On radio this morning, Pat told the story of a woman who was in desperate need of a heart transplant.
A fan had sent him the story below by Steve Otto at the Tampa Tribune:
At some point in the next six months or so — if you believe the doctors, and she has seen the best — Karen Anderson's heart likely is going to give out, at which point the 61-year-old Gulfport resident will die.
It doesn't have to happen. There is a potential solution: a heart transplant.
Tampa General Hospital has the fifth-busiest transplant program in the United States and has performed more than 500 of the operations.
Anderson already has gone through all the checkups and examinations by "ologists" of every kind. They indicate she is a good candidate for a new heart. All she has to do is have her name placed on the transplant list and wait.
Well, that's not quite all she has to do. Before her name goes on the list, she has to cough up nearly $25,000 as sort of a promissory note to ensure that if she gets a transplant, she can afford the anti-rejection drugs and other medications that will be part of her life after the procedure.
That's a hefty amount just to get on a list, isn't it? You almost could afford to go to a political fundraiser with that kind of money.