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GoFundMe for teenage wrestler needing heart transplant

Angy-Mike Mossengo

A GoFundMe page has been established for a 15-year-old Pennsylvania wrestler who needs a heart transplant.

Angy-Mike Mossengo, a wrestler at Red Lion school in York, Pa., had been active in the sport until this past August, when he started to feel exhausted and weak. Even climbing a set of stairs made him tired. On August 22, 2019, Angy-Mike was so weak, he could not walk home from the bus stop. He began to throw up blood. His parents rushed him to York WellSpan Hospital, where, according to the GoFundMe page, a chest X-ray showed a grossly abnormal heart enlargement and lot of fluids in his lungs. The young wrestler was then transferred to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where Angy-Mike and his parents got the shocking news: he was suffering almost complete heart failure. Even after emergency open-heart surgery to install a temporary left ventricular-assisted device (LVAD), the Mossengo family learned that the long-term solution is a heart transplant.

Right now, Angy-Mike Mossengo resides at the Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia, awaiting that heart transplant ... while his parents, who have given up their full-time jobs, provide constant care for him.

A heart transplant is a truly live-saving procedure ... and is incredibly expensive. There are costs that go beyond the actual expense of the surgery; there are also rehabilitation and anti-rejection medications that Angy-Mike will have to take for the rest of his life. Not to mention travel and other basic living expenses. In fact, according to the National Foundation for Transplants, the average cost of a heart transplant and the associated first-year expenses is $1 million.

"Despite all these challenges, Angy-Mike Mossengo remains upbeat and continues to have faith that Jesus Christ will provide him with a new heart," according to the GoFundMe page established for the wrestler. "His favorite Bible verse is Psalms 118, verse 4: 'The Lord is my strength and my defense, He has become my salvation.'"

Mike Catullo, Red Lion's wrestling coach, told InterMat, "Angy-Mike is one of the hardest-working kids in our wrestling program with one of the biggest hearts of anyone I've ever coached and now this champion needs the heart of a champion because his heart is failing him."

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