On January 16, 2010, I suffered an acute heart attack (the widow maker) and was taken by ambulance to the hospital. I was told that only 10% of the victims of this type of heart attack survive; most die instantly. After evaluation, I was told that my kidneys both failed as a result of the heart attack. A stent was implanted to open a 98% obstruction. I was then placed in the intensive care unit for four days. That evening, I suffered another heart attack and a balloon pump was implanted to artificially keep my heart pumping. This was in place for three days (two days is typical). My family was told that I had a 0%-10% chance of survival. Two days after the pump was implanted, I went into Ventricular Fibrillation (V-Fib) in my sleep (a fatal condition). The ICU staff and my cardiologist worked tirelessly to stabilize my heart. It was stunned and enlarged so badly that the extent of damage could not be evaluated. Having suffered with many more complications, my team of cardiologists determined that 40%-50% of my heart tissue was just scar tissue leaving only 50%-60% of my heart tissue in proper working condition, and my left ventricle is significantly damaged (the cause for V-Fib). So, my team of cardiologist agreed that I needed to have an Implantable Cardiac Device (ICD) implanted to shock my heart (a defibrillator) and bring me back to life. I am at risk of another V-Fib event anytime as well as a heart attack. On July 14, 2010, that device was implanted. I also suffer with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD. Panic attacks and intense anxiety will easily provoke another fatal heart related event. I remain at high risk of another heart attack, and the device is not intended to prevent this from happening. It will only save me from another V-Fib event. I require a car because when the device turns-on, I need to see my doctor immediately, or go directly to the hospital as well as other related needs. Public transportation is not an option because I don't have the energy to wait for it (I sleep 5-7 hours per night and 2-3 hours each afternoon), and they rarely will take me to locations I need to travel to for medical reasons, or to run necessary errands such as to the local food banks, the market and pharmacy. Expensive taxi rides are my only other option depending on the nature of medically necessary travel. Due to my financial situation (I struggle greatly and need to get food from the food banks), and I cannot afford a taxi because my transportation needs are so great. I live alone, and have nobody available to me when I need transportation. It is so critical that I have my own transportation in light of my significant heart tissue loss and daily energy struggles, and all of my transportation needs. I cannot walk very far, and I am on 10 medications: 8 for my heart and two for my PTSD: Valium and Ativan together. Please, please help me. I desperately need it. You are my great hope. Thank you.
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