Back in 2014, Joe suffered a major out-of-hospital cardiac arrest whilst at work, at a mere 24 years old. Joe’s heart had stopped beating for over an hour. Doctors put him into a medically-induced coma to encourage his organs to recover.
Miraculously Joe recovered from this, having discovered he had a serious underlying heart condition that went undetected for many years, called ARVC (Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy).
To manage his newly found heart condition Joe was fitted with an ICD device and pacemaker in his chest that provides him with a 'shock' each time his heart returns into a bad rhythm.
After suffering with long term PTSD and anxiety from falling ill so drastically, Joe had to completely reset his life and struggled to cope with his new condition.
Joe has always been full of drive and ambition to succeed and he did not let this get in his way, having learnt how he could create an online digital marketing agency online from home., he continued to try and do everything he could to support his family. Joe has since worked with the British Heart Foundation to raise awareness for heart conditions in young people.
Having since had a son in 2019 who is now 2, Joe decided to get a full-time job to support his family with a stable income. However, due to the pandemic, Joe lost his job, as well as his partner so they were back to the drawing board.
Having thought long and hard about what he is passionate about, Joe decided to pursue his lifelong ambition in catering and opened a fish & chip mobile van last year. Joe secured a business loan to pursue his dreams with a full financial plan to repay the payments back for his business.
Joe recently received the devastating news that he is going into heart failure and is to be placed on the heart transplant list as he is still so young. Having just started his brand new business with monthly loans to repay, the amount of pressure on his health and long term future is overwhelming. Joe is not sure how long he has left to live and with a huge loan hanging over his head, the stress is having an adverse effect on his current health.
We are here today to ask for help from anyone who would look to help fund the repayments on Joe's Fish & Chip van whilst Joe undergoes the transplant surgery and can get back on his feet so he does not have to worry about making his loan payments and keeping a roof over his head whilst he recovers. from this major surgery.
We always believe in paying it forward, so if we are able to get some help during this difficult time you can be reassured we will do everything in our power to pay it forward at a future date and continue our best efforts to raise awareness of heart conditions in young people.