Eye Surgery for Savvy

$2,920 of $10k goal

Raised by 33 people in 28 months
Niek Betten   BLAKELY, GA
Hello, and thank you for visiting this page. My name is Niek Betten and I've created this page because my wife, Savannah (lovingly known as Savvy to family and friends) is in need of eye surgery. She was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease called Keratoconus in 2011. It is a fairly rare condition which causes a thinning of the cornea resulting in distorted vision. At first she was fitted with hard contact lenses which helped for a short while, but the condition has continued to progress to a point where the only option is corneal transplant surgery according to doctors. Surgery is needed in both eyes, but especially in her left. At her last eye appointment it was confirmed she was legally blind in the left eye and the right was not far behind, and her sight has gotten worse since then.

Her poor vision has made it impossible for her to drive, and very difficult to do things like read, use the computer, climb or descend stairs, and even recognize people until they are very close. All these have made it very difficult for her to find work. Right now she can still get by but her vision is steadily getting worse. Those of you who know Savvy will know that she loves to make art, and that is becoming increasingly difficult as well. She has had an optimistic attitude but her eye condition has really begun putting a strain on her day to day life.

The surgery will be done by Eye Surgical South in Dothan, Alabama. The cost that was given to us is $5000.00 per eye. This does not include follow up care, travel expenses, medicine, etc.

Because Savvy has no insurance and we are budgeted with my income, we have no way to pay for this surgery. It has been put off for too long, and the time is coming when she will have no other option. We are reaching out to family and friends for donations, positive thoughts and prayers.

We are setting our goal at $10,000.00. I know that is an enormous amount. Every little bit helps, and anything donated will go toward the costs.

We have no surgery date scheduled yet as we have no way to pay for it, but the plan is to have surgery conducted on the left eye first and when that eye is properly healed (a process which can take several months, unfortunately), the right eye.

There are risks as with any surgery, but we are praying hard for success.

If you are able and willing to donate even a couple of dollars, we thank you so very much. If not, we are thankful for your prayers. Please share this page with your friends so we can get Savvy's vision back to how it should be! I will be adding more information and updates as things progress.

Thanks again!
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Update 5
24 months ago
hello everyone!I have another update. Savvy had her surgery on the left eye on August 21st and the doctor says it was a success! She is still recovering, and is under doctor's orders to get plenty of rest. She'll be going back for a follow up appointment next month. she is under a strict regiment of eyedrops, and her vision is still fuzzy in the left eye. However, this should fade as the cornea heals from the surgery. :-) thank you everyone for your support! All of the donations, prayers, and good wishes were a huge help.

however, she still needs the surgery on her right eye. The total for the left eye, when all was said and done, turned out to be around 13,000. So we are keeping the fundraiser going and hoping to raise funds to go toward the other eye. Thank you so much to everyone who has already donated! We are very humbled by your kindness and appreciate everything so very much! if you are able to donate and would like to, thank you thank you, but if not please spread the word and keep her in your prayers. Thanks again everyone! Savannah is in high spirits and very excited about the future!
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Update 4
25 months ago
Hello everyone!
Thank you so much for all of your support! We are very happy to announce that Savvy's first surgery (on her left eye) is scheduled for August 21st! With the combined efforts of our gofundme account, and an offline fundraiser, we have raised nearly half of the cost of the first eye (around 12,000 per eye is the final cost). These kind donations will go a long way toward helping! Generous help from family will be given as well, but even so we are still a long way from reaching the final goal. If anyone would still like to donate to go toward the cost of this surgery, the right eye surgery, or the travel/after-care costs, it would be most appreciated and very welcome! However, we are deeply, deeply grateful for every penny, and every thought and prayer that has been given already. Thank you so much and God bless you!

When Savvy heads off for the surgery in Jacksonville later this month we will update with her progress. Please keep her in your prayers!
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Update 3
27 months ago
Hello everyone… Savvy is back from her trip to Jacksonville, with some good news. Dr. Gulani of the Gulani Vision Institute (considered one of the best in the nation) saw her and discovered she’s a candidate for a different, less invasive surgery. Her former doctor told her a cornea transplant was her only option, but Dr. Gulani instead suggested Intacs surgery. An excerpt from his website reads, “Intacs® are comprised of two micro-thin ring segments that are inserted into micro-channels that are surgically created in the cornea to decrease the distorted cone shape caused by Keratoconus. Once Intacs® are inserted, most patients cannot feel them, and they usually blend in with the eye’s shape and color much the way contact lenses do.” They will improve her vision enough that it can be corrected with glasses or contacts, which is impossible at the moment. We have decided to opt for this surgery considering it us less invasive and less risky, with a shorter recovery time.

Our fundraising goal will remain the same and everything we are able to raise here will go toward the surgery and after-care. The cost is higher than our goal but we’re hoping to raise some money ourselves and we will be blessed to have some help from family.

Thank you again to everyone who has donated! We truly and deeply appreciate your concern for Savvy’s eyesight and your generosity and willingness to help. We will schedule the surgery as soon as we can, and I'll update when there is more news. :)
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Update 2
27 months ago
A small update: Savvy is going to have a consultation/eye appointment at the Gulani Eye Institute in Jacksonville, FL. this Tuesday.. We will update with news as soon as we can. Please keep her in your prayers!
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$2,920 of $10k goal

Raised by 33 people in 28 months
Created April 11, 2014
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David Mayo
10 months ago

Best wishes! :)

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