Carla Artina Richardson Needs You!

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Final Update:

On behalf of our family, I would like to thank everyone who has sent their love and support -- whether through thoughts and prayers and/or financial means. After fighting a good fight, Tina went home to be with the Lord this morning. We are thankful because we know that she is no longer in pain and that she now has a new body, complete and healthy, without defect. We appreciate all of your prayers and messages of encouragement during this difficult time.

The family's desire is to honor Tina's wish: to finally come home to California. We only have a couple of days to raise the remainder of the money needed to get her back here so that the family can say their farewells. If you feel led to give a love gift of any size, we would be eternally grateful. In the interim, your thoughts and prayers are always appreciated. May the Lord bless and keep each of you today and always.

With love,
The Family of Carla Artina Richardson

About Artina:

Carla Artina (Tina) Richardson is a 38-year-old single mother of two beautiful children. She is a hardworking woman dearly loved by her extended family and friends. For the past several months Artina Richardson has been literally fighting to breathe. Although the cause is unknown, the diagnoses are definite: she has somehow developed nearly every major chronic and life-threatening lung disorder, including: Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis, Asthma, and COPD. But the most dangerous of all is a very rare variation of a condition known as Pulmonary Fibrosis--a disease for which there is no cure. 

Pulmonary Fibrosis is a disease that is marked by severe and progressive irreversible scarring of the deep tissue of the lungs. The condition is most common in individuals ages 50-75. Due to her young age, doctors are confounded by the circumstances leading to her life-threatening situation. 

During Tina's current stay in the hospital to undergo a biopsy, she encountered several complications: her lungs have collapsed several times, she has had a blood transfusion due to internal bleeding, and her oxygen level continues to stay well below normal. It has been confirmed that she does not have cancer but there is no precedent for her situation, either.

At this point, Tina is still hospitalized. The goal right now is to get her strong and stable enough to transfer to a rehabilitation facility. However, she has been informed by the hospitals that her insurance is
insufficient to cover the cost of medical treatment.

The only hope to improve her prognosis is to eventually have a lung transplant but, at this point in time, she is too sick to even be placed on the transplant waiting list. Right now she needs our help.

Funds raised will support Tina to continue receiving treatment in the hospital and cover the cost of the rehabilitation home to prepare her for the transplant eligibility waiting list. Lastly, because she has not been able to work and is hospitalized in Fort Worth, TX, away from her family and support system, the funds would also be used to provide care for her children.

Artina desperately needs the support of caring and compassionate friends; time is of the essence. Your generosity is very much appreciated.
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Thank you to everyone who attended the Celebration of Life for Artina Richardson on Saturday May 20, 2017. We can't thank you enough for the kind words, compassionate care, prayers, and financial gifts, which have helped to lessen our burden. We pray that God will abundantly bless you in return.

We extend a very special note of thanks to the staff at Peers-Lorentzen Funeral Service, Tulare CA, for their excellent assistance.

With love,
The Family of Carla Artina Richardson
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Final Update:

On behalf of our family, I would like to thank everyone who has sent their love and support -- whether through thoughts, prayers and/or financial means. After fighting a good fight, Tina went home to be with the Lord this morning. We are thankful because we know that she is no longer in pain and that she now has a new body, complete and healthy, without defect. We appreciate all of your prayers and messages of encouragement during this difficult time.

The family's desire is to honor Tina's wish: to finally come home to California. We only have a couple of days to raise the remainder of the money needed to get her back here so that the family can say their farewells. If you feel led to give a love gift of any size, we would be eternally grateful. In the interim, your thoughts and prayers are always appreciated. May the Lord bless and keep each of you today and always.

With love,
The Family of Artina Carla Richardson
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**URGENT UPDATE**

On Monday March 6, Tina was moved to University Medical Center in San Antonio, where they have determined that she is not eligible for transplant consideration due to the lack of income and insufficient insurance coverage. At this point in time, her only hope for being put on the transplant list is to pay for the surgery out-of-pocket, which means that the amount of money we need to raise just increased exponentially to a minimum of $115,000. With that in mind, we are prayerfully continuing this campaign to raise as many funds toward that end as possible. If you or someone you know is aware of any potential funding sources that we can pursue, please reach out and let me know. Thank you so much for your support.
In plane before take-off to San Antonio
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Thank you all for your donations! We so appreciate every contribution! It has been a pretty rough week and there is still much that needs to be done. Although she is in much pain and lacking much of her strength, Tina wants everyone to know what is going on with her. We will be working on getting you periodic updates as she is able. Here is a late post from Wednesday, in her own words:

"Today March 1st l woke up thinking it would be a good day still happy from getting that tube out of my lung. Only to find out my lung had dropped some and they may have to put the tube back in" - Artina

Please continue to share and pray for a miracle! We all appreciate your support!
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Anna Urie
27 months ago
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I don't know you but I would like you to know that you and your family are in my prayers at this time. Keep fighting for medical care. God is on your side and will not forsake you. Best wishes for healing.

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Cornisha Lewis
24 months ago

I'm going to miss u cousin. I'm going to miss your voice and the memories that we shared! You are really apart of me and now apart of my heart is gone. You are really my twin cousin from our matching tatoos with Love and Loyalty to me naming my Baby Girl middle name Artina like yours. I really wish we could have one last talk. Until we meet again. My soul sister. I Love U cousin .

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Jamie Hightower
24 months ago
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Natasha Nash
24 months ago

My condolences to you all. May God be with you.

AC
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Andrea Chmelik
24 months ago

My thoughts are with the family. I'm so sorry for your loss. May she Rest In Peace.

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24 months ago
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24 months ago
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Eychelle Renteria
26 months ago

Tina, my friend....I'm praying for you!

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Elayne Cilic
26 months ago
Anna Urie
27 months ago
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I don't know you but I would like you to know that you and your family are in my prayers at this time. Keep fighting for medical care. God is on your side and will not forsake you. Best wishes for healing.

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