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Bring Mechelle Home

$39,790 of $250,000 goal

Raised by 607 people in 3 months
Created November 10, 2017
Our former #TeamDPS school leader, Mechelle Renfroe followed a dream of hers to teach abroad while also spreading the word and love of God in Dubai.  On October 28th, after a few short months of teaching in Dubai, Mechelle suffered a massive stroke on her left side affecting her right side and she is currently hospitalized in Dubai.  Her brother, Carlos Renfroe,  immediately flew out to be by her side in Dubai.  He has been updating us all daily on the circumstances. Mechelle is a “4” on the Glasgow Coma Scale. The range is a 3 to 15, with 3 being completely unresponsive state. The neurosurgeons have explained that she could be in this state for many, many years to come. Unfortunately, in Dubai, DNR (do not resuscitate) is NOT honored/recognized/allowed. This leaves the family in a precarious position with very limited options for Mechelle as she is a “4” on the Coma Scale.

Carlos, a veteran of the United States Air Force, is in a single income household and is currently away from his wife, children, and work to attend to this matter. He must depart from Dubai shortly and return to his family and job. 

 Mechelle’s brother and his pastor (who accompanied Carlos to Dubai) have been at the hospital each day, communicating with the doctors daily, and have also visited the US embassy and consulate… to no real avail.

We are searching for a way to transport Mechelle back to the states, so that her family can make decisions on her behalf with more freedom than Dubai allows, but it is extremely expensive to transport her with a form of Medevac … over 8,000 miles.  She would survive transport to the United States.

We don’t want Mechelle to be left alone in Dubai in this state. Alone. All alone. This is simply not fair to Mechelle. She deserves better. Her family deserves peace and closure. Mechelle deserves dignity.

Would you please contribute to this fund so that we can bring Mechelle home? 

"I honestly don't know what else I can do. I apologize for my tone of desperation. Your concern for this matter and insight toward resolution is appreciated more than you can imagine right now" - Mechelle's brother, Carlos Renfroe.
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We would like to thank everyone for their generous contributions. With the help of Clarion School, we were able to bet Mechelle back to Denver. However, there is still a long and expensive process to see her recovery. The remainder of the funds raised will be used to see to her long term care. Please spread the word that we still need the assistance of generous donors to see this through to the end.
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Update:
With specific restrictions and laws in place it has been challenging to navigate her next steps in care. This leaves the family in a precarious position with very limited options for Mechelle. However, as of now, a new update has shown that they performed a tracheotomy to gauge her ability to breathe on her own, which previously had been a near impossibility; they removed the ventilator and she is breathing on her own! This situation remains very fluid and very serious, not just medically but also logistically/administratively. Mechelle's school has been able to secure safe travel arrangements for Mechelle back to the US. We still have many challenges ahead to take care of her long term care
Once Mechelle is transported back to the United States, there will be additional costs to transport her from the airport, to the most suitable facility to meet her needs. This could mean a costly, long distance ambulance ride across state lines. There will also be financial considerations to secure her placement within a facility, as the family searches for insurance within the states for Mechelle.

This is not a simple process, this is a very fragile process which needs to be treated with absolute care and wisdom. Many of her colleagues in Dubai as well as other educators internationally have stated that this situation is very unique; they have not encountered a situation quite like this medically or logistically.

Would you please contribute to this fund so that we can take the next steps to get Mechelle to the states and ensure the best long term care possible for her once she comes home?

Thank you. You are being an integral part of writing a story of hope and healing which will serve as an example in a sometimes cynical world. There is hope!
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Raised by 607 people in 3 months
Created November 10, 2017
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