#IHeartRogerMcCarrick campaign launched to help fundraise for a heart transplant
Roger McCarrick, at 49 years old, is soon to have a heart transplant in the USA. He was born and reared in London and as a very young baby had one of the very first pioneering heart surgery operations at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. He is a shining example of the pioneering work that has been undertaken at GOSH – though he now needs a new heart.
It was his mother who first noticed that Roger was very ‘blue looking’ as a baby. He was tested and it was discovered his heart was not working properly and that he was born with transposition of the great arteries (TGA). The operation at GOSH saved his life.
Roger was eight years old when the McCarrick family moved from London to Ireland. He pretty much had a normal life though had to have regular check-ups in Irish and British hospitals.
He went on to have a strong youth; he excelled at school and University where he studied Science.
He later moved to the USA to take up work at the Jocelyn Centre at Harvard.
In his 30s, Roger underwent a second surgery to address new issues that had developed. Most TGA patients begin to slowly develop heart failure in their 30s and 40s, and Roger’s problems began in 2013 when he was 47. He started to feel short of breath and fatigued, and began to retain fluid.
Doctors now say a heart transplant is essential to his survival.
The average heart transplant costs nearly $1 million – and Roger’s health insurance will cover this but won’t cover aftercare. Roger must temporarily relocate more than 100 miles from his home to be near the hospital during recovery, incurring substantial expenses for travel, food and lodging.
The National Foundation for Transplants in California have encouraged his family to fundraise – hence they are hoping to raise $50,000 and are already 14% there even though the campaign is only a few weeks old.
The campaign is called #IHeartRogerMcCarrick and can be found on Facebook and on Twitter at @RogerMcCarrick1
— Jaki McCarrick (@jakimccarrick) November 22, 2015
Here is the patient page for Roger: