Sister Paralyzed w/ Rare Condition

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Raised by 1,787 people in 10 days
Created June 9, 2018
On June 5th, my sister Kara woke up paralyzed in a place far from home. After she was rushed to the hospital, the doctors told her she had contracted a rare autoimmune disorder called Guillain-Barré syndrome.

The onset of the disorder was very sudden. Just the night before, Kara started feeling ill and had tingling sensations in her hands and face. She decided to sleep it off but woke up the next morning unable to move. At the hospital, she was sedated and intubated for severe pneumonia, which further complicated her condition.

Right now, my sister, our mother, Dawn, and I are in Spain. Kara originally came here to explore the country. She is a young, motivated and hardworking Flinn Scholar who studies physiology at the University of Arizona Honors College, and this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity meant the world to her. Unfortunately, GBS cut her trip short just days after her arrival.

Why Our Family Needs Your Help to Bring Kara Home

I do not know how long I will be able to stay with my sister since I am in school myself. As a medical student, I know her condition can require months to years for a full recovery.

All we want is for Kara to be able to come home and get the best treatment available so she can regain her strength. However, the only way this is possible is if she is air evacuated to Arizona. The cost of the emergency flight back to the United States will now be covered by insurance, however, out-of-pocket medical expenses, physical therapy and transportation/housing for our family is $100,000. This is why I am seeking your support.

If you could find it in your hearts, it would mean the world to us if you would be able to spare anything you can afford. If not, we completely understand. Please share her story with as many friends and family as possible and keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

Thank you so much,

Ryan & the Dunn Family
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Kara is home safely and has been admitted to Barrow Neurological Institute. She is healing quickly and will soon be healthy enough to start rehab.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for all of your support. It will be a long road ahead, but your donations will ease the financial burden of this illness and allow Kara to receive the best possible care. Your kindness has had an enormous impact.
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Kara has a room at Barrow and will see neurologists and OT/PT this morning. Thank you all for your help in getting her home!!
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Kara has made it back home! Here is a photograph of her on the flight over. She is currently at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix. Thank you to everyone who made this possible!
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Kara is amazed by this outpouring of kindness, support, and love. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU! Kara will be home soon and ready to continue the fight. Because of your generosity, Kara will be able to receive world-class treatment at Barrow Neurological Institute. Now our focus shifts to moral and emotional support as Kara works to make a full recovery.
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Raised by 1,787 people in 10 days
Created June 9, 2018
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