KINGMAN - Local resident Jeanne Hunt is asking the community to have a heart. That's because her husband Marty, 57, needs a new one.
Marty suffered his first heart attack in 1995 and has since been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. Currently on no fewer than 14 daily medications, Marty's most recent hospital stays were in February and May for acute decompensated heart failure.
"Currently, he has a defibrillator and a pacemaker in his chest," Jeanne said. "We know for sure he needs a heart transplant, but we don't know yet if he needs a heart and lung."
The Hunts' only current source of income is through Social Security Disability.
And between house payments, car payments and the cost of daily living, they have enough trouble making ends meet as is. When they finally go down to Phoenix for Marty's heart transplant - or Tuscon, if it turns out he needs a lung transplant as well - they'll have to pay for lodging the entire time they wait to see if Marty's body accepts the new organs.
"He'll be in the hospital for at least a month and we'll have to stay in town for at least three months," Jeanne said.
"I can't make two house payments and a car payment, I can't do it. I just don't have the money."
The Hunts are turning to Kingman for help. Jeanne has set up a collection for Marty at the VFW Post 10386 at 3036 John L Ave.
To make a contribution, or for more information, call Jeanne at (928) 757-5354.