This is Irene, the light of our lives, she lives in Quito. She is a vegetarian, an animal lover, a gifted writer, a wonderful teacher, a brilliant cook, she’s the bravest person we know. She's only 29 years old.
Two months ago, she was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour called 'Glioblastoma', which affects only 3 out of 100,000 people around the world. She had to get private treatment.
After many scans and blood tests, doctors recommended a biopsy, in order to determine the best treatment for her. It was a delicate procedure, but we had faith that in a couple of days she would be able to come home.
Unfortunately, our girl spent 15 days in intensive care.
The first hospital she was admitted to failed to recognise that the procedure had led to the development of a blood clot in her cerebellum, which compromised her swallowing reflex, resulting in her not being able to breathe on her own.
When we went to the hospital, we found she was asphyxiating, and there were no specialists available to look after her; she was also bruised. The hospital staff never gave a concrete explanation of what had happened, or why she was in such a state.
We transferred Irene to a new hospital, where doctors were forced to perform a tracheotomy so she could breathe, and a gastrostomy in order to feed her.
Our young and energetic girl, who used to train every day, is now fighting to recover control of the most basic body movements.
Although she has insurance, it will not cover the full amount of the time she spent at the hospital. She requires urgent treatment, which will include radiotherapy, physical therapy, swallowing therapy, breathing therapy and medicines for at least 4 months.
Our family is in great debt and cannot afford the costs at the moment. The hospital bills just for the biopsy, are now close to $50,000.
While trying to remain strong for her, we also have the struggle of paying the medical bills. We need you!
Thank you, for taking the time to read this.
All we wish for is to see our wonder woman be healthy again, she just needs a chance. Please help us make that happen.
This page is being administered by Diana, Irene’s first cousin, and the funds raised so far have been managed by her family to cover her medical treatment specified above (e.g. physical therapy, medications, etc.).
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