Currently, Leeandra, is semi-disabled, meaning unable to work in her field as a nurse. Some days she is bound to a wheelchair, some days she is able to walk with an aid (a walker) and some days she is able to walk in a semi-normal manner, but always in pain. Her normal sleeping mode is in a recliner, as this is the only way to achieve any type of "normal" sleep, for her condition. She is currently on a regiment of constant pain medication, which she hates. In her words, she "just wants her life back."
The procedure mentioned above, would implant a device into her spinal column that stimulates the nerves, hoping to bring some relief from the constant pain. She would be able to control the frequency and amount of stimulation to the nerves, thereby, controlling the pain. However the procedure is quite costly. At this time insurance will only cover a small portion of the procedure but the rest must be paid for out of pocket...but the pockets are now empty. 3 years of medical expenses for Sam and Leeandra and her parents have taken their toll. It's hard to ask for help, but we are out of options. This procedure is important, as it may be the only way to get back that quality of life for Leeandra, she so desperately seeks. Just to be able to sleep, sit, or walk without pain, much less think about nursing again.
The cost of the trial procedure, which checks for placement of the device, externally, and response to the stimulation, and then the permanent procedure to internally implant the device, would be around $18,000. Anything you can give would be greatly appreciated!
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