Kari's out of pocket medical costs

$32,290 of $250,000 goal

Raised by 209 people in 51 months
On February 4th 2015 Kari Ligutom was flown via life flight to St. Joseph Hospital in Phoenix, AZ from Page, AZ. She had suffered a stroke (R MCA ischemic stroke) from a blood clot due to her atrial fibrillation. She is not able to move the left side of her body, her speech is slurred and her will is waning. And although her memory is keen and her jokes sharp she cannot... we cannot do this alone. Recovery is a slow and steady process, one that is best done with family and friends. Out of pocket expenses from transportation to rehabilitation is expensive. We need your help; Kari needs your help.
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Thanks to everyone for your continued support! We have almost raised $30,000 for Kari. She reads all the words of encouragement and is thankful for all the support. She has been progressing amazingly well in her inpatient rehab program. She's becoming more independent in mobilization, her speech is faster and more clear, and she has much more energy each day.

Today was a milestone for her because it was her first time being able to take full steps with her left leg while her right arm was holding on the walker. Previously she was only able to take half steps with the left leg and the physical therapist had to help move her leg forward. But with just minimal help from the physical therapist and with some verbal instructions she was able to watch herself stand tall in the mirror and take slow, arduous with the walker. She beamed proudly the entire time because she had never seen herself propel her left leg forward like this before. She made us all cry as we watched her take each step and she had to stop because she started to cry tears of joy herself.

She announced today that she probably won't climb El Capitan like Mark Wellman but that she will climb her own mountains like learning to walk, learning to drive, eventually going back to work and traveling the world.

She's also becoming more expressive, laughing more and her speech is not as flat or monotone as it was at the beginning. Before dinner, we sat around the piano and sang songs. She said "This is a moment I'll always remember. Singing Beatles songs with my family and my best friends. I'm almost crying because I'm so happy."

These past few weeks have been life changing for Kari, her family and friends. But her amazing recovery so far and her incredible strength and gratitude has inspired everyone around her including the staff. Thanks to everyone for cheering her on. Please continue to leave words of encouragement. Your love keeps her standing tall and taking more steps toward recovery!
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Kari has been getting stronger everyday. Yesterday was her favorite day so far because they removed the staples from her incision site, she took a shower for the first time and she finally was allowed to have her dog Frodo snuggle in bed with her.

Physical therapy don't work here on the weekends so it was up to us to get her up. After a lot of bitching from kari we sat her up, she stood up and took a few steps to the cardiac chair with our help. We toured the unit and she said hi to everyone and made the staff laugh with her constant jokes. We rewarded her with pizza and ben and Jerry's for sitting in the chair and she didnt complain that much today. Today was also the first day that she insisted on sitting in the cardiac chair for lunch. So she sat in the chair for a total of 3 hours which is the longest she has been able to tolerate the chair so far. Kari seems to have more energy each day and is also growing in her confidence in mobilization. She's a "hit" on the floor and the staff love to laugh at her jokes. She says that once she gets transferred to acute rehab her goals are to learn how to twerk and make her ass clap! ;)

Again, thanks to everyone for your continued support, loving words and prayers! Kari and her family are encouraged daily by all of you!
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Happy Monday! Kari is making strides every day in her strength and recovery. She was able to stand for the first time with assist during physical therapy. She's able to eat a little more than just puree diet like pho, rice, potato balls, spaghetti and vanilla bean frappuccino. Her eyes are staying open while she's awake and her midline gaze is improving. She's singing along to frozen and sassing her mom to move faster and calling kira Napoleon. Thanks to everyone for your amazing support! She loved the cards from SFGH, she gobbled up Portos from Rob and Raezel and is loving Isabel's new braids in her hair. Yesterday she said, "I was feeling depressed but when i started reading all the comments people wrote for me I felt so happy." Today she says, "Thank you everyone for your love and support. I'm a hit here. Everyone thinks I'm a hoot! I can't wait to come home and see all of you. I'll be sending autographs soon."
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Thanks to everyone that have shown their support for Kari! We have just raised over $20,000 in just 4 days!! Kari and her family are overwhelmed by the showers of love and encouragement that you all shown. Thank you, thank you, thank you :) Kari is recovering well from the surgery and is getting stronger (and sassier) each day. Please continue to cheer her on her way to recovery! She loves and appreciates each and every one of you!
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$32,290 of $250,000 goal

Raised by 209 people in 51 months
Created February 7, 2015
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Anonymous
46 months ago
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$50
Elen Merhu
47 months ago

Wishing you a speedy recovery Kari sweet

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$100
Michael Huxhold
48 months ago (Monthly Donation)
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$100
Michael Huxhold
49 months ago (Monthly Donation)
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$200
Raezel Piedad
49 months ago

You are awesome Kari! Stay strong and keep up the hard work. We love you! Love, Raezel and Rob

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Adrian Owen
49 months ago (Monthly Donation)
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$220
ofie thompson
49 months ago

Kari,I am praying for your full recovery and happy to hear you continue to be positive and in great spirit as always.

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