A 30-year-old mother, dying of heart disease, left behind a video that has gone viral on the internet. Not only because it’s so heart wrenching to see a mother on the brink of being torn from her two young children, but because the video is also a poignant reminder of the desperate need to fix healthcare in America.
According to Parentdish.co.uk, Jennifer Johnson made the video as a last ditch effort to raise funds for a surgery that might save her life. She posted the video to YouTube with this message, “God is great and works in mysterious ways”. Dear God, I ask that you bring the right people into our lives – more fortunate then ourselves – that would be willing to help. I would be ever so greatful…Every little bit helps, and if you do donate… I Thank YOU from the bottom of my heart! (and my two little heartbeats – my children)”
In the four-minute video, recorded in October and set to the background soundtrack of Mariah Carey’s Hero, Jennifer explains how she was diagnosed with a form of heart disease called hypertrophic obstructive cardio myopathy when she was five months pregnant with her second child.
Jennifer raised about $440 as a result of the video. Still, on December 14 she was able to get a pacemaker installed during open heart surgery. She died three days later due to complications, leaving behind her husband and two children, 3-year-old daughter Micayla and 18-month-old son Malykai, just days before Christmas.
Watch the video below:
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