Health News

Health News

 
text size

Local woman brings awareness to heart disease and donor program

Updated: Thursday, February 13 2014, 06:45 PM CST
February is National Heart Month bring awareness to heart disease.

About 3,000 people in the U S  are on the waiting list for a heart transplant.

And only around 2,000 donor hearts are available each year.
  
The wait can vary from days to months.
"According to the Centers for Disease Control every 10 minutes someone is added to the national donor list.
   
And each day, an average of 79 people receive organ transplants.
But 18 people die every day waiting for transplants that can't take place because of the shortage of donated organs."

Keith Free  "It's a realization that you don't have before because you always think it's someone else's child and you try to help other people and you realize one day it's our turn."
   
Keith Free's 22 year old daughter Katlyn is on the donor list waiting for a heart..
"You try not to worry and you try to do what you need to do for your kids."

"You feel like you are waiting for somebody else to die just so you can live and I've really had to put that into perspective whether I need this heart or not God's going to make that person live or die you know, so I've really had to put it in his hands and pray about it a lot."
   
When Katlyn was 13 a sports physical led to the detection of her enlarged heart..
Since then she's had heart issues..

Katlyn Free  "I've had open heart surgery, I've had stitches, I've had pain that I've never experienced, so it's been a rough ride."
   
In December things slowly got worse and she was sent to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville for further testing.
   
She was admitted on January 5th and then placed on the donor list 5 days later.
But her body couldn't wait on a heart donor...

"I needed the LVAD to survive. I couldn't make it another day without it, so he said the plus side of is is all my other organs can heal, so once I do get the heart transplant it will be that much easier to recover."
   
The LVAD is not a permeant fix she's still in need of a new heart..
"It's basically a big waiting game it's not necessarily if I don't get it or if I do get it's when will I get it."
   
Katlyn's mother Terry has stayed by her side the entire time and they've decided to document Katlyns journey by posting updates and picture to her Facebook page.

"My mom always says you know you can cry about it now, but come back from it as long as you come back from it

Terry Free  "She's my hero."
Katlyn hopes she can inspire at least one person to become an organ donor..

"It's a gift and you're giving somebody the gift of life."
"Becoming a donor is easy, You can sign up at the DMV when you get your drivers license  to learn more log onto our website at weartv.com and click on Newlinks. Or you can click here to go there now.  
http://www.donors1.org/learn2/organs/heart/

Local woman brings awareness to heart disease and donor program


Advertise with us!

Health Watch

  [ - ] Video Stories Only  [ - ] Text Stories Only  [ + ] Show All

ABC National Health News

Ebola-Stricken Doc Gives ‘Experimental Serum’ to Coworker
Kent Brantly was treating Ebola patients in Liberia
Mom Raises Money to Fund Son's 'Smile' Surgery
Maddox Perales can't smile because of genetic condition.
Tennessee Teen, Once Bitten, Now Scared of Spiders
Most bites from brown recluse spiders go unnoticed, experts say. But not the one that turned Jessica Blessing’s leg blue.
US Warns Against Traveling to Ebola-Hit Countries
US issues highest-level travel warning for 3 west African countries over Ebola.
Why 6 Seconds of Exercise Can Be as Worthwhile as 90 Minutes
When it comes to exercise, even a little can go a long way.
How the US Government Could Evacuate Americans With Ebola
See the "plastic tent" in a plane that could fly infected Americans out of Africa.
Warm Water Sparks Flesh-Eating Disease Warning in Florida
Florida health officials are warning beachgoers about a seawater bacterium that can invade cuts and scrapes and cause flesh-eating disease.
Peace Corps Pulling Volunteers From Ebola-Affected Countries
The aid group Samaritan's Purse is pulling nonessential personnel out of West Africa after two workers contracted Ebola.
Ebola, Spreading in Africa, Could Land in US
An Ebola outbreak that has killed at least 672 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone could land in the U.S., health officials said.
Top Sierra Leone Doctor Dies of Ebola
Dr. Shek Umar contracted the virus while helping others.
Generation of Tanners See Spike in Deadly Melanoma
Surgeon General: Skin cancer rates spike after generation of sunbathing, tanning beds
Fist Bumps Less Germy Than Handshakes, Study Says
Maybe athletes and President Obama are on to something.
What We Don’t Know About Lethal Injection Drugs
Drug doses and suppliers are sometimes kept secret, experts say.
Fear of Flying Amplified by Flurry of Air Disasters
Experts say flying can be 'perfect storm' for phobias.
Cards, and Love, Keep Pouring In for Little Boy Battling Cancer
Over 15,000 cards have been mailed to Danny Nickerson, the five-year-old battling cancer who is turning six tomorrow.
Report Raises Safety Questions on Popular Blood Thinner
Pradaxa has been linked to bleeding complications.
Cancer Lessons I Learned From a Fictional Teenage Boy
That love scene from "The Fault in Our Stars" is so intense.
How Hotter Summers Are Putting Swimmers at Risk
As families flock to pools and lakes to cool off, experts are warning about a risky consequence of climate change: waterborne disease.
Watch: 25 New Cases of Chikungunya in New Jersey
New Jersey residents who just returned from travel in the Caribbean reportedly have brought back the mosquito-carried virus.
Watch: NCAA Settles Class-Action Head Injury Lawsuit
The NCAA will create a $70 million fund to diagnose athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma while playing contact sports.
Watch: American Doctor Undergoing Treatment After Testing Positive for Ebola
Dr. Kent Brantly came into contact with the deadly virus while treating Ebola patients in Liberia.
7 Odd Reasons You Bruise Easily
There are plenty of reasons for easy bruising, the discoloration caused by a trauma that ruptured blood vessels just under the skin. Check out the surprising explanations behind your sore spots and learn which ones are harmless and which ones need attention.
11 Foods That Make You Hungrier
Feeling hungry? You should eat. But what if the foods you're eating actually make you hungrier than you were before you dug in? It's a more common conundrum than you might think.
14 Ways to Fight Hair Loss
Just because thinning is natural doesn't mean you have to accept it.
7 Subtle Signs You’re Drinking Too Much
How can you tell if you’re developing a problem? Not all the clues are the same for all people, but here are common signs you could be headed for trouble—and how to turn it around.
 

Enrollment for healthcare exchanges as part of healthcare reform begins October 1 in states where exchanges will be set up. Expect special reports each week from us about what you need to know about 'Obamacare' and the ongoing political fight about its future.

To Learn More About Health Care Reform, Click Here

Navigation

Sacred Heart Health System - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Sacred Heart Cardiology - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Sacred Heart Cancer Center - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Sacred Heart Orthopedics - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Coastal Vein Institute - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
The Endoscopy Center - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Coastal Vascular & Interventional - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Stand Up Open MRI - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Advertise with us!

Tonight on ABC 3

06:30PM Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
07:00PM Grey's Anatomy
08:00PM Grey's Anatomy
09:00PM Black Box
10:00PM Channel 3 News

Complete ABC 3 Schedule