• Petitioned Children's hospital of Pittsburgh Cardiologists and Transplant Commitee

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Children's hospital of Pittsburgh Cardiologists and Transplant Commitee

Give our brother a heart

    1. Jill Morinello
    2. Petition by

      Jill Morinello

      Pittsburgh, PA

February 2013


Jill Morinello: On Wednesday February.13,2013 our brother Ricky received a heart transplant!! Our family is so thankful that he has been given a second chance at life. So far Ricky is doing really well and we are praying that his health keeps getting better!! We want to thank everyone that has signed this petition for him. We also want to thank all of the doctors, nurses, social workers, anesthesiologists, and everyone else that has helped with Ricky along the way at both UPMC Presby and at Children's Hospital. Ricky getting a new heart is such a blessing to both him, us as his family, and all of his friends. Please continue to pray for Ricky. Again thank you for signing his petition!!

Our brother was born with heterotaxy, dextrocardia, right atrial isomerism, unbalanced AVSD, congenital pulm sterosis, asplenia, and he's in congestive heart failure. He's 21 years old and has beat the odds all of his life. Although he has always been limited on what he can do he never let that hold him back. About 4 weeks Ricky started having trouble getting around. He would get out of breathe walking to the bathroom, He was having really bad pain in his right leg, and he was sleeping a lot more than usual. So he went to see his cardiologist and ended up getting admitted to the hospital because he was in severe heart failure. A couple days into his stay we were told that he was no longer on the transplant list because he had missed some doctor appointments and he had told his doctor when he was feeling well that he wasn't ready for a heart transplant not knowing that his body was failing him. Ricky is now in dyer need of a transplant. He's on two different medicines to help his heart pump and he's on a blood thinner because an MRI showed 3 very small strokes and they believed the strokes were caused by his thick blood. A new heart is his only option. A Commitee should not be aloud to play god and decide who gets a heart. Please help us get our brothers story out there and hopefully it'll help him get a new heart and it'll help shine some light on people in general being denied organ transplants because they don't fit the profile the cardiologists put together.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Jill Morinello PITTSBURGH, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      Ricky has finally got a second chance at life!! He had his heart transplant yesterday 2-13-13

    • Robyn Pruski WILDWOOD, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      For a good friend who is inh desperate need of a heart

    • Kathy Gibson PITTSBURGH, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I know him all his life I think he should get a new heart a nice happy young man always wanting to be in the go doing things in life so please help him

    • jodell harangozo PITTSBURGH, PA
      • almost 2 years ago


    • sondra rector PITTSBURGH, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      It is my brother and he deserves a chance who are the doctors to refuse him.


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