Hey fighters, fans and supporters. This is from Dennis` Facebook Page-
Just so people have a better understanding of what happened with Aisha’s surgery yesterday I will explain it. The machine she has been hooked up to for 2 weeks that was keeping her alive was only a temporary measure and it left her immobile and in a lot of pain. They used this machine to save her life initially when she went into cardiac arrest and had to leave her on it to buy time for a plan. Her best option would have been to get a heart, but since a heart didn’t come in time and the fact that she may have to wait months and months, maybe even years for a heart the doctors had to do something. All of the normal measures they would take in this situation had to be thrown out because of her unique situation. Aisha already has a 10 year old transplanted heart and uniquely small chest cavity which eliminated her as a candidate for any artificial hearts. Dr. Massey and his team here at Rochester had to come up with an unconventional plan and hope they could find a way to bridge her over until she could receive a heart transplant. So, they came up with an idea to use Jarvik 2000 pumps in a way they have never been used before. The Jarvik pump is normally used and was developed for use on patients with heart failure for the left side of the heart. Until yesterday never have they used 2 pumps on one heart, let alone an already transplanted heart. Dr. Massey had to get special permission from Dr. Jarvik, the inventor, and have it approved by the FDA in order to do this first ever surgical procedure in the United States. Because this was the only way they could save Aisha’s life it was approved and Dr. Jarvik himself came to Rochester to assist in the surgery. The surgery took close to 10 hours and was a success. Her life will be a little different now. She has wires that come out of her side that attach to a battery pack that powers the pumps. She will no longer have a pulse as her heart doesn’t pump anymore and her blood pressure is measured by one number unlike normal people who have a top and bottom number. Things like showering and simple activities will be different for her but she is alive and expected to make a full recovery.
Dennis Brown, recently fought at the Big Bully Sports Nutrition “Get In The Cage!” event in Niles.
“Aisha is currently sedated until they have a heart and or a plan of action for her. I am asking that everyone can contribute to raising money to help pay for these outrageous medical bills so she can receive the care she needs to survive. Nobody should be worrying about if they will live to see their next day at 20 years old. ”
She just went through her surgery and we’d like to support our fight community and support Dennis and Aisha. Any amount will be of great help! This community is great, and we’re all part of the MMA family sharing a passion, drive, trials and experiences no one else does. Let’s pull together and help one of our family!