About Zeke Kendall
This page is being created for our brother Ezekiel (Zeke) Kendall. Zeke just celebrated his 20th birthday with a new start on life. In November of 2012 he was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure.
Zeke was adopted by our family shortly after he was born. We have had him at our house since he was 1 week old. He is our cousin by blood, but always our brother in our hearts. Zeke has lived a normal healthy life with no health emergencies until November 2012. It was then the doctors thought he was battling the flu. After being sent home he returned a few days later with his body temp at around 94 and his blood pressure undetectable. He was sent to the ER where after numerous tests we were told that his heart was failing and his only option is a heart transplant. This hit us all so hard. We couldn't believe that this was our only option. It was and is surreal to us. We believe that this was a hereditary heart condition that Zeke has had and slowly his heart muscle was shutting down. It wasn't until he got a cold that it was highlighted to this degree. Zeke's heart failed and he went through surgery to receive an artificial heart at the end of 2012, as this was his only option. After receiving his artificial heart, he suffered a severe stroke and lost his ability to read and partial vision in his eye. After waiting in the ICU for over 3 months, he received a new heart on January 20, 2013. Zeke is remaining strong and brave. He has regained his ability to read and got back most of his eye sight. Day after day he continues to push on and we continue to support him and stay hopeful and positive about our future together.