Miracle Man Waits for Second Heart Transplant

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Due to a heart defect diagnosed at birth in 1977, Charles Wesley Washington, III would eventually require a heart transplant. After nearly 2 years on the transplant list in Phoenix, Arizona, Chad's team at the Mayo Clinic decided he would have better chances in the transplant program at UCLA. Chad relocated to Los Angeles in December 2011 and was almost immediately admitted to UCLA Ronald Reagan Hospital with a 1A Status - that's top of the list!

After 32 days in the hospital and several false alarms, Chad, as he is affectionately known, received a heart in February of 2012. In May 2012, Chad rejoined his wife, Kara, and son, Amare back in Phoenix. Unfortunately, a few scant weeks later Chad's clinic results revealed a host of unforeseen medical complications that would ultimately cause Chad to reject the heart in mid-October.

On October 29, 2012, UCLA's Cardiac team replaced the failed transplant with a mechanical heart. A bridge to transplant, those with mechanical hearts are usually hospitalized and tethered to a large machine (think file cabinet) responsible for pumping the heart. While this technology is not new, this was the first time that UCLA implanted the device with a portable pump - the inventing physician even helicoptered in to assist in the surgery. UCLA was abuzz for weeks as nurses, clinicians and other staff were trained on the machine. The team was thrilled when Chad was ready to be discharged with the portable pump (Syncardia's Freedom Driver).

After our parents were trained in sterile technique for the daily bandage change and certified as caregivers for the mechanical heart and portable pump (meaning they had the responsibility of changing battery, tubing, and filter should a malfunction occur), Chad returned home to my parents' home on December 9, 2012.

Santa definitely stopped in Los Angeles last winter. Amare and Kara spent their Christmas and New Year holidays in Los Angeles with Chad!! A much needed respite, Chad's energy and spirit were renewed with this infusion of family.

By now the Cardiac team at UCLA had determined the cause of the rejection and devised a plan to circumvent the problem. Chad was re-hospitalized in mid-January 2013 to prepare him to be re-listed at the earliest possible date - one year from the original transplant.

Things did not go to plan. 6 weeks and a plethora of complications later, Chad is still in the hospital, waiting patiently on his team to reach a decision about next steps. Will they send him home to build up strength and red blood cells in advance of a transplant OR will they re-list him for a transplant at once?

Many of the clinicians and other staff often remark on what a stellar patient Chad is. He rarely complains, doesn't make ridiculous requests, braves procedure after procedure with a smile and knows the food service staff by name. Chad's positive attitude and faith have never wavered. I am astounded by his fortitude and profound capability for patience.


In the very beginning of this process, Cardiac team members emphasized the importance of emotional and familial support. We took this recommendation very seriously. Hardly a day goes by that Chad doesn’t have a visitor. One or both of my parents visits nearly every day. My father, Charles Jr., spent every night with Chad after the implantation of the mechanical heart until his discharge – that’s over 40 nights!

Unfortunately, relocation for Chad's family is not an option. However, Kara and Amare visit as frequently as finances and work allow. Kara and Amare do hard duty; sometimes they go directly to the hospital after flying in at 9pm on a Friday and depart at 5am on a Monday so that they arrive at work and school on time. Their efforts are well worth it. Chad is always buoyed after a weekend visit with his nuclear family. Their presence deepens and strengthens Chad’s resolve.


We appreciate donations of any size to help ease the financial burden of this chronic illness on Chad’s family.

As you might imagine, Chad's medical bills are astounding. Fortunately, their insurance covers the majority of this expense, but they are still responsible for a portion. Additionally, Chad’s medications (at one point Chad was taking 20 pills a day) are very expensive and their insurance does not cover it entirely.

But mostly, I set up this page because I see the benefit of Amare and Kara’s visits for Chad. I want them to be here as much as possible. After a visit, Chad’s smile is brighter and his determination to survive and thrive is increased. We are confident that Chad will receive the Right Heart at the Right Time!

You have my sincere gratitude for taking the time to learn about Chad’s unparalleled journey.

I HEART TEAM CHAD!!

Love and Light,
Giavanni Washington
Chad’s Big Sis!

