Alan Neidig and his sisters are trying to heal from the tragedy that shook their family from Williamsport this week.
“”Can it get any worse? It can’t.”
Last Wednesday. Their 46 year old mother Ann died from a heart disease called “Hyper-trophic cardio-myopathy.
“She was always helping other people. Always giving and giving and not much receiving.”
Just five days later. Their 22 year old sister Alicia Hall passed away from the same disease. And both of Alan’s sisters, Amanda and Alanna. Have the disease too.
“It’s very difficult for me to watch them go through this knowing their mom and sister went through it.”
Marguerite Wolfgang lives near Allenwood and has known the Neidig family for more than 30 years.
“Surreal, tragic, very difficult.”
Newswatch 16 spoke to a cardiologist from Geisinger Medical Center. Doctor Peter Berger did not treat the Neidig family. But he says people living with hyper-trophic cardio-myopathy have a 50 percent chance of passing on the disease to their children. Up to 1. 5 million americans are living with that form of heart disease.
“A facebook page has been set up to remember Ann and Alicia. The family does not have life insurance, and hardly any savings. So friends of the family are holding fundraisers for the Neidig family.”
There will be a carwash this Saturday morning at Advanced Auto Parts in Montoursville. Money raised will go toward funeral expenses and medical bills.