Gabe (Tiny) Russell has been battling health issues for the majority of his life. Now 18 years old and a high school graduate, he constantly fights multiple brain conditions including Complex Partial Epilepsy, Hydrocephalus and Chiari Malformation. Last year his Father, Dave, passed away from Pancreatic Cancer and his Mother, Dawn, is doing everything she can to be there for Gabe. Within the past 8months, Gabe has been in and out of ICU suffering from seizures,extreme pain and has now been placed on Palliative Care with a full time nurse.
The recommended treatment for Gabe as of right now is brain surgery, but the medical options available to him in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas have been recently exhausted - Because there are multiple conditions contributing to his Chiari Malforjation, all doctors seen were not willing to operate. One of the available options left is to send Gabe's MRI out of state to multiple specialists with the hopes that one of them will have the skill to be able to perform the needed surgery. If there are no specialists that can help Gabe, the only option left is Hospice care.
Along with the anxiety of finding the right medical care, the financial aspect of everything thus far has been extremely overwhelming. The bills have been piling up for months and his Mother does not have enough money to take Gabe out of state to get the recommended surgery.
Trying to find answers and a way to help Gabe, his Mother has been doing some research on what it would cost for up front procedures and the expenses needed to go out of state:
-Estimated $5,000 for round travel and lodging
-$900- $1,100 for the first appointment
-$2,000 for New MRI
-Cost for brain surgery, unknown
Sadly his current insurance will not cover the appointment or procuedures needed. Gabes mom is working on differnt options to raise what is needed.
In Gabe's current state, it is urgent that he receives the needed care as soon as possible. Financial support, no matter how much, will not only give Gabe and his Mother the ability to go out of state to get the medical attention he deserves, but would ultimately give them the support to continue fighting. Please also keep him in your prayers, he is in desprate need of a mircale.
More info on Gabe can be found on his prayer page using the link below:
- Mari Salas
- Andy Fox
- Vivian Diaz
- Michael Diaz
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