On August 5, 2019, my husband (who had never had any health issues) suffered a cardiac arrest during his sleep. He died and was brought back to life. It was not expected for him to live. He received emergency heart surgery and was hospitalized on life support. He received a second heart surgery on August 30th, 2019. He developed the complication of a blood clot, with concern of it dislodging and creating a pulmonary embolism and the concern of an additional blood thinner (in addition to the one for his heart) causing internal bleeding. He has defied the odds and survived. He truly is a miracle! However, he is currently unable to return to work and it is uncertain if he will be able to return in the future. We have two young adopted children ages 5 and 8 that we unexpectedly adopted through the Department of Children and Family Services. They were removed from a family member and would have otherwise gone to Foster Care, with the possibility of being separated as siblings. One child has severe psychological issues due to her life pre adoption and the other child has medical issues and developmental delays due to his life pre adoption. Because of the issues the children faced and their need for stability, love, comfort and care, I became at stay at home mom. We went from two incomes to one, with the bill’s for two. We reside in a two bedroom condominium (as it was just my husband and I prior to unexpectedly adopting the kids). Prior to my husbands cardiac arrest and upon adopting the children, we were hoping to save money to buy a home so that we may provide a bedroom for each child. My husband is 69 yrs old. Due to his condition and his age, I am hoping that he retires from his teaching position. However, due to his condition, he would not be able to tend to our children at this time should I return to work. There would be the expense of before and after school care . In addition to childcare, we are struggling financially with our out of pocket medical co-pays, and our our day-to-day living expenses. My husband feels he has let us down by having a cardiac arrest, not working and the possibility of not being able to return to work and to save the money to purchase a home for our children. Should I return to work and he retire, the income I could make would not be enough to support our family and to save money for a home. I say he is our hero for taking in two children (especially at this age) to raise and love as his own. He is our hero for his will to survive and be here with us now. His first words when he woke were, “I’m not going anywhere. I have two kids to raise”. This is a man to be admired and a true hero. Any financial assistance to help with medical co-pays, childcare, the day-to-day cost of living and a future home for our children would be greatly appreciated. You can donate to:
Our story was aired on ABC 7 Eyewitness News a couple weeks ago. Thank you for your consideration.