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Kajira in hospital, please help!

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Kajira Djoumahna has fallen gravely ill. Upon learning this, I was talking to her husband Chuck Lehnhard and he said that he had seen over a thousand supportive messages on social media and in private messages, all wishing her well. So, I suggested a Go Fund me with the hope that if each of these kind people, could send in $10, this could be of great help to them. We know that not everybody can afford to give money, but prayers and loving messages are very much appreciated and they are heartening for them both.

This is the backstory and the latest news as of today February 12th. On January 15, 2018, our sweet friend and sister in dance Kajira Djoumahna went to the doctor’s office because she was not feeling well. She thought she might get some antibiotics and go home. But upon examination, the doctor called an ambulance and she went to the ICU of the Petaluma Valley Hospital where she stayed for over two weeks. They discovered viral pneumonia in both lungs, blood clots in her arm and a gallstone. She was in a medically induced coma for a week and then they had difficulty waking her up. At one point she had a fever of 106.5. She had many tests including CT scans, a spinal tap, an MRI and the last was a TEE test for her heart. Her health continued to deteriorate and they discovered a fungus in her lungs that had possibly spread. She had been having mini-strokes which are affecting both sides of her body and she is extremely weak. She could only talk on some days. She sometimes understood what was going on but at other times, she was in her own world. Kajira could not lift her arms or legs. She was then taken to the University of California San Francisco Medical Center by ambulance which is about 1 ½ hours away and they have an excellent cardiac department. The TEE test indicated that there was a problem with her heart.  At the second hospital, they discovered that her heart has a Dural Arterio-Venous Fistula. As near as I can tell, this has to do with a vein and an artery in the heart that are not functioning properly.  They did many tests but they do not know what caused her strokes. 

She has now been transferred to Saint Mary's Rehabilitation Hospital in San Francisco. She will get at least 3 hours of physical therapy a day. She will be there 3 to 5 weeks. As of today, she stood 5 times for one minute each time. She is determined to work really hard. Chuck can stay in her room and so he can continue to go home every 3 or 4 days to work and take care of the cats and do a job and then he returns for several days to help take care of her. She still cannot feed herself. Her arms are still not moving a lot but she can move her hands a bit and is getting stronger every day. They still do not know what caused her strokes. She had multiple health issues all at the same time and there are still some unanswered questions. 

It is too soon to know what the new normal will be.  The good news is that she is still alive despite all these extreme health challenges AND she has a good attitude AND she is improving.  As Chuck so well put it: "Now the really hard work starts."

Kajira and Chuck Lehnard will need money to help with her medical expenses, their living expenses and home health care once she is home.  Or in the worst case scenario, if anything happens and this is her time to leave this world, this money will go to her final expenses. So, we are asking for $12,000 to help them out. Chuck missed almost all of his work when she was in the first hospital because he was with her every day, feeding her and giving her comfort and encouragement. Now he is commuting to San Francisco. When Kajira comes home, she will have a long road ahead of her for her as she continues her rehabilitation. This will include speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy and whatever else the doctors order. It will be a long time until she can do any type of work.

If you are able, they could really use some financial assistance. Even the smallest contribution would be deeply appreciated. Whether you can help financially or not, we would be very grateful for your prayers. And we would be thankful if you can please share this message with others you know and share the link to your Facebook timeline. Kajira has been a positive force in our dance world and she has been a personal friend and sister to many of us. We are Artemis Mourat (and I have known Kajira for over 20 years) and Therese Wyatt. Countless times, we have seen firsthand Kajira's extraordinary kindness and generosity of spirit. It would be wonderful if you can show her your love and support.

There are no words that can fully express our gratitude for your time, your prayers and your assistance.


Gratefully yours;

Elizabeth Artemis Mourat, MA, MSW and Therese Wyatt
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Hello All;

It has been wonderful doing this Go Fund Me for Kajira. It was so heart warming to see the show of support. But it is time for me to close out this Go Fund Me since we are not longer getting donations AND Kajira is doing so much better - thanks to YOU!!!

So, I wanted to send you a message from Kajira. “We appreciate everyone’s generosity, and it’s made it possible for us to feel less stressed during my recovery, and for Chuck to have afforded to take so much time off work to stay with me and support me in the hospitals, which meant so much to me.
I am doing fantastically and have surpassed all goals set by all of my therapists. I have been officially discharged and required absolutely no outpatient therapy at all. Apparently, this is almost unheard of!
There are no residual effects from the strokes, which is also amazing and unusual. I do have some follow-up care coming, of course, but I am doing fantastically.

I truly believe my quick recovery to have been possible due to my friends Artemis and Therese for having set up this Go Fund Me page and for each and every one of you who contributed here, in any amount.

In closing, my wish for each of us and our loved ones is that we all continue to live healthy lives and remember to be grateful for every day that we do. Thank you all!”
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This is my update for our dear friend Kajira Djoumahna as of March 7, 2018. She is now home and getting settled in. She uses a walker and a wheelchair. There are visiting physical therapists, occupational therapists and a nurse who come weekly. She has lost a lot of weight and is down to 115 pounds so she is trying to build back muscle, body mass and strength. There are a series of follow up doctor's appointments coming up. She is in good spirits and so very happy to be home with the kitties and her husband.

We are incredibly thankful to you for your continued support and love and prayers. We believe that the prayers and spirit of good will that was showered on them made a huge difference! Words are not adequate to express our gratitude.

Yours in friendship, music and dance;

Artemis Mourat

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We have good news!! As of today , February 22, Kajira is supposed to go home from her rehabilitation hospital in about a week. She can walk with the aid of a walker and will need a transportation wheelchair outside of their home. She is still on oxygen but a lesser amount. Her speech is much improved. She has worked extremely hard and her spirits are high. She will still need daily help at home but her husband will be working with the social worker to arrange help and further therapy and care. They are so very thankful for all your kind wishes, prayers and financial support!

Artemis Mourat
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Kajira in hospital, please help! has reached 51% of its goal. Thanks SO MUCH to all our wonderful contributors!!!
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