After 3 years of searching for the right neurosurgeon that could give her the best possible chance at a better quality of life and a life free from pain, Brittany has scheduled surgery on August 28th with Dr. Oro in Aurora, Colorado. Dr. Oro is one of the best doctors that treats individuals with Chiari. He thoroughly explained the surgery process to Brittany and feels confident in this plan. A small glimpse into her surgery will be like this... The doctor will be removing a portion of the back of Brittany's skull, detaching and separating the neck muscles, opening the Dura (the sack that is around the brain), making another higher incision on her head to get a piece of peri-cranium (thin muscle layer) to sew into the Dura to make it bigger, potentially shrinking the brain tonsils to create more room in the skull, removing a portion of her C1 vertebrae, screwing in a titanium plate that arches over the hole removed in the skull, re-attaching the neck muscles to the plate and then stapling the head shut.
Brittany, her husband Nick, Mom and Dad will be in Aurora, Colorado for about a week depending on how surgery goes. As I'm sure you can imagine the costs are very high in order to do something like this to give Brittany a better chance at a life without pain. I've put together this fundraiser to help offset the costs she will be coming across such as airfare, accommodations, hospital and doctor’s costs, co-pays for pre/post surgery appointments and physical therapy, and for help with paying every day bills since Brittany will be out of work with no income for a portion of recovery. Even with insurance, medical bills can be a major financial burden, especially since they just found out that Dr. Oro is “out of network”, but I hope we can come together to help relieve some of that burden so it is one less thing for her and Nick to stress about.
Most importantly, I ask that you all keep her and her family in your prayers as she embarks on this journey to be healed. Pray for Dr. Oro and the doctors that will be treating her throughout recovery, the nurses, all hospital caregivers, for their safe travel and her complete healing. Thank you for your contributions and prayers!!!
- Kelsey Ptucha
- Sherry Amarel
- Matt Marinaro
- Lee Robinson
Organizer and beneficiary
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