Bailey Northcott McMonagle, who grew up in Waterville, is currently awaiting a heart transplant. McMonagle and her husband, Nolan, live in Kennewick and the operation will take place at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
The couple is looking forward to a successful transplant that will return her and her family to the life they have planned.
McMonagle was diagnosed at about age 17 with a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), that affects the heart muscle. There is sufficient enough damage to her heart that a replacement is necessary. She is 25 years old. She is a woman of small stature, so it is anticipated that a replacement heart will be from a juvenile. Currently she is waiting for an available organ. At that point she will immediately travel to the Mayo Clinic and the transplant will take place.
Nolan McMonagle has taken leave from his job in Kennewick and will remain with his wife throughout the process. Bailey McMonagle’s mother Stacey Biram and other family members, including Paulette and Lanse Whitehall and Angie Deishl, have been involved in support activities, including a raffle held during the recent Waterville Days.
There is a fund set up at the North Cascades National Bank (NCNB) branch in Waterville that is accepting contributions to assist Bailey and Nolan McMonagle. Those who wish to share may do so at NCNB.
This is an opportunity for the noted Waterville generosity to occur. All donations and offers of support are welcomed. Thoughts and prayers are appreciated.
Joel Harding is a correspondent for the Douglas County Empire Press weekly newspaper.