Jessica is a 14 year old girl from Westover, ON . Jessica was born with Juvenile Idipathic Scoliosis , but never let that stop her from living a normal, happy life. She volunteers with the Rockton World's Fair, at Westfield Heritage village as well as helps to raise money for ALS, which is a disease her grandma passed away from. She also loves being a member of her local 4H Club and enjoys her church groups. Jessica's father works at a nursery delivering trees. Jessica's mother, Tracy homeschools Jessica and her younger sister, striving to teach them hands on, one on one. The entire family highly values giving back to the community, and are a truly wonderful bunch.
Jessica's illness has taken it's toll, and she is now required to have surgery. She has two surgical options, rods or tethering of her spine. The family is hoping for the tethering option, as this would allow Jessica more flexibility, and better quality of life as she grows up. There are only two surgons in Canada that perform this surgery.
Jessica , her mom and her sister took the long drive to the IWK Children's hospital in Halifax to meet with one of these special doctors. The consultation happened July 30th, 2017 were she learn that she is eligible not only for the VBT surgery but also for a very new less invasive better surgery just introduced to Canada. Jessica will actually be the third child in Canada to have this surgery called Apifix which is very exciting.
The surgery will be done by Dr. El Hawary in Halifax which will mean that the family will need to fly to and from Halifax many times for appointments , surgery as well as follow up appointments over the next year which will add up very quickly. The family was hoping for a closer location, but the surgery she is getting is only performed in Halifax.
This is an amazing family who face a very challenging financial situation right now. They are determined to give their daughter the best care in the country, and can do this with your financial support. The funds would be going directly to the family to help pay for travel expenses, accommodation as well as non-covered medical expenses which do occur when seeking medical services outside of province.
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