Please donate to my fundraiser which helps me cover costs related to my heart transplant surgery.
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Hello, my name is Paul Lomanto. I’m 54 years old and live in Portland, OR. I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina with aortic stenosis due to a bicuspid aortic valve. Basically that means my valve had only two leaflets fused together not the normal 3. That caused my heart to pump harder from birth to squeeze blood through that valve. Every year I saw a cardiologist and things were always the same until I turned 34.
At 34 I felt tired and out of breath all of a sudden even though I was in great shape. I went to the cardiologist and found out that my aortic valve needed to be replaced via open heart surgery, but this was only going to be a temporary fix.
After recovering, I lived well until I was 46. At that point my valve failed again and I needed emergency surgery to insert a new porcine valve (from a pig) into the existing bovine (cow) valve. But this time I was also diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure because my heart beat too hard for too many years.
For the last 7-8 years I’ve battled hard; been on a lot of medication as well as being in and out of the hospital several times. A few years ago I moved into Advanced Congestive Heart Failure which means my heart is too sick for any repairs; in short, I was dying. The only way to live is via a full heart transplant.
I was medi-flighted to University of Washington from OHSU in mid-November to undergo an extensive screening process (to make sure I was cancer-free) in order to be approved for the heart transplant list by a large board at UW as OHSU found my case to be too severe for them to handle.
By the end of 2023 I was approved to be on the list to receive a new heart as I had just weeks to live.
On Friday, January 5, 2024 I was matched and had my heart transplanted that day.
I am currently convalescing in Seattle for the next several months so that I get monitored by the transplant team (heart biopsies, lab work, Dr Appts, etc.).
As you can imagine, there are many costs associated with this surgery including the extra insurance I had to take on to pay for this as hospitals wouldn’t touch me without it, not to mention post-surgical expenses, an apartment rental in Seattle for several months until I can return home to Portland, as well as anti-rejection therapy drugs.
I’ve been too sick to work since I was diagnosed 8 years ago and needed a lawyer to get me on to disability 4 years ago. I’m on fixed income and I depend on monthly Social Security Disability checks and Medicare which does not cover the operation or my post-op needs. So, with that said, I am embarrassed and humbled that I need to reach out and ask for donations.
I am using this non-profit organization called National Foundation for Transplants (transplants.org), to accept donations which is tax-free to me and doesn’t count as income to affect my disability benefits as well as it’s a tax deduction for you due to their non-profit status. This organization will then make payments appropriately; the donations do not go directly to my bank account.
Thank you for understanding and being by my side. I feel fortunate and blessed for any amount you can donate towards my cause. I am seeking a goal of $50k in order to meet most of my needs. Please forward this link to anyone who I may have missed and may want to donate to a tax-deductible cause. Thank you from the bottom of my old sick dying heart and my new and improved healthy heart! Much love and peace - Paul Lomanto
If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the National Foundation for Transplants, 3249 W. Sarazen’s Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Paul Lomanto” in the memo line.
If you have any questions about The National Foundation for Transplants, feel free to contact the staff at 800-489-3863.
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This fundraiser supports
National Foundation for Transplants, Inc.
Organized By Paul Lomanto