Anthony's Emergency Surgery, Help!!

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Hi there! My name is Ashlee. My mom, dad, and myself are trying to raise money for my brother who is undergoing emergency back surgery in Las Vegas, 3,000 miles away from his home and his family whom reside in Upstate New York.

Anthony is a very young 29 years old and while at a Magic the Gathering Convention with his YouTube channel, The Mana Source, he suffered from debilitating back pain. He went to the hospital, x-rays were taken which showed nothing of substantial status and he was discharged from the hospital with muscle relaxers. A few hours later in the very early morning, Anthony woke up with complete paralysis of his body below the waist.

Anthony was rushed to the hospital by ambulance when he realized he couldn't feel his legs and couldn't move. Upon an MRI and CT Scan, two severe bulging herniated discs were found. He was then transferred to a spinal specialist in Vegas. While here, the Neurosurgeon determined Anthony could not return home by any means and needed to have surgery as soon as possible.

Anthony will be undergoing major surgery in a few hours.

Anthony has always followed his heart and his passions in life which is why his full time job is on YouTube where people know him as "Wedge". Wedge creates Magic the Gathering videos to help and inform others about this game that he holds dear to his heart. He has over 32,000 followers on social media and his YouTube channel has almost 200,000 subscribers. Anthony is very much loved by his community and he loves them immensely.

Unfortunately, Anthony does not have any form of health insurance. That being said, all of the treatments, ambulance rides, the major surgery, every test that has been done, is going to have to come right out of Anthony's and my family's own pocket. My family is not one of wealth. We will not be able to afford Anthony's medical bills and might even have to try and pay for a place in Vegas for him to stay as he recovers if he cannot fly home to us. All these bills and expenses are adding up quickly and we really need your help. The estimated cost of everything is well over $200,000. Any amount of donation you could give would be amazing and very helpful. We appreciate it so much.

Thank you all,
Ashlee
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Hi everyone!! It's about time for another update :) Anthony went to see his primary care physician who assured him that everything seems to be healing up ok considering how intense both of his surgeries were. He gets some more blood tests done next week to keep tabs on that and also gets his MRI results back on the 26th. He most likely will begin physical therapy soon after the 26th once the MRI results are evaluated and a plan is made. Until then, he is still on mostly bed rest and staying strict with taking his pain meds to stay as comfortable as possible! Anthony is really hoping to get back to work very soon once he is fully capable. He misses what he does and is so eager to get back to doing what he loves but will be sure to not over exert himself and stunt any progress. Thank you all so much for the constant support!!! It's so appreciated and all of you are amazing :) This process hasn't been easy at all for my family and especially for Anthony. But with all of your continued support we all feel on top of the world! You guys are amazing, thank you! Another update will be had once we get some results back!! :)
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Hi everyone! So yesterday Anthony had his first post-op MRI. We will be waiting for those results for a little bit. Until those results come in and are evaluated by his Neurologist, physical therapy and rehab have been put on hold to prevent any possible damage. The good news is, he got all of his surgical staples removed yesterday as well! With this being done, Anthony has way more range of motion and comfort level has increased a bit. The healing and recovery process of this spinal surgery is very long and is of crucial importance. Anthony still is feeling blessed to be alive and feel his legs/use the bottom half of his body since that was at serious risk of being non-functional. He continues to have great spirits and is ready to dominate the road of recovery! Thanks so much to all who have donated to help us with these medical bills and expenses. Without everyone's amazing generosity, Anthony wouldn't have been able to receive the proper care that he now can. It's just incredible and we are so thankful!!
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Hi everyone!! This upcoming week is a big one for Anthony. He will be undergoing his first post-op MRI and will begin a strict physical therapy & rehab schedule once the MRI is completed. This MRI will be the first of MANY as the year goes on and Anthony's rehab & healing proceeds. My family & I are so appreciative of the overwhelming support we have received. You don't even understand how much it means to us that we can truly focus on Anthony's healing & recovery knowing that we have such a strong financial backing as the medical bills pour in all due to this GoFundMe. We also want to thank his YouTube Magic the Gathering Community & Friends who have been pulling together and putting on auctions and donating the proceeds to this page. Also just huge thank you to anyone who has shared this page to spread the word! Everyone's help is just incredible and we couldn't be more thankful for everything! Thank you all so much and you will hear from me again once we know the results of his upcoming MRI... Fingers crossed everything looks normal!!! Thank you all, again.
-Ashlee
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WE HAVE OFFICIALLY REACHED THE HALFWAY MARK OF OUR $150,000 GOAL!!! With all of your help, we have now raised over $75,000!!! This is all just unbelievable and we are SO thankful & in awe of how generous everyone has been. All of these donations will aide directly towards the medical expenses that have been flowing in and will continue to come! Also this money will be used for anything assisting in Anthony's recovery such as physical therapy, rehab, frequent MRI's for rechecking purposes, Neurology appointments, the list goes on and on! Without all of your support, my family & Anthony would be in such bad shape. We are just so thankful for ALL OF YOU. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts!!!
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