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Please help a good kid with a bad heart! Isaiah is only 22 and had a major heart attack.

Hello, I am starting this campaign for my son, Isaiah. On July 12, 2012, he collapsed on his construction job in suburban Philadelphia. He was rushed to St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital, where it was discovered that he had suffered a heart attack. He was diagnosed with coronary heart disease and an arrythmia, or irregular heartbeat. A stent was placed in his heart to clear the blockage.

I was shocked -- Isaiah is only 22 and in seemingly good health. He's athletic, a nonsmoker, and weighs 150 pounds soaking wet. He was recently married and he and his wife, also 22, are expecting their first child on May 5, 2013. Heart attacks only happen to older, out of shape people -- right?

Wrong.

I learned that when people this young have heart attacks, it is usually hereditary. Because Isaiah was adopted at six weeks, we don't know his biological family's health history, but his heart problems are almost certainly congenital.

Isaiah had to have further surgery in September. He has to have further surgery, which includes having a pacemaker inserted, but his cardiologist wants to wait until his heart is stronger for this major surgery to be performed.

Isaiah had just started on his construction job, and therefore had no unemployment or sick days. He is home recuperating from his surgery. His wife Debbie, who is ten weeks pregnant, works as a cashier at a local electronics chain store, but she does not make much money.

Isaiah is a normal young adult who enjoys spending time with family and friends, working outdoors, and watching Philly sports (Go Eagles)! Although he has a major illness, he continues to be an easy-going, friendly Philly guy, as you can see from the photograph.

I am asking for the modest sum of $3,000 to help Isaiah through the next few months. He obviously cannot work construction again, so he has to find a new job. Fortunately he is on my health insurance until he is 26, so all monies raised will go for food, rent, utilities, insurance copays, and other necessities until he is well enough to work.

I try to help him as much as I can, but as you probably realize, social workers don't make much money. Any amount, no matter how small, would be welcome. If you can't contribute, please keep Isaiah, Debbie,and their unborn baby in your prayers. Thank you!
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