Gail Heller: Rebuilding a Nose

From: Gail Heller, Mpls, MN, 8/18/2020,

Friend, I know that in this climate of socioeconomic turmoil, finances are tight, but please find it in  your heart to help. I am seeking financial assistance to correct a failed rhinoplasty surgery that I had in St. Paul, Minnesota, May 2018. Unfortunately, this substandard surgery result altered my life forever, necessitating extensive, costly revision surgery that I, in no way, can afford. Please help me revise my nose. I can’t breathe.

 In 2018, seeking surgical repair of the bridge of a broken nose, I was left with a surgical disaster – a fully non-functional nose. My health has been compromised: Only one nostril is open for breathing, but chronic sinus infection prevents even that. Not being able to breathe is frightening, causing panic.  This is not something one is able to “get used to.”  I have had to endure facial disfigurement for over two years now – humiliating, visual trauma of a face skewed into a bulbous half-nose, with a bulbous nose-tip resplendent with red and purple capillaries, still too tight, feeling stuffed-full, numb. … Bridge was not straightened, which is all I asked for. … Septum was moved to the right, collapsing and blocking the right nostril. [2 opticians and a graphics college student have each determined that the relocated septum is out of alignment and off center by ½ inch, and as a result of upper lip moving along with moved septum, lower lip appears skewed by 1/3 inch.]  … Right side is fully less than 1/3 the size of the left side of nose. … On the left side, the indiscriminate placement of cartilage, along with the upper bridge not being straightened just above it, newly creates a prominent, quirky C-shaped deformity. 

I am a young-hearted, creative 71-year-old with much to offer the world. I am living on an extremely limited income: a small monthly Social Security check, for which I am grateful. Sadly, the quality of my life has degenerated considerably. With your support I will find my way through this medical nightmare. I have researched the services of an expert plastic surgeon for revision surgery who is caring and competent.  I have faith in him and, more importantly, I feel safe with him.  He knows what he is doing.

I have written this GoFundMe page to seek support from my fellow human beings, asking for whatever you can contribute to help. I want to regain my health and strength, become independent, and live again. Thank you for your concern and support to enable me to rectify this situation.

Goal: $21,000.


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