3-year-old Kika is diagnosed with “dilated cardiomyopathy”. She has been fighting this illness for 1.5 years with everything she has. At this point, going to the US for a heart transplant is the only option, and the clock is ticking. So, we ask for your donation to make this transplant possible.
Our life turned upside down when our daughter Kika was diagnosed with “dilated cardiomyopathy”.Kika was only one year and 4 months old at the time.We had never heard of this disease and wished that it was some kind of a mistake.
It scared us to watch Kika become weaker and weaker in the hospital. She was the stronger one who was fighting to live and even managed to smile despite her condition. We, as a family, are committed to fighting the illness with her.
Our high hopes for the use of VAD, a mechanical circulatory support device, was quickly lost when we learned that her heart failure was getting worse.It made us realize that Kika’s time is limited. She must have a heart transplant as soon as possible.
We just want what every family hope: to sit around the dinner table and enjoy each other’s company, go for walks, and simply spend time together.
We have decided to seek surgery outside Japan.We recognize that this is a big request, but we would appreciate your support and understanding to help our daughter.
3-year-old Kika was diagnosed with “dilated cardiomyopathy”.She is wearing VAD (Ventricular Assist Device) as a measure to sustain her until a heart transplant is possible.Since being hospitalized over a year and a half ago, she has not been able to return home. During this time, she has overcome many critical moments.
As Kika's mother informed us a few months ago, “Without a transplant, her lifespan is around a year.If there is even a slight chance to save her life, we must seek a way outside the country and get surgery.”As a mother myself, I was devastated to learn about their situation.
Luckily, the family recently heard from New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia that Kika can be admitted for a heart transplant.However, this involves a tremendous amount of both medical care and travel expenses (due to her special medical condition, she is required to travel by a chartered plane).
We believe that her life can be saved with the kind help of others.So, we ask for your kind support to help Kika beat this illness.
Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a disease of heart muscle where it becomes stretched and thin and cannot pump blood effectively as the heart becomes enlarged.Symptoms vary from feeling tired, shortness of breath and may also result in heart failure or sudden death.
* At a rate of 114 yen per dollar.
** Travel expenses includes fees for chartered plane, air tickets, ambulance etc.