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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An update today from Anthony:

"Had two doctor's appointments this past week:

Muscle Strength - Perfect
Nerve Reception - Perfect
Weight Loss - Perfect

My PCP said my progress is a miracle and the best case scenario.

A combination of my intense physical therapy and a LOT of luck.

Life is a gift. Thank you."

Beyond blessed.
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Today was a HUGE day!!! Anthony received his first post-op MRI results. Everything is healing so well and perfectly!! This is amazing news considering if things weren't healing up correctly, he could've been faced with yet another surgery. His Neurologist has him holding off on any Physical Therapy until he gets a bit stronger. Anthony's Neurologist is starting him on "home therapy" which will consist of Anthony walking 1 mile twice daily. This is huge!!! Our spirits are high and we were so relieved to hear this news of his healing and recovery. As always, thank you all SO much for being here every step of the way as this recovery journey continues! All of your support and donations have made it possible for Anthony to get the treatment he deserves and needs. We are blessed and SO thankful!! Stay tuned for more updates as Anthony continues to make huge strides :)
-Ashlee
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My family and I didn't even know about a discount given to those uninsured. Thank God that is a thing because it has helped reduce the cost of some of Anthony's bills as you can see on the pictures posted. We still have not received all of the bills for everything that has been done up to this point. We will continue to receive bills as the year goes on especially as Anthony continues with his Neurologist, getting MRI's done, physical therapy, and rehab. All of your donations are helping us get through this whole year and the terrible past month. Thank you all so much to everyone who has donated and those who continue to donate to help us out for the long term. We appreciate it so very much!!
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The bills have been pouring in and without all of your help.... We would be devastated. Thank you all so much for all you've donated and continue to donate. We love you all!
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