Help Katie heal

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Raised by 1,177 people in 5 months
Created October 9, 2018
Katie Hnida has broken a lot of barriers, including becoming the first woman to play and score points in a Division I college football game. But now Katie is facing another challenge. She recently was prescribed a common, everyday antibiotic and suffered a rare, life threatening reaction---multi-organ failure. Katie’s kidneys failed, her liver shut down, and her bone marrow quit functioning. Her blood wouldn’t clot, and she had uncontrollable bleeding. Katie was admitted to the ICU in critical condition where she was given emergency dialysis and doctors debated the need for a possible liver transplant. Fortunately, she has stabilized and her doctors and family are optimistic that she will eventually recover from this crisis. But her road back will be slow and cautious. Here’s what is needed: First and foremost, your prayers and support. Second, any financial help would be much appreciated. Her hospital costs so far are more than $155,000 and continue to climb. Katie has health insurance but with a high deductible and large out of pocket costs, her policy falls substantially short of covering her healthcare needs. Other day-to-day expenses will also need to be met since it’s estimated that she will be unable to work for at least the next 4-6 months. Katie is on the front lines as an advocate, educator, and voice for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. The majority of her work is through nonprofits, and she dedicates a substantial amount of time providing pro-bono counselling to survivors of trauma. Katie has always given freely of herself, and now needs your help to recover. Whatever you can give is greatly appreciated, not only for Katie, but those she works with. Please consider sharing this message, and help Katie heal.
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Thank you all for your kindness and generosity. It has been truly incredible to see all the wonderful people we have in our lives.
Here is a brief update on how Katie is doing. Lots of doctor appointments, lab work, and rest as her kidneys, liver and bone marrow continue to heal.
She did have a brief trip back to the hospital, as well as an infection that required antibiotics, but she was able to fight it off.
Her recovery will continue to take time. Her doctors have recommended she cancel all spring speaking engagements as well as her trainings and seminars. Thanks for your patience as we try to respond to each of you.
Again, thank you for sharing this message and for your continued support. Your love, prayers, and words of encouragement, love and prayers are appreciated more than we can express.
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Thank you to everyone for your thoughtful words and prayers. We are very humbled by the outpouring of love and support. There truly is a lot of kindness in our world.

Katie is out of the hospital, making slow but steady progress as she rests and rehabilitates. As expected, some days are better than others.

She is being cared for by an excellent team of specialists, who are pleased with her progress to date. They caution, however, that her recovery will be measured in months, not days. We ask for your continuing thoughts and prayers as she undergoes another battery of testing next week.

Thank you again for your generosity to her fund, as well as sharing the message.
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Raised by 1,177 people in 5 months
Created October 9, 2018
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