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January 7th, 2011
09:12 AM ET

One man's heart-wrenching search for a transplant

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Randall Shepherd is resorting to his own pocket and Facebook to raise money for his heart transplant. Shepherd, a married father of three kids, has lived with a heart problem since his teenage years and was on the list for a transplant…until the Arizona government decided to cut back its funding.

Shepherd is one of about one hundred such victims of October’s AZ budget cuts, which affected only certain types of organ transplants. Two patients who were taken off the list have already died. Having a pre-existing condition has left Shepherd without health insurance, forcing him to pay health care bills out-of-pocket for himself, his wife, and his kids. But, this time, paying the bill is a bit harder: the transplant costs $600,000, 80% of which is covered by Medicaid. Randall Shepherd sat down with Kiran Chetry this morning.

Filed under: Health care
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Wendy

    Hey AZ, stop funding all the babies by illegal aliens! Give that money to taxpaying LEGAL citizens of Arizona. Stop giving money to Illegals!

    January 9, 2011 at 5:37 am |
  2. noldie stedanko

    This is happening just as Dick Cheney is trying to get a heart transplant... this is interresting.

    January 7, 2011 at 11:01 am |