Help for Christine Danza
On December 1st, Christine Danza fell in her home and suffered a significant neck injury with a resulting injury to her spinal cord. This has left her unable to move her lower extremities and with very little use of her upper extremities. On December 3rd, Christine underwent surgery to stabilize her neck. Afterwards, she was swiftly transferred to Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, NJ; one of the best rehabilitation facilities in the country. It is there where they hope to help Christine make a full recovery.
The road to recovery will be a long one for Christine. Her spirits are high and she is ready to fight.
Holiday time is a season of giving and of hope. Let us help Christine and Family by donating to help them this season and in the coming months as they navigate this difficult road ahead.
Christine and her team of Physicians, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Case Managers and Psychologist Joyce (my personal favorite) are working hard to help her regain function. She has been informed that discharge could be as soon as month's end. Obviously Christine and family would like to see her remain inpatient as long as possible. However, insurance may dictate this unfortunate and unwanted discharge.
After much discussion with her family, Christine has decided it will be in her best interest to remain in Hawthorne, New Jersey. By remaining in Hawthorne, she will continue to have access to outpatient rehabilitation at Kessler Rehab in West Orange (the best in the country) where she will need to be transported multiple times a week to continue her therapies. (Christine has just been informed that transportation to and from these therapies could cost as much as $450 per week.) More importantly, this allows her to remain close to Michael and Lia.
After spending the day with her yesterday, and after speaking with many of the team members, this is the reality of the situation:
While improvements have been significant and she has worked so very hard for each little milestone, the process to walk again could take months and even years. While all thoughts and prayers remain positive and hopeful there is a real possibility that she may never regain functional use. When the time comes, she will be discharged home with a diagnosis of Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury with resulting Quadriplegia (partial or total paralysis affecting all four limbs and torso). While she has some functional use of her left arm, and is showing some non functional improvement in right arm movement, both of her legs remain with total paralysis.
Her home in Hawthorne will need major renovations in order to make it safe and handicapped accessible. This will include a complete bathroom renovation to include a wheelchair shower, widening of all doors, and an entrance ramp into her home. We are hoping to find a generous contractor who may be able to help by completing these needed renovations at minimal cost. If you know of a contractor who may be able to help please let us know.
We know that if her courage, strength and determination could make her walk-she would have already run out of Kessler! We ask for your continued love, prayers, positive thoughts, texts, and visits. We are hoping that the generous donations will continue and that we can raise enough funds to completely take care of the needed home renovations and to help provide some safety net for her in the coming years. She continues to be responsible for a mortgage, and utilities and it may be many years before she is able to work again. This will ease so much of the burden on a road that is likely to be very long and very uncertain.
Oh no darling... your Mama Bear from your SFT days is so sad to hear. I too fell down the stairs just 3 days before you did and landed on my face with my neck bent over, thinking I had a spinal injury. I only ended up with a broken arm... and I had surgery the day you took your fall. We're both in rehab now... and I'm sending thoughts of love and speedy recovery.
Hugs from Delaware! Your Zumba community is praying for your recovery