Crestview teenager's medical fund reaches half-goal

Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 01:47 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Anna Hutcheson is halfway near a $70,000 goal that could save her life.

The 17-year-old has had Eisenmenger syndrome since birth, and needs a double lung and heart transplant, according to University of Florida Health Shands Hospital doctors.

Her family is receiving help from the Children's Organ Transplant Association, which helps coordinate fundraisers to offset costly medications and therapies.

They can add $2,600 to the COTA collection following the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary Post 5450's Saturday fundraiser. Volunteers sold barbecue pork plates and organized two raffles with prizes donated by local business.

"I am driven by (helping) children," VFW member, event organizer and family friend Barbara Beadle said. "I can't imagine having a child in dire need of a transplant."

Anna has limited activity, headaches, shortness of breath and dizziness, and she must take several medications and receive an oxygen treatment at night, but her spirits are up, her mother said. 

"She is like a normal teenager, without all of the running around," Patricia Hutcheson said. "She tires very easily."

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