable enough for the hospital to give him a VAD device so that he will survive until they can clear him for transplant. While he is currently in the hospital, and will be for some time, while he is being cleared and while he waits for a transplant he will need to stay in the Tampa area. Unable to work, he is now counting on family and friends to help him stay close to the care he desperately needs.
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