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4 yrs ago on Oct 28th I had a massive heart attack; it was called the widow maker. I had 100% blockage of the Left Anterior Descending arter

4 yrs ago on Oct 28th I had a massive heart attack; it was called the widow maker. I had 100% blockage of the Left Anterior Descending artery for a little over 12 hours. Of those who have the widow maker only about 5% survive and of that 5%, 70% die within the first 5yrs. I’ve fallen into the 70%. My doctors explained to me that the heart muscle will not get better, just try to live the best that you can. We’ll here it is 4yrs later and my health is failing and I’m diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy, the heart is too weak to pump blood very well, along with the Congestive Heart Failure and Coronary Artery Disease with a falling ejection fraction of 19% (amount the heart is pumping out). I’m left with no options from conventional treatment except to take more medication and if possible get on a transplant list and wait for a donor. Transplants are very risky not to mention all the medications you need to take so your body doesn’t reject the donor heart. Although a transplant is still an option I wanted to see if any other options were available. I did find that option with Adult Stem cell Therapy. It’s a process where your own stem cells are gathered from your blood multiplied by the millions the reinserted into your heart.
I was just approved to have an experimental Adult Stem Cell Treatment to treat my failing heart. I found this fairly new treatment using adult stem cells, the results are promising with 70% of patients improving. The problem is it cost 60,000. A high price to pay for one life. Some of my family and friends are putting together fund raisers and with any luck I’ll be able to have this treatment and improve my quality of life. If this proves to be a life saving treatment we need to push the FDA to get this approved.
The current procedure consists of a trip to Bonita Springs Fl for your blood withdrawal then they ship your blood to Israel so the stem cells can be extracted and multiplied by the millions. Your stem cells are then hand carried to the Dominican Republic and by catheterization reinserted into your heart.

Thank you for your prayers and support.

Fred

Donations can be made to;
Fred Kawa Heart Fund

c/o Hanscom Federal Credit Union

15 Kansas Street

Natick, MA 01760

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