Fifty-year-old Pat Sampson is hooked up to a oxygen pumping machine 24 hours a day, seven days a week. She has already been tested for a lung transplant at INOVA hospital in Fairfax, and qualified, but the problem is money.
"I have two lungs, both are in bad shape. I think they told me I have 20-percent of my breathing capacity," says Sampson.
Sampson has had extensive testing done at INOVA Hospital in Fairfax and in October doctors informed her that there is a lung available for her.
She was overjoyed by the news, but now worries that it may not become a reality.
"My insurance will cover so much of it but then I have to pay a large sum," says Sampson. The surgery is estimated to cost somewhere between 250,000 to 300,000.
And, after the lung gets replaced, she would have to be on prescription medication the rest of her life.
If you would like to help, please send a check to.
Pat Sampson Fund for Lung Transplant
to: Rockingham Heritage Bank
P.O. Box 352
Harrisonburg, VA 22803]