Former Buffalo hospital worker needs heart transplant

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34-year-old Christine Yarros was diagnosed with congestive heart failure seven years ago. A mechanical pump in her chest helps her heart pump blood.

Buffalo, New York – There is always the place where you feel the most.

For 34-year-old Kristen Yarros, she is anywhere a beach lounger can be.

Jarosch said, “I love the beach, I love the water, so when we first talked about LVAD and they said, ‘No swimming’, I was like, ‘Oh, I don’t know.’

Christine got her LVAD in March.

It is a mechanical pump in her chest that helps her heart pump blood.

“With LVAD, I have to carry the batteries for this part to be a mod for me,” Yarrosz said.

Unfortunately, this is one of many adjustments Kirsten has made due to her diagnosis at the age of 27.

“I started feeling pain in my chest. I couldn’t breathe. I was suffering from chest pain, and because I was so young, I thought it was nothing,” Jarusch said.

Nothing turned into congestive heart failure.

Kirsten managed it with medication for years, until that started to fail her, too.

Former friend and co-worker Cindy McConnell said, “She was feeling very windy, pale, dizzy and pale. It was like watching her condition deteriorate.”

Kristen had to make another reshuffle and leave her position as a nurse aide and immediate treatment assistant in the emergency room at Mercy Hospital.

“I’ve always wanted to help people. This was always what I wanted to do after graduating from high school, I just jumped right in. I took care of the sick, but they definitely took care of me too. I would do it all over again,” Jarosh said.

Now Kristen is in limbo while waiting for a heart transplant.

Her friend A. GoFundMe To help Kristen pay for it, when that day finally comes.

It is a small gesture for someone who does some big things for others.

McConnell said, “She got into the fundraising rally, and she’s walking around to raise money for other people while she herself is very sick. It’s crazy to think about it. She’s always looking for other people.”

Giving is not only the right thing to do, but ultimately it gives Kristen something she needs.

“I’m browsing through it now, so if I could help anyone else who has gone through or is going through this experience, I’d love to do it,” Yarrosz said. “I think it makes me be who I am.”

A weak heart cannot fully take that.

If you wish to donate to GoFundMe, click Here.

Kristen also makes the bracelets and all proceeds go towards her heart transplant. If you want to buy one, email it at

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