Ava Lengsavath needs help for her heart transplant

Ava Lengsavath is desperately waiting for a heart  transplant at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She was recently featured on the news. You can visit her gofundme for further details and updates.

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Two weeks leading up to her diagnosis, Ava started to have difficulty  walking due to being very fatigued. During  this  time,  her  parents noticed  that  her  stomach   was more  swollen  than  usual  and  her mood  changed  Ava  went  from  being  a  social and happy little girl to detaching herself from family and friends.

On December 23, 2016 she was admitted into the ER at the Children’s Hospital  in St. Paul and was diagnosed with Restrictive Cardiomyopathy & Diastolic Heart Failure.  The ventricles of her heart expanded and filled with blood  which  means  her  heart  can’t  pump  blood properly. It  usually  leads  to  heart failure. Ava was then immediately transported to the Minneapolis Children’s Hospital.  The  next  day,  doctors  did  a  biopsy  on  her  heart,  MRI’s,  CT  Scans,  Echogram  and  blood  work.  Her  diagnosis  was   confirmed- Restrictive Cardiomyopathy. She  was  discharged  from  the  hospital  a  few  days  later.

While  home,  she  suffered  a   stroke  and  lost  the  use  of  her  left  arm  and  leg.  With  extensive physical  therapy,  they  will  try  and  restore movement, but the doctors think the transplant will help regain strength better.   After receiving treatment at the Minneapolis Children’s Hospital, she was given a heart specialist and was referred to the Mayo Clinic. On May 10, 2017, her heart was filling up too much so the doctors put her on an ECMO machine. She will need to  stay on it until she receives a new  heart.

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