Tara was in Mexico to celebrate the wedding of her twin brother Tyler recently where she had an unfortunate accident and injured her leg and spent the majority of her vacation in a wheelchair. A few days after returning to the US she visited her Orthopedist who ordered an MRI to determine the extent of her injuries. She was “thrilled” when he told her it was a broken bone and not a torn ligament – as she has dealt with ligament issues in her knees for years. The Doctor stressed the possibility of developing blood clots and was most concerned about her flight home from WI to FL in 2 days. The Doctor even provided Tara with a note for the airline asking to seat her in the front with additional leg room. Unfortunately, Tara never made that flight. In the early hours on Sunday, January 27th, 2018, Tara woke up to severe pain in her leg. She tried to position herself to relieve the leg pain – and eventually it went away. A few minutes later, Tara found herself with severe chest pain with difficulty breathing. Her Dad rushed her to the hospital where it was determine that she had multiple submassive pulmonary embolisms in both lungs and one blood clot in her leg - a very severe and life threatening diagnosis.
After 2 days in the hospital the Cardiologist decided to do a clot busting procedure to hasten the breaking up of the pulmonary embolisms in her lungs. It's a relatively new procedure and the first time it had been performed at this particular hospital. The procedure is similar to a Heart Cath – the Cath remained in a position close to her heart for 12 hours pulsing the medicine via ultrasound towards the clots in her lungs and down the legs. Tara was moved to ICU and had to lay completely flat for 19 hours and remain as still as possible – this was incredibly difficult and painful as you can probably imagine. She remained in ICU for 2 days prior to her discharge.
The medical costs resulting from Tara’s ordeal continue to mount. Her insurance has a very high dollar deductible making her portion astronomical – that is the amount I hope to raise for her. She needs our help. Please give whatever you can to help Tara get through this ordeal. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
- Katie Plante
- Kara Kelly
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- Randy Brahm
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