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5/30/2014 6:00:00 AM
Atiyota needs a new heart
Red Cactus and Subway Restaurants will donate its June 3 proceeds to Efeturi Atiyota
Photo special to the Times Photo special to the TimesEfeturi Atiyota (left) pictured with older brother David needs a new heart and Red Cactus and Subway Resturants in Blythe will donate its  June 3 proceeds to Atiyota to help with medical costs.
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Efeturi Atiyota (left) pictured with older brother David needs a new heart and Red Cactus and Subway Resturants in Blythe will donate its June 3 proceeds to Atiyota to help with medical costs.
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BLYTHE, Calif. - Former Blythe resident, Efeturi Atiyota, needs a new heart. The 25-year-old man born in Yola, Nigeria had his first open heart surgery at 6 months of age after being born with transposition of the great arteries, a heart condition. After moving to the United States with his family, he received reconstructive surgery to repair the chambers in his heart. He maintained a relative healthy life with the exception of not being able to be involved in any intense activities.

Atiyota's heart condition never deterred him from graduating from Palo Verde High School and attending college in the San Diego area. During his first year of college, Atyiyota suffered a setback when his heart failed and he received his first transplant. Remaining determined, Atiyota recovered and continued with his studies at Grossmont College and later San Diego State University.

In 2012, his body rejected the heart he received five years before and Atiyota's health deteriorated causing his name to be placed on the heart transplant list again. Through various treatments and therapies, Atiyota was able to attend school to continue his goal of becoming a lawyer.

Earlier this month, Atiyota suffered from a heart attack and has been kept on life support at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in an effort to stabilize him and build his strength up so doctors can replace his heart with a mechanical heart until an actual heart becomes available.

This has been a long and arduous ordeal for the young man and his family. And to help out Subway and Red Cactus Restaurants in Blythe will donate all its proceeds to Atiyota to help with the medical costs associated with him getting a mechanical heart and waiting for a new heart.

Red Cactus Restaurant opens at 11 a.m and closes at 9 p.m. Subway Restaurant in Blythe is open 24 hours a day.

For more information on Atiyota or to make a donation visit Go Fund Me at http://www.gofundme.com/9bkfpo. Donations will also be accepted at either of the restaurants June 3 and throughout Atiyota's journey.



Related Links:
• Go Fund Me - Efeturi Atiyota


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