Fix Tess Moroney’s Injured Spine

$32,323 of $45,000 goal

Raised by 190 people in 5 months
Created February 4, 2019
Due to a ski accident, my daughter, Tess Moroney, is now an incomplete tetraplegic (quadriplegic) suffering from major neuropathic (nerve) pain, chronic neck pain and an ongoing list of medical issues as a result. 

Tess was on a work-related trip in Chamonix (France) when another skier cut in front of her forcing her to take evasive action. Tess hit a hard bank of snow and herniated two discs into her spinal cord causing bruising and compression to her spinal cord in the process.

Since then, Tess had the frightening experience of losing all sensation in her hands and feet and has had to learn to walk and use her hands again.

Tess has since undergone two major surgeries to remove the herniated discs, decompress major swelling and prevent further damage to her spinal cord. She has spent many weeks in hospital since July 2018 and has recently completed 8 weeks of intensive in-house physiotherapy at a spinal rehabilitation centre to restore whatever nerve function she can.

Although she can walk, Tess has problems with balance and has to be very careful on uneven surfaces as well as stairs, ramps etc. Tess’s biggest challenge is to restore function in her arms and hands and to cope with the intense burning neuropathic nerve pain in her fingers and hands.

Tess has lost her high-level career in Geneva (Switzerland) and is fighting hard to get compensation from insurers. 

At just 32, Tess has her whole life ahead of her, but she needs help to get back on her feet financially, medically, emotionally and legally so she can continue to share her wonderful skills and beautiful personality with others. Tess helps so many others cope better with the challenges of life. Now, she is the one that needs help.

Tess is a fighter, with many dreams to fulfil. She is filled with purpose and intention to help others benefit from her experience - and fully intends to do so.

For those of you who don’t know Tess, she is the sort of girl who lights up a room. Her kindness and willingness to help others, her infectious laughter, imagination, sunny disposition, determination and sheer ability in everything she does, makes her a leader and an inspiration to so many people. If you need someone to hold your hand, cry on your shoulder, receive incredibly wise advice or pull together the biggest event at the highest level – Tess is the first person you would call.

There are many obstacles that Tess will have to overcome in returning to normal life, and any donation, both small and large will be most gratefully accepted. Not everyone can afford to donate, but perhaps you would be willing to forward this link to anyone you think might be able to help.

Tess’s treatment for her injury can only be provided by specialists. Funds raised will be used to buy equipment, gain specialist treatment and receive ongoing intensive physiotherapy and occupational therapy which she will need for her lifetime.

These Funds will be withdrawn and kept in a trust account managed by Tess's mother, Carolinda Witt, and will ONLY be used for Tess’s medical, rehabilitation and legal expenses – NEVER for profit. Any remaining funds will be donated to the Spinal Wing at UTS. https://www.giving.uts.edu.au/projects-and-causes/spinal-cord-injury-recovery-research-program
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My daughter, Tess, has been out of hospital for over two months now, and her ongoing rehabilitation schedule is intense. Weekly medical appointments for pain and symptom management, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, psychotherapy, hydrotherapy and specialist rehabilitation exercises including yoga.

Your funds have been incredibly helpful to help pay for some of her outstanding and ongoing medical tests and treatments. SCI (Spinal Cord Injury) is expensive and lifelong.

Tess is medically categorised as an incomplete tetraplegic (quadriplegic) and because she can walk and seems normal - other than the vivid scar from just under her skull to the top of her spine, and the one on the front of her neck - but she has a foot drag when she is walking. Her balance is badly affected, and she struggles with stairs and uneven surfaces.

The ASIA score - an international neurological method which measures the loss of sensation and motor function following a spinal cord injury – with A being complete loss of motor and sensory function, and E being normal. Tess’s ASIA score is a D.

Although Tess has worked so hard to restore strength to her muscles, particularly in her hands, the messages from her spinal nerves are damaged, causing muscle weakness, and she drops things all the time! Her hands swell and burn all the time which most likely will be a lifelong factor. She can’t grip or hold onto heavy or wide items and has difficulty with fine-motor skills. Typing on a keyboard is painful due to nerve pain, and she can’t work which is psychologically debilitating and frustrating. Writing is very difficult, slow and painful.

Tess is one of the lucky ones. She isn’t in a wheelchair, but she suffers hyposensitivity, constant pain - a shooting, burning or stabbing pain from her elbows to her fingertips and across her chest. This is caused by the damage to her peripheral nerves and makes sleeping and resting difficult. Our dog’s soft fur feels like steel wool to Tess, and she has to be very careful with hot items since both cold and hot cause a burning sensation. Neuropathic pain causes sufferers to experience a chronic underlying sense that something is wrong in their bodies, which is psychologically exhausting and hard to express. Medication is essential, and the symptoms of medication have to be regularly monitored and regulated.

Thank you so very much for your kind donations and for sharing the link to Tess’s GoFundMe. She can’t work at the moment, and her whole life has been turned upside down, but, in true Tess spirit, she is working every day to recover and help others along the way.

Thank you for your kindness and support,
Carolinda, the Moroney family, and especially, Tess.
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$32,323 of $45,000 goal

Raised by 190 people in 5 months
Created February 4, 2019
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