Medical and Living Expenses

$1,847 of $10k goal

Raised by 42 people in 35 months
Adela Cufre-Alvarez  ROGERS, MN



Zumba Teacher Trying To Get Back In The Gym After Losing Leg
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/04/22/zumba-teacher-trying-to-get-back-in-the-gym-after-losing-leg/#sthash.zpF1eZJR.dpuf

On Thursday, January 9th Adela was teaching a Zumba class when she unexpectedly went into cardiac arrest. CPR was administered immediately by her students and continued until the ambulance arrived. When the paramedics arrived, they had to defibrillate her 5 separate times before she regained a normal heart beat; she had been clinically dead for over 25 minutes. Even though her heart began beating again, it was functioning very weakly and her prognosis was very poor. Even if her heart recovered, Doctors were extremely worried about the state of her brain. It only takes 4 minutes without oxygen for the brain to suffer irreversible damage and she had been down for over 25. Adela spent the next three and a half weeks in the ICU in critical condition fighting for her life. Over that period of time, she underwent 8 surgeries to save her life. While in the ICU, Adela was put on a ventilator and as a result had to be heavily sedated so the extent of her brain injury was largely unknown.

Over time, Adela stabilized and her heart slowly began to recover. Doctors were able to take her off the ventilator and turn off her sedation.  As she slowly woke up, her brain showed no signs of injury and she slowly became aware of her surroundings. Miraculously and against all odds, Adela went on to make a full cardiovascular and neurological recovery.

Tragically, during one of her life saving surgeries, Adela experienced complications and as a result required an above knee amputation of her right leg. Going forward, the amputation will create many challenges for her. 
 
Adela is now at home awaiting her prosthetic leg and adjusting to her new lifestyle. She remains optimistic and is determined to return to work in the fall and to teach Zumba once again. During the last few days at the Hospital Adela told her doctors and nurses that she would be back within the year to do a Zumbathon for them to thank them. Doctors credit her healthy lifestyle as a pivotal reason for her survival.
 
Her prosthetic leg is expected to arrive sometime in June/early July.

 We are asking for funds to help cover her medical expenses as well as the expenses from the required adaptations she will need due to her amputation (accessibility modifications to her home as well as her transportation and the prosthetics she will need). The prosthetic alone costs $120,000! At this point it is unclear how much insurance will cover.

Thank you for you continued support and prayers.

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Update 7
Posted by Adela Cufre-Alvarez
26 months ago
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A year ago, on January 9th, I suffered a cardiac arrest. I was pronounced clinically dead for 25 minutes. Thanks to the fast reaction of my Zumba participants and the excellent CPR I was given, along with getting my heart shocked 5 times, I finally made it to the hospital. After being in critical condition and having more than 16 surgeries in less than a week I finally made it through but unfortunately had to get my right leg amputated due to complications with one of the heart machines that saved my life. I cannot thank God enough for all the miracles He has done for me! It has been a very difficult year, with a lot of challenges, but God has been with me during every challenge and has given me the strength I needed. I’m still amazed to see God’s love through all the nice people with whom he has surrounded me with and all the prayers and words of encouragement, and the financial support that my family and I received.

Life is a gift from God, and we need to live it that way. We may think that we have control over it, but we don't. God is the only one who gives life and we need to take care of it the best that we can!

I am thankful to God for giving me another opportunity to live, and thank you to my family and all of my dearest friends, old and new, close and far away who have been with us during this difficult time of our lives. May God bless each one of you!
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Update 6
Posted by Adela Cufre-Alvarez
32 months ago
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Hola a todos mis amigos!(Here is the Spanish version) Tenemos muy buenas noticias para compartirles, la compañía de seguros cubrió todos los gastos de la pierna prostética!Gracias a Dios! Estamos muy agradecidos a Dios por su fidelidad! Aún tenemos muchos otros gastos ( el seguro de Adela sólo le cubré el 70% de su salario...) que son un desafío, pero saber que la prótesis ya está pagada es un gran alivio! Estamos muy agradecidos por vuestro contínuo apoyo durante este tiempo tan dificil que estamos viviendo.
Yo(Adela) sigo llendo a terapia física dos veces por semana, empezando a caminar con mi nueva pierna. Déjenme decirles que es mucho mas dificil de lo que pensaba...!, pero como dice la Biblia: "Todo lo puedo en Cristo que me fortalece!
(Aquí les envío un video usando la pierna prostética por primera vez!)
Quiero agradecerles una vez mas por sus oraciones, palabras de ánimo y apoyo financiero no podríamos haber llegado hasta aquí sin ellos!
Dios les bendiga!
Caminando con la prot. por primera vez!
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Update 5
Posted by Adela Cufre-Alvarez
32 months ago
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Hello my friends! We have very good news to share with you!The insurance company has covered the cost of the prosthetic leg! Praise the Lord! We are so thankful to God, He is faithful! We still have other medical and living expenses (the insurance company can only cover 70% of Adela's salary) that continues to be a challenge but knowing that the prostetic leg is covered is a huge relief! We really appreciate your continuous support during this hard time in our family's lives.

I'm still going to physical therapy twice a week, practicing how to walk again with my new leg! Here is a video of me using my prosthetic for the first time ever in physical therapy! Let me tell you… it's a lot harder than I had anticipated! But as the Bible said, “I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me!” Thanks again to all of you, for your prayers, words of encouragement and support, we couldn't have gotten this far without it and you! God bless you all!

Walking for the first time!
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Update 4
Posted by Adela Cufre-Alvarez
33 months ago
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Hello my friends we have very good news to share with you!; the Insurance company has covered the cost of the prosthetic leg! We are so thankful to God, He is faithful! We still have other medical and living expenses that are challenging at times, but knowing the prosthetic leg is covered is a huge relief!
The Zumbathon was amazing! I want to say thank you to all of those who attended and gave donations for the auction, thanks to the Zumba Instructors, students, friends, and a special thanks to Stephanie Garton-Milota at the Rink of Monticello who didn’t charge us for the use of their building! Another big thanks to the organizers Mary Pirela, Olgalucía Duran and Patricia Nobrega, also ZES Patrice Williams,(who made everybody jump like crazy!). God has shown me his love again through all of you guys! Here are some pictures of it!
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Miriam Ortiz
35 months ago

Plesee get in touch with the American Amputee Association, my husband ,an Occupational Therapist, says they can help with prosthetics

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$1,847 of $10k goal

Raised by 42 people in 35 months
Created April 24, 2014
Adela Cufre-Alvarez  
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Marla Moszer
26 months ago

Adela- your positive attitude and your effort to personally make everyone feel welcome at Zumba meant alot to me. Bailar!!!

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Anonymous
26 months ago
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30 months ago
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33 months ago
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Zstudio Family
33 months ago

Donations made by affiliates of Zstudioduluth

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34 months ago
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Melanie Weber
34 months ago

Adela, Entrusting God will fully meet your needs. Your faithfulness in our Savior is evident. Isaiah 57:15 Regards, Melanie

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34 months ago
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34 months ago
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Jill Lidberg
34 months ago

Team Adela!

Miriam Ortiz
35 months ago

Plesee get in touch with the American Amputee Association, my husband ,an Occupational Therapist, says they can help with prosthetics

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