Samantha Remington has always been a fighter. It’s a good thing as her battles began before her birth in 1992. Early in her mother’s pregnancy, a deadly virus attacked major organs in the developing fetus at a most critical time. Sam was born five weeks early and was rushed into surgery to remove a choledochal cyst that was wrapped around most of her internal organs. While still recovering at Denver’s Children’s Hospital it was discovered that her heart was defective. Sam would not live to see her first birthday unless she received a new heart. At four months of age she received a life-saving heart transplant.
Samantha led a relatively normal life until age fourteen when she required corrective spinal fusion surgery for scoliosis. She recovered and resumed the life of a normal teenager when her next deadly challenge arose. In January of 2010 a routine heart catheterization showed her transplanted heart was starting to fail and that she would shortly need a second heart transplant. In May 2010, her symptoms suddenly became acute, and she was listed for another life-saving heart transplant.
Miraculously she waited only five days before she received this second gift of life. She and her entire family will be forever grateful to the two families who, while suffering extreme grief, decided to donate healthy organs so others may live.
Until recently, Samantha’s parents have been able to pay her mounting medical bills. However, the financial burden of this second heart transplant is compounded because, like so many people in this current economic environment, Sam’s father lost his job. Samantha is covered by health insurance, but it is short-term, has a high co-pay requirement, and the premiums are expensive.
Over the years, Samantha has made many visits to Children’s Hospital and has observed many children and their families suffering through heart-breaking trauma. Samantha has expressed her desire to help children and young adults financially and with other support and encouragement from the perspective of one who understands their difficulties.
The Samantha Angel Heart Foundation has been established to provide help and support to Samantha and other transplant families with their medical debts and other counseling and support. Organ transplantation is a very costly procedure with both before and after hospitalization, lifetime treatment and expensive medication. These costs can easily overwhelm even the most financially secure family.
The members of The Samantha Remington Angel Heart Foundation know and understand that Samantha will continue to deal with her ongoing health problems with the bravery and resiliency emblematic of her life. Without the miracle of organ donation and the skill and dedication of doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals, no one would have ever known our beautiful Samantha. This foundation is dedicated to assisting Sam and others like her fight the good fight. All proceeds will go to payment of the medical expenses of these heroes.