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Ross Family Medical Fund

$14,842 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 165 people in 15 months
We are asking for your help to get 12 year old Kyrah the medical treatment she needs to fight the extremely aggressive scoliosis that is attacking her spine, lungs, heart, and body. Her doctors are stumped on why the Boston back brace they had her in doesn’t work. The next step is an aggressive scoliosis treatment at a clinic in San Jose that medical insurance won’t cover. Please consider helping her get this much needed treatment.....

The treatment needed will cost $5,000 for each week of intensive therapy. She will begin the treatment with 3 weeks of therapy ($15,000) and then 1 week every 3 months for the next 4-5 years. As part of her therapy she will need a traction chair which cost $7,000, an aggressive full torso brace (during the 3-5 years of treatments she will need 4-7 different ones as she grows) each one costs $6,500, spinal weighting equipment which is around $500, and supplements that she will need to take daily to help with her pain and the nutrition for her body to grow correctly with this disease will cost around $300 a month. We are looking at needing 35,000 to just begin the program.

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KYRAHS STORY:
In November of 2016 we noticed Kyrahs spine didn’t look right and that there was a curve in it. We realized she must have scoliosis. We took her to her doctor who did an in office exam and advised us that she did have scoliosis but it was less than 10*.  We were told to bring her back in 6 months for a follow up. Fast forward to April of this year and we are back at the doctors office.  Once again we were informed that “her curve was small and to just keep an eye on her as it was still less than 10*”. We kept talking to her doctor about the Scoliosis and that in November she had started complaining of having pain in her legs and lower back along with a feeling of weakness in her legs. She was also having issues with bowel movements, no matter how much water or fiber she was taking into her diet daily she would sometimes go a week without one. The Doctor finally agreed to order an x-ray just to check and have a record of her curve. Well her x-ray showed that her curve was not under 10*, in fact her curve was already at 28* on the top and around 12* on the bottom. We also found out that her spine doesn't just have a S shape to it but that her spine is also twisting. Not only that but the x-ray showed she was severly constipated and needed to be put on a liquid diet for a full 24 hrs along with needing to take Miralax for a while. We were immediately referred to a spine specialist for pediatric orthopedics and advised she would be fitted for a back brace. In Late June of this year Kyrah received her 1st back brace (a Boston Brace) and was advised she would need to wear it for 16-20 hours everyday. We also learned she would need to do this until her skeleton was considered mature and she was done growing. She made us so proud with how strong she was with all of this and how well she did with wearing her brace as advised. But in November of this year we found out that her brace was not helping her. In fact her curves got 10* worse on both the top and bottom. She was now at 38* on top and 24* on bottom. The doctor she sees for her brace decided we needed to get a new brace made. However both he and her spine specialist don't know if it will work. Their plan of action for my daughter is to wait and see if it helps. If not they will wait until her curve gets bad enough to do surgery. They feel that if the brace prevents the curve from getting worse it is a success. Well the wait and see approach is NOT ok for us. And in fact it is proving not to work as her curves are progressing. We went looking for other treatments. We found a care center located down in Campbell, Ca that treats patients with scoliosis and they are having great results with not only preventing curves from getting worse but with getting the curve straighter and at lower degree. How can we not give this a chance? The catch is that medical insurance companies don’t want to pay for anything more for scoliosis patients then a brace and future surgeries. Yes surgeries because it seems to never be just one surgery but a number of them as they age. So we will have to pay for the medical treatment for Kyrah out of pocket which will get expensive but to prevent surgery it will be worth every penny.  We are hoping to start this intensive thereapy program in January of 2018, so only a month away. But to get start it is going to cost us $30,000 for the first 3 weeks of treatment and personal medical equipment, not including the cost of a hotel room or food during those 3 weeks. She will be in therapy M-F from 8am until 4pm. Once the 3 weeks are over she will come home with the neccessary equipment and 6 days a week she will do between 2-3 hours of therapy at home. After being home for 3 months we will travel back down to the Care Center for another week of intense therapy, this will cost us another $5,000, plus food and a hotel room. Then every 3 months for the next 4-5 years we will go down for a week of therapy, each time it will cost another $5,000 for the therapy.  (by the time we finish the program we will cost us somewhere between $150,000 to 200,000). She will continue this therapy treatment until her body has reached full growth maturity. They measure this growth on a Riser scale of 0-5.  Right now Kyrah isnt even rated a 1, so we have a long way to go and she has a lot of growing still to do. And because she has a lot of growth left that also means if we dont get this treatment as soon as possible Kyrahs curves will get worse.  As the curves get worse so do the twists and that will start to impact her lungs and her heart. Because of this we have also choosen to Homeschool Kyrah for the rest of 7th grade and longer as we get used to a new part of our daily lives. We will be learning how to manage the treatment and hopefully not let our other 2 children feel too huge of an impact. Thank you for any help you are able to give us and please share her GoFundMe with everyone you know.
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Kyrahs new measurements in her brace since more adjustments have been made
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When it comes to Kyrahs medical treatment for scoliosis I have often been asked why did we seek therapy that is not covered by insurance. The simple and quick answer is that my daughters health is worth going into debt for. But the long answer is we knew there had to be another option than cutting her back open and drilling metal into her spine from her pelvis to her neck. We believed that something could be done. And while $5000 plus a hotel room and food for a week is a lot of money to spend every 12 weeks the results she is getting make it all worth it to us. When we started this journey last year in January 2018 her orthopedic surgeon had told us she was pretty much getting to surgery range since the Boston back brace was doing nothing for her. Her curves which started at 28 and 12 were now at 38 and 34. So we found the clinic we are at now. In January last year directly out of her crappy Boston brace her curves were at 32 and 33. A year later after seeking treatment and bracing at the Scoliosis Care Center my daughters curves directly out of brace are 16 and 8. With the changes they made to her brace her curves in brace are at 9 and 0. She continues to improve and guess what these improvements mean she is far out of surgical range. So why are we going into debt because SHE IS WORTH IT!!!
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Lately it has been really hard with Kyrahs back brace. They have made some changes to make it more effective. However those changes have made the brace harder for her body to adjust to wearing it at the correct mark all day the goal is to wear it at 0 for 23 hrs a day. We haven’t been able to get past the 2 mark as it seems to be much more painful this time around. Prayers for her are so needed at this time. Soon the hard work will also begin for little Miss Scarlett.
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Today was Kyrahs last day at clinic. She has done amazing and is so strong. She was extremely happy to earn her panda with its own scoliosis brace. We are headed home and extremely hopeful about what the future will bring.
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