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Veterans Affairs has a policy that states that transplant services must take place at a VA approved transplant program. There is a handful across the country, but there are no heart transplant locations in Texas.
The policy also states that the patient must bring a caregiver with them for at least six months. David Conklin, an Army veteran living in Seguin, said his whole family and support system live in Texas.
The 36-year-old veteran deployed to Iraq working as military police but today he’s fighting for his life.
“In the last what week or so I’ve blacked out twice just walking from my room to the kitchen so I mean it sucks,” he said.
Conklin has end stage heart failure. His heart is not pumping very efficiently causing blood to go into other organs like his lungs which make it difficult to breathe. He lives on constant IV medication to sustain a normal blood pressure and has a defibrillator to monitor his heart beat.
Doctors said Conklin needs a ventricle assist device to be installed which would then make him eligible for a transplant. While a doctor at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio is willing to do the operations, the VA won’t provide the funding because their policy states the operation has to take place at a VA approved transplant program.
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To care for those who have borne the battle? So the regulations say this veteran has to have a heart transplant in approved facility, There are none where he lives in Texas. He can get it done at a hospital in San Antonio, but the VA won’t pay because it is not an approved VA transplant program.