C-Diff is Killing My Best Friend

I've watched my best friend, Mia suffer for almost a year now. She started losing weight rapidly and experiencing severe abdominal pain and anything she ate went right through her. After several tests and months of doctor's visits, she tested positive for C-diff.

"The average human digestive tract is home to as many as 1,000 species of microorganisms. Most of them are harmless -- or even helpful -- under normal circumstances. But when something upsets the balance of these organisms in your gut, otherwise harmless bacteria can grow out of control and make you sick. One of the worst offenders is a bacterium called Clostridium difficile (C. difficile, or C. diff). As the bacteria overgrow they release toxins that attack the lining of the intestines, causing a condition called Clostridium difficile colitis. C. difficile infection can range from mild to life-threatening."  - Web MD

Mia has reached the life-threatening level. She's been hospitalized a number of times for malnutrition, electrolyte imbalance and has been battling with crashing blood pressure. All of the traditionial treatments have failed to eliminate this bacteria from her body. 

On November 14th Mia had a healthy-cell transplant done.  This procedure is still considered experimental but it was Mia's hope for finaly gaining her life back. The transplant costs $4,000 and it failed. Mia is now hospitalized again and awaiting a second attempt at the transplant. Insurance does not cover this.

Her famliy has stepped in to help with her children, between hospital stays she has been dragging herself to work, her husband is taking time off of work now as well and medical bills are just stacking up.

If there is something you are looking to donate toward this holiday season, please consider  Mia's transplant. You could literally be saving her life.

*Every single $1 donation adds up, no amount is too small and you can donate using a credit/debit card here on GoFundMe.


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Mia Fandel 
Decatur, IL
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