You can follow updates on Tara-Leigh Cobble's (aka "TLC") open heart surgery and recovery here or by clicking "follow" on TLC's Facebook profile
As many of you know, TLC, D-Group Founder + Leader
, was born with a few major heart defects (more info listed below). A team of cardiac specialists has determined that she needs to undergo a series of heart surgeries to repair (or possibly replace) her aortic valve and repair some of the other major issues.
TLC will be having her 2nd Open Heart Surgery on Thursday, Dec 8 at 7:30am (central time). Her first Open Heart Surgery was on Thursday, September 29). The surgery will be at Heart Hospital Baylor Plano
, and she'll be in the hospital for ~5 days, then recovering for approximately 4-6 weeks afterward. Her sister Sonya will be flying in from Greeneville, TN, to be with her during her stay in the hospital.
The doctors estimate the overall cost to be in the range of $500,000. Fortunately, TLC does have insurance, but it does not cover the entire cost of the surgeries, nor the vast expenses associated with these surgeries, the preliminary testing, rehab/recovery, and follow-up testing. We're aiming to raise 10% of the costs, hoping that will cover the bulk of what she will personally encounter.
If you know TLC, you know she believes every detail matters. So even if you can give $1 to help her with these expenses, it matters
. And even if you're not led to give but are called to pray for her and her family during this time, it matters
. Thank you for being a part of what God is doing in and through her life!
"The Lord is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His works." - Psalm 145:17
TLC's HEART ISSUES:
- bicuspid aortic valve
- aortic insufficiency
- aortic root aneurysm
- aortic coarctation
- aortic dissection risk
- mitral valve prolapse
- ventricular septal defect
- Surgery #1: TEE and heart cath to plan surgeries #2 and #3
- Surgery #2: OHS, dacron sleeve to repair bicuspid aortic valve via sternotomy
- Surgery #3: OHS, graft repair of aortic coarcatiation via thoracotomy
DOCTORS INVOLVED IN SURGERY:
- Dr. Bill Brinkman (lead surgeon)
- Dr. Robert Smith (surgeon)
- Dr. Hema Korlakunta (cardiologist)
- Dr. Randy Marcel (anesthesiologist)
If you'd like to make a contribution to TLC's Heart Fund, you can give on this page or through PayPal
, if you prefer.