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Thank you for visiting the fundraising page for COTA in honor of Abel Falcon!

With the cost of a transplant often exceeding $500,000 out of pocket, many transplant families are unable to shoulder the financial burden of such a procedure. The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses. In Omaha, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local infant, Abel Protiva.

Abel is the son of Wendy Wees and Jason Protiva. Born in 2017, Abel was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. The doctors at Children’s Hospital of Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska, performed a life-saving heart transplant on May 19, 2017. An estimated $400,000 is being raised by Omaha volunteers.













Abel Falcon...Chapter Three:

After another horrible scare, WE ARE OFFICIALLY LISTED!!! Continue Reading »


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May 19th - Abel Got A New Heart

On the morning of May 18th around 7:15 I attended cardiac rounds outside of Abel's room like we do every morning. I expected there to be no new updates so I didn't record it like I normally do. They started presenting Abel's case talking about his Continue Reading »

we are off ecmo!!!!

After six very rocky days...WE ARE OFF ECMO!!! This is huge for Abel and his chance at a successful transplant. Thank you all so much for your continued prayers.  Continue Reading »

The adventure continues...

If there is one thing we have learned through the adventures of Abel it is that everything can change in an instant.  Continue Reading »

Transplant it is...

After sixteen days in the hospital, we finally have a plan. The doctors have been going back and forth on how to approach Abel's failing heart. When we first heard the words "heart failure" and "transplant" we were completely shocked. Abel looks Continue Reading »

Abel just got wheeled away for surgery...

The surgeons decided overnight that they want to fix the leaky valve so we can get Abel in a stable place rather than watch, wait and worry in the months ahead. The procedure should take a few hours and he should only be on bypass for less than an Continue Reading »

Holding off on surgery for today.

Jason and I came to the hospital today with no other expectations than another exhausting day in the cardiac waiting room. We were shocked to hear that the surgeons had decided against surgery for now and are going to try fluids and an alternative Continue Reading »

The roller coaster ride has begun...

Abel will be going back in for surgery tomorrow. He has a leaky valve that is sending blood to his lungs making it impossible to control his oxygen saturations. Although we knew about the valve we did not think it would lead to another surgery Continue Reading »

No news is good news...

I find myself hesitating to update because I may be a little bit superstitious. Abel is doing so incredibly well and quite frankly, surprising everyone. He recovered quickly from his collapsed lung but it's still keeping him here in the PICU Continue Reading »

Welcome to the World Abel Falcon

As many of you may know, we found out at 20 weeks into our pregnancy that our precious baby boy has a congenital heart disease called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). This rare defect will require a set of three surgeries before the age of 4 Continue Reading »