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  • Giavanni Washington
    2013-09-06 20:48:17

    Chad made his transition on August 17, 2013. This site is now no longer active. To contact the family, please email: i.heart.teamchad@gmail.com

  • Giavanni Washington
    2013-04-05 01:51:13

    TEAM CHAD!! We HEART YOU! Chad is officially back on the transplant list. We are so appreciative of everyone's support on this journey. We are very looking forward to a successful new chapter! Words of the Day (borrowed from wife Kara!): RIGHT HEART at the RIGHT TIME!

  • Giavanni Washington
    2013-04-02 05:42:16

    I *SO* HEART TEAM CHAD!! After a phenomenal Easter celebration (read: Chad was on them oxtails!), I am pleased to announced that with unposted and offline donations we are $91 from EIGHT THOUSAND DOLLARS! Words of the Day: SMILE ON CHAD'S FACE!!!!

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Hi! I'm Giavanni and I HEART TEAM CHAD!

I'm raising funds to support my incredible, inspiring brother. Navigating uncharted medical territory, Chad is facing significant physical and emotional hardship away from his wife and son. He's had a heart condition all of his life and he rejected the heart transplant that he finally received last year.

The medical team at UCLA implanted a mechanical heart with a portable pump as a bridge to the next transplant, but Chad's multiple medical conditions are giving them a run for their money. He has spent a total of 11 months here in LA (in the hospital for 6 of those months), while his son and wife visit when possible from Arizona.

I'm raising money to offer them financial relief from this emotionally taxing and seemingly never ending battle.

Light and Love,
Chad's Big Sis!


Questions? Email: i.heart.teamchad@gmail.com

For more info on organ donation: www.donatelife.org

For more information about Chad's device go here: www.syncardia.com


  • $ 320
    Beverly Browning
    5 years

    This is given by Beverly and John Browning and Charles and Lara Scott for Chad, Kara, and Amarie.

  • $ 26
    Anonymous
    5 years

    Thank you

  • $ 100
    A Moreen
    5 years

    No Comment

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Miracle Man Waits for Second Heart Transplant

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About This Cause

Due to a heart defect diagnosed at birth in 1977, Charles Wesley Washington, III would eventually require a heart transplant. After nearly 2 years on the transplant list in Phoenix, Arizona, Chad's team at the Mayo Clinic decided he would have better chances in the transplant program at UCLA. Chad relocated to Los Angeles in December 2011 and was almost immediately admitted to UCLA Ronald Reagan Hospital with a 1A Status - that's top of the list!

After 32 days in the hospital and several false alarms, Chad, as he is affectionately known, received a heart in February of 2012. In May 2012, Chad rejoined his wife, Kara, and son, Amare back in Phoenix. Unfortunately, a few scant weeks later Chad's clinic results revealed a host of unforeseen medical complications that would ultimately cause Chad to reject the heart in mid-October.

On October 29, 2012, UCLA's Cardiac team replaced the failed transplant with a mechanical heart. A bridge to transplant, those with mechanical hearts are usually hospitalized and tethered to a large machine (think file cabinet) responsible for pumping the heart. While this technology is not new, this was the first time that UCLA implanted the device with a portable pump - the inventing physician even helicoptered in to assist in the surgery. UCLA was abuzz for weeks as nurses, clinicians and other staff were trained on the machine. The team was thrilled when Chad was ready to be discharged with the portable pump (Syncardia's Freedom Driver).

After our parents were trained in sterile technique for the daily bandage change and certified as caregivers for the mechanical heart and portable pump (meaning they had the responsibility of changing battery, tubing, and filter should a malfunction occur), Chad returned home to my parents' home on December 9, 2012.

Santa definitely stopped in Los Angeles last winter. Amare and Kara spent their Christmas and New Year holidays in Los Angeles with Chad!! A much needed respite, Chad's energy and spirit were renewed with this infusion of family.

By now the Cardiac team at UCLA had determined the cause of the rejection and devised a plan to circumvent the problem. Chad was re-hospitalized in mid-January 2013 to prepare him to be re-listed at the earliest possible date - one year from the original transplant.

