39-Year Old Union City Woman Awaits Heart Transplant

**THIS ARTICLE WAS SHARED BY GARY MIGNONE OF THE NJ SHARING NETWORK

Union City Woman Stays Strong While Waiting for a Life-Saving Heart Transplant

Adele Pullins of Union City is loved by her family and friends for her vibrant personality and caring spirit. Her positive energy has always inspired those around her, including her teenage son Trevon. But most people who meet Adele find it hard to believe that she is currently waiting for a life-saving heart transplant. 

In 2018, Adele experienced some breathing issues that she simply thought was part of her bronchial asthma condition that she has struggled with since her high school years. However, things took a turn for the worse as she felt extreme gurgling in her chest and her nebulizer failed to provide any relief.

“I felt immobile and I could not breathe whether I was sitting, standing or laying back,” said Adele. “I was very scared, and it felt like I was drowning from the inside.” 

Adele’s loved ones rushed her to Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC) where the medical team determined that she was experiencing congestive heart failure due to cardiomyopathy. 

“Everything happened so fast,” said Adele. “It was the first time I had ever been diagnosed with a heart condition, and they said my heart was functioning at only 10 percent.” 

After two weeks of care at JCMC, Adele was stabilized and referred to Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBI), home to one of the nation’s ten largest heart transplant centers. The medical team at NBI successfully implanted a pacemaker and Adele was placed on the waiting list for a heart transplant.

“The toughest part for me right now is accepting that I just can’t live the same way that I used to,” said Adele. “I only have enough energy to do one thing at a time now. Before 2018, I was always on the go – working hard every day and rushing around to clean, cook, take walks and run errands.”

While Adele’s heart condition may have taken away some of her stamina, she feels blessed to be alive and is optimistic that her health will be restored someday soon through a donated heart and transplant surgery.

 

Mignone told Hudson TV in a telephone conversation that almost 4,000 New Jerseyans are currently waiting for some form of life-saving transplant.  Statistically, every three days, one person loses their life waiting for a transplant.

If you would like to learn more about organ or tissue donation, you can log onto the NJ Sharing Network website at njsharingnetwork.org.

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