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Please Help Save My Life

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Campaign created 2 months ago
Vera Mistretta DeLeo  ROLLA, MO
I have updated my campaign description with additional information about the surgery that will save my life and the lives of many others in my condition. Reading this, you will learn the difference between being a "patient" and being a "subject."

An accident and five failed surgeries left me unable to walk, and with an eroding pelvis. If the erosion cannot be stopped before it reaches my spine, I will die. A new surgical procedure that can save my life is available. While my research only turned up information on this procedure being successfully performed in Europe, it was recommend as my only option by an orthopedic surgeon in the United States. This operation can remove the eroded section of my pelvis and replace it with a section produced from artificial bone. The operation available in the U.S. most likely is being performed as a trial before FDA approval.

Each of my previous five surgeries were performed in trials for which I was a subject, and each operation failed as stated above. The only good that came out of them was the discovery of the conditions that led to the failure of some prosthetic joint replacements while others succeeded. Because my eroding pelvis may soon take my life, I have to make the difficult decision of whether or not to become a "subject" once again. While I would prefer to be a "patient" instead of a "subject" and know the risks involved with new procedures, this is the only surgery that can save my life, and I want to live.

The doctor who performs this operation at the New York Hospital for Special Surgery does not accept insurance, and I cannot afford to pay his fee. I have been using GoFundMe to help raise the money for the surgery since 2015, without success. Any donation you can give, no matter how small, will bring me closer to taking this risky step, which, if it succeeds, will give me back a healthy pelvis and a chance to live.
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Update 1
Posted by Vera DeLeo
2 months ago
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My increasing pelvic erosion is making its way toward my spine. When it reaches my spine and the vertebrae begin to erode, I will die. Of all the doctors I have seen, only one doctor has offered to perform a surgical procedure that can stop the erosion, enable me to walk again and save my life. However, as I continue to research this procedure, making a decision becomes more complex. Read my campaign description for more details, especially if you suffer from a similar problem, or know of someone whose pelvis has begun to erode after receiving a failed total hip replacement.
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Created February 2, 2017
Vera Mistretta DeLeo  
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