Things did not go to plan. 6 weeks and a plethora of complications later, Chad is still in the hospital, waiting patiently on his team to reach a decision about next steps. Will they send him home to build up strength and red blood cells in advance of a transplant OR will they re-list him for a transplant at once?

Many of the clinicians and other staff often remark on what a stellar patient Chad is. He rarely complains, doesn't make ridiculous requests, braves procedure after procedure with a smile and knows the food service staff by name. Chad's positive attitude and faith have never wavered. I am astounded by his fortitude and profound capability for patience.


In the very beginning of this process, Cardiac team members emphasized the importance of emotional and familial support. We took this recommendation very seriously. Hardly a day goes by that Chad doesn’t have a visitor. One or both of my parents visits nearly every day. My father, Charles Jr., spent every night with Chad after the implantation of the mechanical heart until his discharge – that’s over 40 nights!

Unfortunately, relocation for Chad's family is not an option. However, Kara and Amare visit as frequently as finances and work allow. Kara and Amare do hard duty; sometimes they go directly to the hospital after flying in at 9pm on a Friday and depart at 5am on a Monday so that they arrive at work and school on time. Their efforts are well worth it. Chad is always buoyed after a weekend visit with his nuclear family. Their presence deepens and strengthens Chad’s resolve.


We appreciate donations of any size to help ease the financial burden of this chronic illness on Chad’s family.

As you might imagine, Chad's medical bills are astounding. Fortunately, their insurance covers the majority of this expense, but they are still responsible for a portion. Additionally, Chad’s medications (at one point Chad was taking 20 pills a day) are very expensive and their insurance does not cover it entirely.

But mostly, I set up this page because I see the benefit of Amare and Kara’s visits for Chad. I want them to be here as much as possible. After a visit, Chad’s smile is brighter and his determination to survive and thrive is increased. We are confident that Chad will receive the Right Heart at the Right Time!

You have my sincere gratitude for taking the time to learn about Chad’s unparalleled journey.

I HEART TEAM CHAD!!

Love and Light,
Giavanni Washington
Chad’s Big Sis!

CREATED BY:

Giavanni Washington

Contact me
Hi! I'm Giavanni and I HEART TEAM CHAD!

I'm raising funds to support my incredible, inspiring brother. Navigating uncharted medical territory, Chad is facing significant physical and emotional hardship away from his wife and son. He's had a heart condition all of his life and he rejected the heart transplant that he finally received last year.

The medical team at UCLA implanted a mechanical heart with a portable pump as a bridge to the next transplant, but Chad's multiple medical conditions are giving them a run for their money. He has spent a total of 11 months here in LA (in the hospital for 6 of those months), while his son and wife visit when possible from Arizona.

I'm raising money to offer them financial relief from this emotionally taxing and seemingly never ending battle.

Light and Love,
Chad's Big Sis!


Questions? Email: i.heart.teamchad@gmail.com

For more info on organ donation: www.donatelife.org

For more information about Chad's device go here: www.syncardia.com


+Hide - Recent Posts
  • Giavanni Washington
    2013-09-06 20:48:17

    Chad made his transition on August 17, 2013. This site is now no longer active. To contact the family, please email: i.heart.teamchad@gmail.com

  • Giavanni Washington
    2013-04-05 01:51:13

    TEAM CHAD!! We HEART YOU! Chad is officially back on the transplant list. We are so appreciative of everyone's support on this journey. We are very looking forward to a successful new chapter! Words of the Day (borrowed from wife Kara!): RIGHT HEART at the RIGHT TIME!

  • Giavanni Washington
    2013-04-02 05:42:16

    I *SO* HEART TEAM CHAD!! After a phenomenal Easter celebration (read: Chad was on them oxtails!), I am pleased to announced that with unposted and offline donations we are $91 from EIGHT THOUSAND DOLLARS! Words of the Day: SMILE ON CHAD'S FACE!!!!

  • $ 320
    Beverly Browning
    5 years

    This is given by Beverly and John Browning and Charles and Lara Scott for Chad, Kara, and Amarie.

  • $ 26
    Anonymous
    5 years

    Thank you

  • $ 100
    A Moreen
    5 years

    No Comment

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