Melissa Wells is awaiting a heart transplant. She is pictured her husband Alex and son Sebastian.
A new mother, her family and friends are working to make it possible for her to watch her young son grow up.
Melissa Wells is fighting for her life as she awaits the heart transplant that’s necessary for her to live.
Melissa is the wife of Alex Wells, a graduate of Albany High School, and the daughter-in-law of Freddie Wells and the late Dave Wells.
Earlier this year, Alex and Melissa Wells welcomed their first child, a little boy whom they named Sebastian. It was only a few days after Sebastian’s birth that Melissa’s heart started to fail.
By Palm Sunday, Melissa was in cardiac shock with all her organs failing. Doctors at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City did open heart surgery to implant a ventricular assist device that now beats Melissa’s heart for her while she awaits a heart transplant. Doctors say a transplant is essential for her survival.
Melissa wants to spend many more years watching her son grow up. To do that, she needs help.
Unfortunately, Melissa’s hope for a new life comes at a very high price.
The average heart transplant costs nearly $1 million. And that’s only the beginning. Even with health coverage, which will cover a portion of the transplant costs, she faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of her life, she will need follow up care and daily anti-rejection medications, which will be as critical to her survival as the transplant.
A fund-raising pancake breakfast will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Oct. 25 at the Albany Presbyterian Church at 205 N. Smith St. Contributions of any size will be accepted at the freewill fund raiser.
Secure online donations using credit cards can be made at http://www.transplants.org/. In the top right-hand corner of the website visitors will see “Find an NFT Patient.” Click there to search for Melissa Wells’ information and learn how to make an online contribution.
Donors may also send a check to the National Foundation for Transplants, Kansas Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Ave., Ste 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Be sure to write “in honor of Melissa Wells” on the memo line of the check. Donations made to Melissa through the NFT are tax deductible. NFT will provide a receipt for donations $25 and over. For more information, contact the staff of NFT by calling 800-489-3863.
Contributions for Melissa’s heart transplant for those who do not need a tax receipt may be sent to Alex Wells, c/o Freddie Wells, P.O. Box 125, Albany, MO, 64402.