31 and suffered a stroke in war

$30,961 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 220 people in 45 months
Don Denison
on behalf of Tim Kirk
 APO, AE
Our dear Felisa Hervey has given years of her young life to helping the people of Afghanistan, both as a U.S. Air Force Officer and as a civilian. She is a noted author under her Afghan name "Farzana Marie", with published works on Women's Poetry from Afghan.

On August 29, 2015, she was pouring her heart and soul into the Afghan mission, arranging a cultural exchange between senior US and NATO leaders and influential Afghan citizens. On that night, she suffered what has been determined to be a severe stroke, collapsing on our base in Kabul.  Only 31 years old and in excellent condition, this unfathomable tragedy has left her partially paralyzed and unable to speak or communicate.  She has just been airlifted to Dubai for advanced care at the Canadian Hospital. Our goal is to make it possible for her family to join her there, and assist with the expenses of their stay, her care, and eventual transportation back to the US.   

Felisa is a beacon of hope to the Afghan people, and continues to be the heart of our team here in Kabul. We ask for your support for Farzana in this time of need.

Update - On September 3rd, after fighting for her very life in a third world hospital where we had to make threats to get her food, we have been able to move her to Abu Dhabi. We are hopeful she will improve under this better care. Please pray for her and her family.
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HOT NEWS!!

Felisa is doing remarkably better, so much so that we wanted to pass on this quick update.

The Arizona Coyotes pro hockey team is doing a tribute to Veterans at their game this evening, 12NOV15. Felisa has been selected to be honored as one of their "Top Dogs, where she will get to be part of the pre-game show. She will lead the audience in the "Coyote howl", then will get VIP treatment for her and her family in the skybox where they can watch the game.

Felisa is doing equine therapy three times a week, physical and speech therapy five days a week, and also goes to "Agility 360" therapy several days a week, where she can swim, rock climb, play Frisbee, and do many physical activities. She is working hard to get better, and in keeping with everything she has done in her life, she is absolutely committed to making as full a recovery as possible.

While I am requested not to get into the specifics of her insurance carriers denying benefits, suffice it to say that your support, past and future, is critical to her continued treatment. God bless all of you for your support and prayers.
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13 OCT- I apologize for the lengthy delay between posts. Sometimes the war gets in the way. If anyone tells you that the war in Afghanistan is over, I would respectfully disagree.

Felisa was released from the hospital to begin her recuperation at her parent's home in the Phoenix area, and had her birthday at home with family. Physically, she is doing well, able to move and do many things for herself. Her excellent physical condition and youth have accelerated her recovery to an amazing degree. For that we are all so very thankful. Mentally, however, her progress is very slow. She has a vocabulary of only a handful of words, and struggles so much trying to communicate and process. While we put our faith and trust in God's grace and healing, this will be a long, long process to bring our dear Felisa as far back as possible.

On a bright note, through the efforts of so many, Felisa's Boss and friend, Tim Kirk, (USAF COL RET) pulled every thread he could find to get Felisa into the VA Non-Combat Disability program. In an amazing 12 days from application to a personal visit by the Regional VA Director, Felisa was approved for the program. This will provide a subsistence income for her during her recovery. Secondly, the Wounded Warriors Project has equally stepped up and offered the specialty care which they can access. These amazing blessings are the direct result of the efforts of Mr. Kirk and a handful of close friends who worked tirelessly toward this result.

So, while the distant future has promise both for Felisa's recovery and an eventual positive finding from the DBA coverage, she continues to need support at this time to cover her immediate, monumental medical expenses. Her insurance from her employer was apparently not in effect at the time of the stroke, which is another story unto itself.

Your prayers have been and continue to be very effective, and are still needed! If you have the capability to support in other ways, bless you for considering doing so.

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Update (with a bit of paraphrasing) from dad on Saturday:

"Felisa just came back home today from the hospital, and Monday we celebrate her birthday!!

Felisa has frequent visits from many of her friends. It is hard for her, however, because she is still very early in her recovery, especially in terms of speech. She understands a lot, but basically can only say yes, OK, no, and a few other words. So she does feel self-conscious and sad when visitors come."

Felisa is in an intensive out-patient program as she continues her miraculous recovery. Your support and prayers are so very valuable to her and to her family! I know she must be humbled by the support and outpouring of love that she is receiving from so many.
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Dear supporters,

The depth and breadth of the financial support and prayers for Felisa continue to amaze her family and all who are part of her struggle to regain her health. You all are an extremely valuable part of the battle to restore this beautiful young woman to health and function. Her family feels amazingly blessed to have so many praying for and providing financial support for Felisa.

We are compelled to share that the up-front financial burden on the family and friends has been enormous, and due to the tragic and unexpected discontinuation of her health benefits, the impact of the long-term rehabilitation costs on the family will be astronomical. While the family now has a new battle to fight on the insurance front, Felisa’s needs and costs go on.

Your contributions provide the very lifeline to the care that Felisa is receiving, even more so now in light of the urgent financial crisis presented by the loss of insurance. Please keep this vibrant young woman under the healing hands that your donations provide, and in your prayers.
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Paul Hamilton
43 months ago
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8% RIPOFF by GoFundMe website. I'm honored to know Felisa and want her to get everything donated. Is there an address I can mail a check or a bank account I can do a funds transfer (USAA bank may be easiest, or any is fine).

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Nica Lalli
10 months ago
1
1

I want to do more than just donante, although I did that too. Can we organize an art drive for Felisia? My idea is for artists to interpret "Drop by Drop" and make something for her in any medium (maybe we have a size limit). She soudns like an amazing person and we need to support her in this long road of recovery as a community.

