Hey everyone, my name is Alexandra and I am making this campaign for my father with all pride pushed aside.
For those of you dont know me and my family, I am very close to both my parents and when it seemed one of them was being taken away from me incredibly too soon, my whole life was turned upside down.
Early December of last year my dad was diagnosed with stage 4 oral cancer, that would have been the worst day of my life, but the worst was yet to come.
My dad was told he needed to remove parts of his tongue and jaw with a 12 hour reconstruction surgery to remove the large tumor growing inside of his mouth. During the weeks long surgery pre-op you do for such an extensive surgery it was brought to our attention that his heart was apparantly only 35% working, mind you my dad lived a very active life and worked on his feet all day. After that day we were told he needed to do an emergency 5 bypass surgery before doing the cancer surgery so his heart would not give out.
February 15, 2017; We were lucky and the heart 5 bypass surgery was a success, but the upcoming cancer surgery was fastly approaching within only 5 days.
February 20, 2017; After the very long 15 hours waiting to see my dad we were blessed with another successful surgery, in which the the team of surgeons were confident they were able to remove the whole tumor and his new reconstructed jaw did not look half bad!
February 25, 2017; The worst had come. I received a call around 5:00 a.m. letting us know my dad was being rushed into an emergency surgery, something was wrong with his intestines. We arrived at the hospital and maybe 20 minutes after arriving 2 surgeouns came out and told me my dad's small and large intestine had failed due to a blood clot and he is not going to survive. Everything turns black and I blurrily remember just screaming and crying on the top of my lungs. They removed from him all of the dead organs and salvaged what they could so we could say our goodbyes. They told us he had maybe minutes before everything else failed....By miracle and that is the only way to explain it because we were told only 10% of people could survive what his body had endured. Those minutes kept passing and turned into hours and about 3 surgeries later and 1 week in a coma my dad is awake and alive.
Today: As great of a blessing that my dad is alive and trust me I am incredibly grateful, but the sad reality is my dad only has half a colon and about 9% left of his small intestine this makes life very challenging. He is reliant on tube feeding and iv nutrition to survive. My dad has been in the hospital since February , only made it home for 6 days in between. He has battled 3 rough fungal infections, placed in an induced coma again, and his other organs are starting to take a toll.
Now I did not come to this format to share my families sad story, but kindly asking for help for anyone who can share anything to help us raise money to hire a full time nurse at home for my dad. He doesnt want to spend the rest of his life in a hospital bed, he really wants to come home. Unfortunatley insurance does not cover a full time nurse but only someone who stops by once a day for 30 minutes. My dads hospital bills, nutrition medications, and home healthcare has just surpassed what me and my family can handle. So please if you can help us it would mean the world to us, every little helps, even the ongoing prayers because trust me they have helped so much already.
Alexandra Winters - for her papa bear
PS: I am ruthlessly contacting hospitals all over the planet who are conducting trials to help people with short bowel syndrome. The fight isnt over, this is just a new beginning.
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