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Community raises thousands to help Big Island woman get heart device

(Image: GoFundMe Campaign) (Image: GoFundMe Campaign)
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BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) -

In need a special heart device -- and eventually a heart transplant -- Big Island resident Stephanie Becher got some much needed financial help from her community.

In just two days of an online GoFundMe campaign, members of the community donated $149,150 to help Becher fly to the mainland for the surgery. In a week's time, the campaign eventually hit a total of over $156,000.

According to the campaign, Becher underwent heart valve replacement surgery in late June, but her body didn't responded well.

"The outcome has been horrible. Stephanie's heart muscles have been damaged and the Honolulu hospital is unable to do more for her. We are in the process of getting her to the Mainland where we can get a heart device installed until she is able to receive a transplant," family members behind the campaign said.

The campaign's goal was set at $150,000 since insurance didn't cover the trip. 

Becher has since landed at Stanford Medical Center in California where she will get the new device installed.

The outpouring of community support is well received by the family.  Becher's husband sends a big mahalo to everyone for pitching in.

Click here to view the online campaign.

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