The conditions of two Utahns who recently underwent heart transplant surgery improved Thursday.
Kally Heslop, 29, of Kaysville, was upgraded from serious to good condition at the University Hospital. Doctors with the UTAH-Cardiac Transplant team gave the mother of four a new heart last week.Meanwhile, Tracy Leonard, 3, son of Chad and Judy Leonard, Payson, was upgraded to stable condition Thursday morning in Loma Linda University Medical Center in Southern California. The child, who was born with his heart on the right side of his chest and without a spleen, underwent heart transplant surgery Feb. 11.
Both Utahns need money to pay for the life-saving operations.
A trust fund for Tracy has been established at Central Banks in Provo, Springville, Spanish Fork and Payson.
A Kally Heslop Medical Fund has been set up at the Barnes Bank, Kaysville, UT 84037.
Blanton said fund-raising events have been planned beginning Saturday to assist Tracy and his family. A dance, with music by Audio Vision, will be held from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bon Ton, 700 S. Main St., Payson. Admission is $2, and tickets will be sold for contests, door prizes and food and drinks.
On Feb. 23 a dinner will be served at 7 p.m. at Cobblestone Restaurant, 840 N. Main, Payson. The cost is $25 per plate for an 8-ounce prime rib dinner. All food and labor will be donated by Cobblestone management and employees. Call Kim at 465-4963 for reservations and tickets.
A craft show will be held from 1 to 10 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Utah County Building auditorium (behind old courthouse), 100 E. Center St., Provo. Live music is scheduled from 1 to 10 p.m. and crafts, 1 to 7 p.m. Food and drinks will be available. Those wanting to donate crafts should call Julie, 373-1082, or Connie, 489-5145, before Feb. 23.