Andrea's Medical Treatment Fund

URGENT UPDATE TO ORIGIONAL STORY:

Our daughter, Andrea, is suffering from Scleroderma as a result of Chronic Lyme disease. The doctors in the United States have no treatment protocols for Chronic Lyme Disease or Scleroderma so we are at a clinic in Mexico after two years of fruitless attempts to find effective medical care in the U.S . Unfortunately this treatment is not covered by insurance.
 
As the disease progressed she became more and more incapacitated and we became extremely worried about her very survival if she did not get  some kind of viable treatment.  She lost a tremendous amount of weight (think skeletal), was walking with a limp and sometimes could barely walk, needed to nap several times a day  and had little energy to attend to the daily needs of life although she soldiered on as best she could.  The photo in no way resembles what she looks like today. It became obvious that unless we did something different she was not going to survive. The best, last option was coming to the clinic here in Mexico. The doctor here told us that we could not have waited even a few more weeks to begin treatment or her organs would begin shutting down. Unfortunately during the course of her treatment she suffered a blood clot which put her body into shock and also shut down some functions of her lungs, liver and kidneys. She is now in the Intensive Care Unit at Hospital Angeles here in Tijuana and has been for the last five days. Her condition is critical but stable. When we arrived here for her treatments we had adequate funds available due primarily to the generousity of her donors. With her admittance to the ICU we are rapidly running out of money. The cost has averaged $8,000 per day. We are trying to file a claim with Andrea and Craig's insurance company but it is slow going. The hospital doesn't have a contract with them and wants us to pay everything upfront and then get reimbursed. We are not going to be able to do that at the rate the charges are increasing. Craig wrote a check for $29,500 last night and I paid the $10,000 admittance deposit so the cost to date is $39,500 and increasing every day.
 
The following was in the original story but I think it's important to include it again.

To give you some insight into what kind of people she and her husband Craig are - when our son Patrick, a 38 year old single father, died unexpectedly on Christmas Eve, 2010,  she and her husband immediately and selflessly volunteered to adopt our son's two boys who where five and seven at the time. They already had four children so this was not an easy thing to do from a family integration, legal or financial standpoint. The boys have developed into smart, active, loved members of the family due to the caring, loving parentage they have received as well as from their brothers and sisters.  They are truly wonderful parents and it is a beautiful family in every sense of the word. That Andrea is now infected by this terrible disease is a tragedy in so many ways.
   
Other than funding for medical treatment we do not need other assistance, at least not at this time.  The family has received substantial help from their large circle of friends in Duluth. Her husband and the children have assumed responsibility for all the things she can no longer do. They have been wonderful. All of us, her mother and I, her father and step-mother, who live in Portland, Oregon and Craig's mother and father who live in Duluth provide what help and financial assistance we can but the financial assistance we can provide as retirees is not unlimited and not nearly enough to cover the cost of the treatments she needs.  We are doing all we can but it is just not enough. 

Additional funding is needed to cover the cost of Andrea's treatment in the ICU and whatever follows after that. Even if the insurance company covers the hospital bill, which is not assured, Craig and Andrea will be responsible for 20% of the total hospital bill. All donations go to directly to Andrea and Craig and none of the funds are used to cover our, her caregivers, expenses. Please send this campaign on to your contacts whether or not you donate.  Please believe me, we wouldn't be asking for help if we didn't need it. It is difficult to have to ask for help and especially to have to ask for money.

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  • Kathleen Lindquist 
    • $50 
    • 22 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 22 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 22 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 22 mos
  • Marcia Jones 
    • $20 
    • 22 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Gary Bain 
Organizer
Duluth, MN
Craig or Andrea Peterson 
Beneficiary
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