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A desperate Michigan woman turned to GoFundMe to help pay for her heart transplant

The story of a Michigan woman forced to crowd-fund her heart transplant medication is sparking outrage, but her plight is far more common than people may realize.

GoFundMe donors have already pledged more than $28,000 for Hedda Martin by Monday, days after a Spectrum Health heart transplant committee rejected the 60-year-old woman’s transplant application because she needed a “more secure financial plan” to pay for her post-transplant anti-rejection drugs.

The committee suggested “a fundraising effort of $10,000,” according to a rejection letter that’s gone viral. The sum is meant to pay for the 20% co-pay to afford two years of the drugs, the GoFundMe campaign noted.

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