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Please Help Save My Eroding Pelvis

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Campaign created 18 days ago
Vera Mistretta DeLeo  ROLLA, MO
An accident and five failed hip replacements have left me unable to walk and confined to bed. The prognosis given by every doctor who examined me after my last hip replacement failed was devastating -- the damage was too extensive and there were no longer any surgical options that could help me. About two years ago, another examination revealed that my pelvic bone had begun to erode. If the erosion cannot be stopped, when it reaches my spine and the vertebrae begin to erode, I will die.

After two decades of living without any hope, and now having to face my impending death, a new surgical procedure is available at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York that can stop the erosion. The doctor who performs this procedure can remove the eroded section of my pelvis and replace it with a pelvis produced from artificial bone. He will also be able to insert a new prosthetic socket into my pelvis to replace the one that loosened. The movement of the loosened socket, which doctors had previously been unable to replace, caused the friction that started the erosion of my pelvic bone. The stem portion of the artificial hip cannot be replaced, because removing it will cause my femur (thighbone) to shatter. However, the most important benefit of this surgery is that it will stop the erosion of my pelvis before it reaches my spine and causes my death. This operation will also restore my ability to walk again.

Unfortunately, my hope of finally being helped after so many years of waiting and praying cannot be realized. Another obstacle is preventing an end to this living nightmare I am forced to endure; the surgery is not covered in full. For many years, my disability has prevented me from being able to work, and having long since exhausted my savings, I am not financially able to pay the non-covered charges. With no other options, I have turned to GoFundMe to help raise the money I need for the operation. Any donation you can give, no matter how small, will bring me closer to having the only surgery that can stop the erosion of my pelvis before it reaches my spine and takes my life. Please help save my pelvis. Thank you.
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Posted by Vera DeLeo
18 days 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. I am fortunate that God has answered my prayers and led me to the one doctor who has agreed to perform the only surgery that can remove and replace the eroded section of my pelvis. However, the surgery is not covered in full and I cannot afford to pay the uncovered charges. GoFundMe is my only hope of being able to have this operation. Please help save my pelvis and my life.
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Created February 2, 2017
Vera Mistretta DeLeo  
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