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Lauren Michele Havko
39 months ago
1
1

Felisa! I dont know how to get in touch with you, i hope I can this way...I had a massive stroke myself in 2010! I would come and see you in a heartbeat and give you some encouagement! Love you!

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Paul Hamilton
42 months ago
1
1

Please donate and don't let my previous comment dissuade you. I can't edit it now. I did contact Don Denison directly and I was able to set up a funds transfer from my USAA account directly to Felisa's account. Through whatever method you give, please give.

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Sayed Saber Ibrahimi
43 months ago
1
1

Feel better Farzana jaan. Best wishes from a Kabuli via New York :)

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Shadan Shtoty
44 months ago
1
1

FarzanaJan your a spare hero my sister ,I know nothing can be happen wet u cus god is taking care of you, your a godly women soper hero farzan

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Dennis Hugh Conn
44 months ago
1
1

WoW Thx, Mr. Miller; you are the very best!!! Dennis Hugh Conn Reminds me of service 1966 to 1968 Guarding President Johnson when they died in my arms and I lost blood & I had to be sewn up at military hospital... Always sad news for us that served America... "In & Within America" TV shows + ToT Revenues​ call 661-414-4153 25/7 A-OK

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Rohullah Amin
44 months ago
1
1

Please get well soon, Farzana Jan Afghanistan misses your voice, your poems and your poetic look at human's journey in these hard times. hugs from Kabul.

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Ryan Rayborn
44 months ago
1
1

Felisa, you are the epitome of a hero. My friends and family, your FBC Black Forest family, and countless others that you have touched are praying for complete healing and restoration for you. If the world had more Felisa Herveys, there would be no more use for war.

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Ann E. Marsh
44 months ago
1
1

Apply immediately to the VA. As an indigent veteran, Felisa should be able to get services.

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Nina Tufts Seidman
45 months ago
1
1

He has interceded first, so also in one accord with His will we are praying for deeper healing and travel mercies and all that is needed. What a testimony. What a story will be told of all He has done far and wide.

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Barbara Moiso
45 months ago
1
1

I pray for complete healing and that her family will get the funding needed to be with her and get her home.

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Yuki Yoshida
1 month ago

Discovered your story thanks to NPR Radiolab/Rough Translation. Heartened to see continued recovery and outreach by Felisa "Farzana" via Youtube. Thank you for your inspiration.

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John Jennings
8 months ago

Pardon the paltry contribution. Please contact me at the email address above and give me direct contact info. I just recently became aware how much GoFundMe was skimming.

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Olivia Fierro
8 months ago
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Lslie Dudley
8 months ago
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I listened to the listened to "War Poems" Rough Translation episode this week and was incredibly impressed by these two young people. I hope that Felisa is making a full recovery and pursuing her dreams. She is an inspiration. And her friend Tim is also an inspiration and true friend.

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Anonymous
9 months ago
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Paul Hamilton
43 months ago
3
3

8% RIPOFF by GoFundMe website. I'm honored to know Felisa and want her to get everything donated. Is there an address I can mail a check or a bank account I can do a funds transfer (USAA bank may be easiest, or any is fine).

+ Read More
Nica Lalli
10 months ago
1
1

I want to do more than just donante, although I did that too. Can we organize an art drive for Felisia? My idea is for artists to interpret "Drop by Drop" and make something for her in any medium (maybe we have a size limit). She soudns like an amazing person and we need to support her in this long road of recovery as a community.

+ Read More
Lauren Michele Havko
39 months ago
1
1

Felisa! I dont know how to get in touch with you, i hope I can this way...I had a massive stroke myself in 2010! I would come and see you in a heartbeat and give you some encouagement! Love you!

+ Read More
Paul Hamilton
42 months ago
1
1

Please donate and don't let my previous comment dissuade you. I can't edit it now. I did contact Don Denison directly and I was able to set up a funds transfer from my USAA account directly to Felisa's account. Through whatever method you give, please give.

+ Read More
Sayed Saber Ibrahimi
43 months ago
1
1

Feel better Farzana jaan. Best wishes from a Kabuli via New York :)

+ Read More
Shadan Shtoty
44 months ago
1
1

FarzanaJan your a spare hero my sister ,I know nothing can be happen wet u cus god is taking care of you, your a godly women soper hero farzan

+ Read More
Dennis Hugh Conn
44 months ago
1
1

WoW Thx, Mr. Miller; you are the very best!!! Dennis Hugh Conn Reminds me of service 1966 to 1968 Guarding President Johnson when they died in my arms and I lost blood & I had to be sewn up at military hospital... Always sad news for us that served America... "In & Within America" TV shows + ToT Revenues​ call 661-414-4153 25/7 A-OK

+ Read More
Rohullah Amin
44 months ago
1
1

Please get well soon, Farzana Jan Afghanistan misses your voice, your poems and your poetic look at human's journey in these hard times. hugs from Kabul.

+ Read More
Ryan Rayborn
44 months ago
1
1

Felisa, you are the epitome of a hero. My friends and family, your FBC Black Forest family, and countless others that you have touched are praying for complete healing and restoration for you. If the world had more Felisa Herveys, there would be no more use for war.

+ Read More
Ann E. Marsh
44 months ago
1
1

Apply immediately to the VA. As an indigent veteran, Felisa should be able to get services.

+ Read More
Nina Tufts Seidman
45 months ago
1
1

He has interceded first, so also in one accord with His will we are praying for deeper healing and travel mercies and all that is needed. What a testimony. What a story will be told of all He has done far and wide.

+ Read More
Barbara Moiso
45 months ago
1
1

I pray for complete healing and that her family will get the funding needed to be with her and get her home.

+ Read More
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