In the last two years, Chris has undergone surgery and chemotherapy as advised by his doctors. However, because the disease is so rare, there are no standard tried-and-true medical treatments. Chris has attempted and investigated any and all possible avenues available to him. In the end, surgery has proven to be the most effective and curative option for people with PMP.
The Mother of all Surgeries
Chris needs a peritonectomy surgery, which patients refer to as “The Mother of All Surgeries.” Basically, the doctors open up the abdominal cavity from the sternum to the nether regions and sift through all the organs, removing the mucinous material and washing the cavity in a hot chemotherapy bath. The procedure takes over 12 hours to perform and months of patient recovery time.
Chris underwent this surgery two years ago, however it was unsuccessful and the disease returned. Although he is still working on all possible options, due in part to COVID and the rarity of disease, the available American doctors are unable or unwilling to attempt a second surgery. Well over three months ago, Chris was told he had only a few weeks to live. Although Chris has been able to mitigate his condition temporarily (it burst through his skin) and is looking much better, time is of the essence.
The World’s Foremost Expert is in Australia
Dr. Morris of the St. George Hospital in Sydney Australia is one of the world’s foremost experts on PMP. He has been pioneering treatments for the disease over the last two decades. Originally Chris was placed in touch with him to see if he could participate in a treatment that would only mitigate his condition. However, Dr. Morris has reviewed Chris’s scans and would like to perform the more likely curative surgery for him. He believes Chris could be cured by undergoing surgery. This is wonderful news due to the fact that Dr. Morris’ experience with PMP by far exceeds most in the field.
The Stars Have Aligned
With current events and travel bans between countries, it would take a miracle for an American to get into Australia right now. Due to miraculous happenings, Chris has been in touch with the right people at the US and Australia State Departments in order to get a compassionate medical visa during the “pandemic.” THEY ARE READY TO ACT!
This surgery cannot be covered by insurance because it needs to be done in Australia by Dr. Morris. We need to raise $275,000 (USD) in order to get Chris over there to receive the treatment he needs. The hospital requires $250,000 (USD) in advance and we would like to raise an additional $25,000 (USD) for airfare, living expenses (14 days quarantine, 30 days after hospital recovery) and miscellaneous medical testing and expenses etc.
We love Chris and his family!
Most of you who are seeing this already know the Chandlers and what great people they are. You know how giving and compassionate they are. We love them and want to keep Chris with us as long as possible. He and his family have put up a good fight already and they need your help.
If you can help, please do so as soon as possible. Time is of the essence.
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