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More media coverage of Darbi:

CHEK News
http://www.cheknews.ca/fifa-dream-come-true-for-paralyzed-uvic-student-107138

Metro News
http://metronews.ca/news/vancouver/1413391/nurses-rally-to-send-b-c-woman-with-rare-illness-to-fifa-womens-world-cup-final/

Global News BC
http://globalnews.ca/news/2083159/victoria-nurses-rally-to-get-patient-with-debilitating-disorder-to-womens-world-cup-final/


Darbi Aitchison
is a beautiful, bright and athletic young woman who is always on the go, whether it’s teaching sailing, playing soccer or studying kinesiology at the University of Victoria.
She turned 22 in April.
But instead of celebrating her birthday, Darbi’s life was turned upside down in an instant.
She went to the hospital complaining of pain and numbness in her arms and legs. She has since been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
It is described as a devastating disorder, due to its sudden and brutal onset.
For weeks, she lay in a hospital bed in the intensive care unit at Victoria General Hospital, paralyzed.
At her worst, she could not talk or move her body.
She needed a tracheotomy to help her breathe.
This rare disorder, where your own body’s immune system attacks its nervous system, can strike anybody, at any age. 
Doctors say she will come out of it at some point – it is not fatal – but how long this will last nobody knows. Recovery can take months.
Darbi has improved, and is now able to talk. But she remains in hospital and has a long road ahead, including what will likely be months of intensive rehabilitation therapy.
Her mom is using sick leave time from her job to be with Darbi.
Getting better is the ultimate goal, but as you can imagine, Darbi's life has been put on hold.
She will have to return to school to graduate, which was top of her mind before this happened.
She has always worked in the summer to be able to return to classes, which she is obviously unable to do at this time.
Darbi and her family would be the last people on the planet to ask for financial help, but there are a lot of family and friends who want to do something to show their support, and this is a way we can do that.
I am a family friend and have permission from the family to do this.
It is so scary to think how your life can change in the blink of an eye.
Please consider donating to this young woman.
I assure you she and her family will be eternally grateful.

Thank you.
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  • Karen Schlogel
    • $20 
    • 8 yrs
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Colette Michelle
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Victoria, BC

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