Help Kayla Pollock beat Total Body Paralysis

Imagine going to bed one night then waking up completely paralyzed from the neck down. This is what happened to Kayla Pollock. She already fights Type 1 Diabetes every day. Now she is also fighting Acute Transverse Myelitis. A lesion on her spinal cord attacked her nerves in her body leaving her no control of her entire body except slight movement in her hands. She cannot feed or wash herself or go to the washroom. Her condition combined with the diabetes is so severe that she must have someone spend every night with her but who also has to work all day. Friends are taking care of their cat, fish, axolotl, chameleon and very large Great Dane Puppy Fynn.

Doctors believe this condition was caused by taking the Moderna vaccine booster. The risk of getting this is only 1 in 200,000 vaccines but Kayla was at higher risk because she already has an autoimmune condition, Type 1 Diabetes.

They need help raising money for parking, (decent) food and other hospital costs that are not covered like wrist splints and many adaptive devices. These devices will allow Kayla to function with the limited hand movement she has so she can interact with the world. She is almost able to use her phone 3 weeks in to her hospital stay. But full recovery will take many months of rehab and hard work. She needs an Apple Pencil and at some point may need an updated IPad to use accessible settings. When she comes home she will need many adaptive devices to navigate her two-storey home. Or they may have to move incurring all of those costs.

Medical and adaptive devices are extremely expensive and must be selected carefully by a professional physiotherapist or occupational therapist. Walkers, orthopaedic shoes, ergonomic kitchen and bathing tools will all be needed to help her function. She may also need a stair lift, bath seat and more no one has even thought of yet. While some of these things have some government funding, many things are not covered.

Coming home is important to Kayla not only to feel normal and enjoy her pets but more importantly to continue to parent her 7 year old son. He misses his mom so much as visitation in the hospital is very limited. She needs to be able to function so she can care for him.

We humbly ask you to give to this fund to help Kayla out. Being a brittle diabetic was already hard enough and expensive enough but managing this new condition is a long-term hardship. Kayla along with her friends and family thank you so much for any help you can give no matter how modest.

Stay safe!


Rebecca Ednie
Mount Albert, ON

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