Barbara Fudge dedicated many years of her life to helping others as a volunteer firefighter, emergency medical technician, and American Red Cross disaster response volunteer in Chemung County.
She’s very dedicated to her community, and never wanting to take a break – but unfortunately, her heart made the decision for her.
“We reevaluated the severity of the heart failure and realized that her heart function had significantly declined,” said Dr. Himabindu Vidula, UR Medicine Transplant Cardiologist. “She had a structural abnormality with her heart, and when the heart function declines, the heart tries to compensate by increasing in size, by enlarging.”
Fudge’s heart was failing her and she was in need of a new one – but she wasn’t giving up hope.
On December 11, her prayers were answered at UR Medicine’s Strong Memorial Hospital. They had found her a heart!
According to Dr. Vidula, Fudge was very lucky to get a heart in such short time – and that it was even more rare that it turned out to be a very good match for her.
Fudge is still in recovery, but is doing exceptionably well with the rehabilitation. Dr. Vidula says she should be able to go home – just in time for Christmas.