Roswell community supports woman in need of heart transplant

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE)- People in Roswell are rallying behind a young mother who’s in a fight for her life. She needs a new heart, but there’s a good chance that will never happen.

Sarah Bradley is just 27-years-old. She says her chances of getting a new heart are only about 1% but people are doing everything they can to increase those odds.

Everyone’s heart beat sounds a little different, but in Bradley’s case it’s more of a hum. That’s because she has a device implanted that helps her failing heart pump blood to the rest of her body.

Bradley works as an event coordinator at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. She found out she had a rare heart condition called peripartum cardiomyopathy when she was pregnant with her second son.

“I started feeling pain that was radiating on my left side, all the way up to my face,” said Bradley.

She had her device put in after her son was born but it won’t work forever. What Bradley really needs is a new heart.

“I just want to get better for my boys, but I know, I know, that that’s not something that I can handle, that it’s not in my hands,” said Bradley.

Bradley is on the waiting list for a new heart but doctors say her antibody count is too high. “I am not a good candidate for a heart they say I have about a 1% chance of having a heart right now,” she said.

Bradley is working with doctors now to clean out her blood to move her higher up on the list. She says that since being diagnosed her life has changed drastically.

“It went from being on our own, you know us three, expecting another kid, to having to move back in with my parents, to be able to pay our bill, to be able to take care of our boys,” she said.

Now, supporters have set up a GoFundMe page for her and people in Roswell are using social media to remind everyone the importance of being an organ donor.

“My work, my husband’s work, the community that have donated their time, their money you know helping us out, we just truly appreciate it. Words will never be able to describe how thankful we are for everything that they have done for us,” said Bradley.

Bradley’s husband is a Roswell Police officer. She says their co-workers have even been donating their own vacation days to the Bradley’s when Sarah has to take time off for treatment.

If you would like to check out the Go Fundme page, click here.

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