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  • Writer's pictureCrystal Faircloth

Tabor City Man Needs Heart and Prayers

A family in Tabor City is desperately seeking prayers and a heart for their patriarch. Gregory Cartrette has devoted his life to preaching despite the heart condition he's had since birth. The surgeries to fix it began when he was born, and throughout the years, doctors have made four attempts to get the organ in working order. Cartrette now sits in the Duke Medical Center in the ICU suffering from congestive heart failure and waiting for a transplant.

"I have had four open heart surgeries in my life from a newborn baby, five years, 12 years, and 24 years. They have always had to fix my aortic valve," he said. "I am in congestive heart failure now, and my fluid is backing up in my lungs making my heart become stiff on my right and left side. It is making it become very enlarged and it's not working well to make the blood flow through to my heart."

For 27 years, he has been married to Susan Cartrette, and the couple has four children, a son-in-law, and three grandchildren. They are considered to be the glue that holds the family together, and over the course of their marriage, Cartrette's wife has worked hard to make sure the couple has the income they need to survive.

He is unable to leave the hospital until a heart can be found for him, and his wife has diligently stayed by his side for moral, emotional, spiritual, and medical support. As a result, the couples' finances are strained, and the family has started a GoFundMe page to help alleviate some of the stress both during and after Cartrette's hospital stay.

So far, $845 has been donated to their plight, and for that small bit, the Cartrette's are grateful.

If you, your church, or other organization would like to help the family out, visit the GoFundMe page at You can also reach out to the page's administrator Sabrina Cartrette via Facebook.

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