Help Hazel get through her Liver Transplant & Recovery

$19,098 donated
Given by 342 generous donors in around 3 months

Hazel needs a Liver Transplant & will have to have at least 2 months off work. This is expected to be within 6 months.


Written by my friend, Lisa:

Approximately two years ago, suddenly, Hazel was rushed into HDU. Her liver & spleen were enlarged, she had sepsis, pneumonia & 'sludge' throughout her abdomen. Later it would be found that she also has a hole in her heart & 2 leaking heart valves.

After numerous hospital stays, tests, biopsies, and eventually a liver resection to remove 1/3rd of her liver in May 2020, it was found that due to a rare congenital defect in her liver, bile is leaking into her bloodstream and causing sepsis - a life threatening condition if not properly managed. Hazel has Congenital Hepatic Fibrosis & is the first patient her Doctors have had with this disease as it is so rare.

With 28 admissions in 25 months & Sepsis episodes becoming closer together, Doctors are now starting to plan for a liver transplant within the next six months, which has its own set of lifelong challenges. All going well, this will mean at least two months in Auckland hospital, away from her children, work and life.

In the meantime, Hazel must go on short courses of antibiotics (as her body is becoming resistant) to keep the sepsis at bay. Once the course finishes, it is just a waiting game until she is readmitted to hospital. Unfortunately these reprieves are getting shorter as her hospital admissions are becoming more frequent.

During these stays in hospital, Hazel has continued to work, as best she could, from her hospital bed. Hazel is the proud owner/creator of Hazelmade Clothing, an ethical & eco-concious clothing line created here in Aotearoa, which she has worked hard to build up over the last 9+ years.

Essentially, as Hazel is the business, there is no sick pay or annual leave to draw on. To enable Hazel to truly rest and recover, we are asking for to help ease the financial burden while not being able to work.

Hazel is a wonderful wife, mother, friend and an inspiration to many around the globe. Even in the face of this momentous and daunting news, Hazel has remained positive and optimistic. Please help give her the best chance at a swift recovery so she can get back to her family and creating magic as soon as possible.

{Many thanks to Lisa for writing this for me! I didn't quite know where to start. Your support means the world to me, thank you so much}

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Funds raised will go directly to support myself & my family through my transplant then recovery as I won't be able to work for at least 2 months.

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Episode 31  14 September 2021

A little update for those of you following along. Firstly THANK YOU for your generosity. It’s humbling & incredible to feel so supported.

Last week I had my 31st admission. A month or so ago, Auckland Liver Team put the breaks on, so to speak, as they were concerned about how often I get sepsis & my heart issues. “We have to make sure we won’t kill you” were the Drs heavy words. So they requested a specialist scan - a PET/CT which would use radiation to show where sepsis is happening, but I needed to have sepsis during the scan & it’s hard to book as it requires the tracer to be made in Wellington & flown up to be injected into me! Madness.

Then, by some strange miracle, I stayed out of hospital for 5 weeks!! My longest time at home ALL year! Alas, then sepsis returned BUT it did mean the PET/CT could be done 🥳 So I am now awaiting the results. What we do know now is that it is ONLY in my liver, as Waikato expected, so now we await Auckland to make the next move as this proves a transplant should be safe.

I also had an Angiogram {Camera into my heart through my groin} & they said my heart has healed & is acting normal again 🥳 I have a very mild heart murmur caused by a hole in my heart, but this may not really effect me now.

I am doing my best to keep positive, one foot in front of the other & live life as much as possible between. Sorry for the delay updating this page, it just gets a little overwhelming sometimes, I still see your beautiful messages & support, it means the world to us xx

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Ralph on 14 Sep 2021
My Matt lost a short fight with cancer,this is from his estate.He was 30.I know he would love to know that in some way he was able to help you through these tough times.We wish you full recovery to once again enjoy time with your loved ones,that's the way it should be.Best wishes,Ralph.
Hazel Wheeler

Oh Ralph, thank you for your donation & sharing this story with me. I send thanks to Matt too, through tears, I am so touched by this, so beautiful, thank you. Lots of love to your family.

Hazel Wheeler
Andrea on 08 Sep 2021
Best of luck and thank you for your generosity
Murry on 31 Aug 2021
Sending lots of love and hugs through this rough time to you and your beautiful family 💖💖
Lula on 25 Aug 2021
Joe on 14 Aug 2021

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