Ry “warrior princess” Bradley

At the end of September Ryleigh, and her brothers all came down with what Mallory, thought was just a viral infection but her symptoms progressed very quickly… she was off balance and eventually not able to move her arms or walk. First they thought she had meningitis and even Guillian-Barre Syndrome but after having a MRI they diagnosed her with Transverse Myelitis. Most cases have some kind of swelling in the spine but it’s usually a small amount however her case is severe, she has swelling on both sides of her spine from C-1 to T-10. Treatment started with high dose steroids and physical and occupational therapy, but after they didn’t see many improvements they started plasmapheresis, which is basically where they take out her plasma, and replace it with clean plasma. They have completed 3 of 5 treatments, doing the procedure every other day, and are currently talking about starting a treatment of IVIG once she finishes her last plasmapheresis treatment. As of right now we don't know exactly how long Ry will be in the hospital, it will for sure be at least another week before they are finished with the plasmapheresis. Once Ryleigh is finished with her treatment she will be looking at different therapy options, one which could be inpatient therapy and would include 3 hours of therapy daily if she is strong enough. Thankfully they are a military family and health insurance costs are not a worry as of now, but gas driving back and forth from the hospital every day and eating at the hospital adds up. The money raised will go to help them in any way that it can and that includes any equipment that Ryleigh will need once she is released. Some things we know she will be needing is a special wheelchair fitted for her, a potty chair that can fully support her, a bath chair, and diapers since she doesn’t have complete control of her bladder. Thank you so much for your support and your prayers!
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Kelli Sybrowsky 
Virginia Beach, VA
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