A total of JPY 160 million is needed for make a heart transplant surgery abroad. Help us to save the boy by making a donation! The targeted amount of this fund-raising is JPY 160 million (equivalent to USD 1.3 million).
Kohsuke is a Japanese boy who lives in Kyoto. One year ago, he got a serious heart illness, called, ‘Restrictive Cardiomyopathy (RCM)’. RCM is a condition in which the walls of the heart become rigid and loose their flexibility. In the case of children, approximately 50% lose their lives within two years after the diagnosis. The only cure is to get a heart transplant. Unfortunately, there is no hope to get a heart transplant in Japan for children with RCM. Heart donation from children was started in 2010 inside Japan, but still the number of donations is very small. There is a very long waiting list, and the temporary use of a ventricular assist device is almost the only way to get a heart transplant in Japan, but children RCM patients cannot use such device. So their big hope is to get a heart transplant in the USA, where the number of heart donations from children is far higher and so the waiting list is much shorter. Fortunately, the Loma Linda University Medical Center accepts Kohsuke in their heart transplant program.
In order to receive the transplant surgery, Kohsuke and his parents need to use a large amount of money. The total cost of a heart transplant in the USA is estimated to be 160 million yen (1.3 million dollars). Therefore, we have organized a fund-raising group to support the costs and expenses they need.
Please lend your hand to save the little boy with the incurable disease!
Please give Kohsuke a bright future!
Deposit for transplant surgery* : JPY 127 million
Reserve fund (used for treatment costs for sudden changes in the condition): JPY 13.5 million
Travel expenses (including transport costs of doctors and medical equipment): JPY 13 million
Expenses during stay**: JPY 5 million
Office associated expenses***: JPY 1.5 million
Total targeted amount: JPY 160 million
*Assuming the exchange rate of USD 1 = JPY 127. The deposit covers pre-transplant medical services, transplant surgery, after-transplant follow-up care while in Loma Linda. Patients who receive heart transplant surgery abroad need to put a large amount of deposit for transplant surgery since no medical insurance coverage is available.
**Prepared for payments such as accommodation fee, rent for an apartment, transportation expenses and other costs that are incurred during the stay in the United States.
*** Include office rent, utility charges, handout printing costs, traffic expenses, communication expenses and other expendables necessary for the office work, etc.
The fund-raising activities are done by volunteers and they are not compensated.
Name: Kohsuke Kataza
Age: 4 (born May, 2011)
Likes: Trains, trains, trains...! Also, picture books, building blocks, origami (paper folding)
He often says, “When I grow up, I can do XX! “, believing that he grows up like his parents! Please help him fulfill his dreams!