Carwyn's Fund

£44,358 of £100k goal

Raised by 570 people in 13 months
Healthcare, Rehabilitation and Repatriation

My name is Aled Edwards and I am trying to raise money for my brother, Carwyn Edwards, who is seriously ill in Banner UMC Hospital in Tucson, Arizona. Carwyn has lived and worked in the United States for the past 13 years, but fell seriously ill on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016.

He is suffering from Infective Endocarditis, which is a bacterial infection in the blood that settled on his mitral heart valve. This growth grew to about 2cm, and then started showering blood clots throughout his body. This has led to him having his left leg amputated above the knee and he will also lose part of his lower right leg. The clots have also seriously damaged his kidneys and spleen and he is presently on constant dialysis. The clots found their way into his brain causing lesions and hemorrhaging. This brain injury is delaying the open heart surgery that he needs to replace his heart valve.

However, Carwyn has regained consciousness in the last couple of days and today spoke for the first time in two weeks. He is breathing independently and is able to sustain his blood pressure. Hopefully this will give his brain time to heal in the next couple of weeks, thus allowing the surgeons at Banner Hospital to operate on his heart.

Carwyn has his own medical insurance that covers 85% of his medical expenses, but he will be responsible for the other 15%. Carwyn will need money for his rehabilitation and to pay for his return to the United Kingdom. It will be a long time before he can work and sustain himself; therefore, he will need a lot of support.

My father, Meirion, my brother, Ieuan, and I are in the United States at this moment giving him our support and encouragement and will be eternally grateful for any support given. All of us over here in the United States and our family back home in the United Kingdom would like to thank you for any help you can give Carwyn.

Thank you.
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Update 110
Posted by Aled Edwards
12 days ago
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Carwyn in training at the Ray Williams gym in Holyhead.
Carwyn pumping iron
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Update 109
Posted by Aled Edwards
13 days ago
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Carwyn has now been refered to the prosthesis centre at Clatterbridge Hospital on the Wirral and will have his first appointment there on the 31st of March.
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Update 108
Posted by Aled Edwards
28 days ago
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The consultation today at Broadgreen Hospital Liverpool went well.The specialist was very pleased with the condition of his right leg and was of the opinion that there is no need for any surgical procedures to straighten the knee joint.Carwyn will now be referred to a specialist rehabilitation centre to start the process of having a prosthesis fitted.
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Update 107
Posted by Aled Edwards
1 month ago
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Carwyn is still improving and getting stronger every day.We will be taking him to see a consultant in Liverpool at the end of the month ,we hope to have better news concerning him having prosthesis fitted at some point.
Carwyn will be discharged from hospital in the next few weeks and hopes to be able to live independently while still being close to his family.
Thank you all again for your support.
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£44,358 of £100k goal

Raised by 570 people in 13 months
Created February 18, 2016
£5
Tatjana Prelog KnightGhost
2 days ago
£5
Tatjana Prelog KnightGhost
24 days ago
KG
£30
Keren Goodblatt
27 days ago

My heart aches for all Carwyn has been through and all he is facing. I wish him the very best on his journey towards recovery and rehabilitation, and in coping with these staggering challenges. I also know how hard it is to watch someone you love suffer, so my heart goes out to you and Carwyn's friends and family as well. Wishing you all strength, comfort, energy, and health miracles!

£10
Phil Wyman
27 days ago

In 2015, I had a similar blood infection that had settled with pockets of infection on my aortic valve, and inside my spinal column. I have been following this story and keeping Carwyn in my prayers. I wish I could do more. Dw i newydd clywed amdani ar y Radio Cymru. Pob bendith Carwyn.

CR
£50
Claerwen Render
1 month ago
£5
Tatjana Prelog KnightGhost
1 month ago
£5
Tatjana Prelog KnightGhost
2 months ago
FL
£100
Frank Parry Llanerchymedd
3 months ago(Offline Donation)

Diolch yn fawr iawn am y rhodd caredig hwn.

JB
£50
Jennifer a Cemlyn Bethesda
3 months ago(Offline Donation)

Diolch yn fawr iawn i chi.

MB
£72
Meithrinfa Blodyn Tatws Bodffordd
3 months ago(Offline Donation)

Diolch yn fawr am gyfraniad pawb ,ffeind dros ben.

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