"I'm not the type of person to reach out to the public for help," Amber Weiser told me, her soft voice dropping to hold back tears, "but I just don't know what to do."
Weiser's brother was rushed to the emergency room on Nov. 9th on what started out as a pretty normal day and now his life is in grave danger.
Zeke Kendall, a 19-year-old Orange Coast College student who'd been recovering from the flu, went to work at Barnes and Noble by South Coast Plaza only to be sent home by his manager that evening because his lips were turning blue.
When Kendall managed to get to Hoag Hospital he had a body temperature of 94 degrees and seemed to be experiencing similar symptoms to hypothermia. His blood pressure was undetectable. His family was hugely relieved when two days later an open bed was found in the ICU at UCLA Medical Center and he was rushed over.
Tests show that Kendall's heart is enlarged because of a blood clot, and that a heart transplant is necessary to save his life.
This sort of dramatic health problem out of nowhere and in someone so young is rare, but Weiser said that Kendall's biological mother (he was adopted at one week old) had similar problems on her side of the family.
Kendall is reportedly at the top of the donor list and will hopefully receive a transplant soon.
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But medical expense will be enormous and if Kendall survives this battle he will have to get a new transplant every 10 to 15 years. His family has started a Facebook page and fundraiser to help bring good vibes and raise money.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Zeke and his family.