Marla's family medical fund

$675 of $50k goal

Raised by 8 people in 2 months
Ruby Jean
on behalf of Karen Savage
 81073-1451
Marla is a mother, daughter and a grandmother who recently had a massive stroke and has just undergone  surgery to stop the bleeding. This family needs a lot of help.

Marla will no longer be able to work and she has no health insurance. Her husband is only partly employed. Her daughter, Brittany, (pictured here with her son) is a single mom, who has taken on the responsibility of caring for her family which includes Marla's son, age 10, in addition to her own son, age 4.  Marla is still in ICU and her prognosis is unknown.  Brittany has left Springfield where she had been living with her grandmother to be with her mom and nephew and she is no longer employed.

After the surgery, Marla will need months of physical therapy. Brittany is in need of funds for caring for the two boys and for a vehicle, license, insurance and fuel to travel back and forth to the hospital in Colorado Springs, and for taking the boys to and from school in Ellicott. In addition, Marla's parents, who live a three hour drive away,  need funds for traveling back and forth. This fund is for the entire family in this time of crisis and will be managed by Marla's parents.  We would be so grateful for your help. Thank you so much.

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Marla is my niece. Her mother is my sister, Karen. I created this gofund me account for the whole family as they have very little income coming in, even for basic living expenses and gas for travel back and forth from the Hospital in Colorado Springs to Ellicott, and from Springfield to Ellicott. Hopefully they will be able to apply for and get assistance in paying the enormous hospital and doctor bills, but in the meantime they lack enough to meet basic living expenses, like food, and travel. I truly appreciate everyone who has sent their regards and prayers for her recovery and I understand if you can't afford to donate $50.00 or $25.00 dollars but donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. Can you donate $5.00?  Every donation counts and is greatly needed and appreciated. Thank you so much for caring. Marla is currently in Memorial Hospital.


Message from Karen Savage, Marla's mother: 

"I need to let everyone know, that has not heard, that our middle daughter, Marla, has had a severe stroke. She is in intensive care in the Memorial Hospital. She had cranial surgery to help relieve some pressure and hopefully stop the brain from swelling. We can use all the prayers we can get, and thank you everyone that has donated to the go fund me page that my sister set up for them.. I will try to keep everyone updated."
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Update 5
Posted by Ruby Jean
23 days ago
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I want to thank everyone who donated to this fund and update you on what is going on. Marla insisted on leaving the Hospital as she wanted to go home and she would not cooperate until she got her way. She got her way and they took her home. Still paralyzed on her right side, she needs her families assistance. Brittany, her daughter with the help of your donations, regained her driver's licence and got an older vehicle to use to get her to a part time job. Marla is going to out patient therapy two or three times a week and is doing well. She is getting some ability to move her right leg and some tingle in her right arm. Marla did get signed up for Medicaid for her medical and hospital expenses. She is coming along slowly in her progress but at least she seems happier to be at home with her family. Again, thank all of you who donated to this family in their time of need.
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Update 4
Posted by Ruby Jean
1 month ago
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Wendy Hoyle, Cindy Neumier, Denise Booker, Debbie Myers, Sharon Manning, and all friends and family that have been wanting an update on Marla, I am sorry I am so lax in doing that. I just got back from Ellicott where I got to spend some time with her. She is home from the hospital and hanging in there. Brittany does arm, brain, and leg exercises with her. Physical therapy is being set up, so that they can work with her more extensively. Dave and Brittany are doing excellent taking care of her. Laurie is there when she is not working. She is getting all the love and moral support possible. She has had small movement in her leg during her exercises, but very little in her arm. Her speech is coming along. Alot depends on how tired she is. Brittany just got her ticket paid off and got her drivers license back so that she can now take Marla back and forth to Physical Therapy, Thank you to all that supported that. Thank you to all for all the thoughts, kind words, and prayers. Prayer is what has brought us through this far, and I ask that the prayers contiue for the long struggle ahead. She will go to the Neurologist Monday to see if its about time to put her cranium bond back in her head. I will be thankful when that is done. Again thank you to all. ~Karen
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Update 3
Posted by Ruby Jean
2 months ago
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I have had a hard time writing an update on Marla, because my emotions keep getting the way. At 70 my emotions aren't as strong as they used to be.

We almost lost her before they decided that emergency cranial surgery was the only hope. After the surgery she started the healing process and has made gradual improvements, and her fight to get better improved.

She started speaking. She can't complete a whole sentence yet, but she keeps trying.

The doctors are amazed with her progress. They have her on the physical therapy floor. They are working on her speech and teaching her that the right side of her body is a part of her and that she can use it. She can swallow now, so is no longer on a feeding tube, and they just graduated her to real food instead of pureed food.

My family is amazing. She has not had one minute without one of us sitting with her, encouraging her. Mostly Dave, Laurie and Brittany.

Thank you all for your support, words of encouragement and especially your prayers. God has pulled her through and continues to work his miracles. Please continue to pray for her as she goes forward in her struggles.

God bless you all. Karen Savage
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Update 2
Posted by Ruby Jean
2 months ago
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UPDATE FROM BRITTANY: "I want to let everyone know that my mother had a major stroke it was touch and go there for awhile. She had the stroke on Christmas but didn't even show signs for 3 days when she did I was so very luckily to be home with her at the time, I mean I hate I had to go through that but I'm glad Justin did not have to deal with it on his own or that she was alone. She is doing so amazingly good the doctor said it takes some people years to get where she is at she had to do surgery and now part of her skull is in a freezer but she will get it back soon. She is talking to us she is kind of walking. She is just so amazing, I love her so much, everyone does and she has been fighting so hard. She is the strongest and bravest person I know. I can not even believe it but she might get to come home soon it will be a hard long road for quite a while, but with how determined she has been she'll be walking and doing everything on her own again real soon. I have moved back home to help Dad and Justin and mom. Things will work out and we'll get our shit together soon. It has been crazy insane since it all happened, but I think she'll be okay. Like I said she is so amazing and brave fighting and not giving up she is so strong fighting so hard. I love her so much please everyone please pray for her to be okay, and to continue to keep fighting as hard as she has been."
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Karen Savage
2 months ago
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Thank-You Bill and Denise, Leland and Wendy, Roger and Jan, Nadia Zeller, Deb and Tony Myer, Gloria Jean for the donation and setting this sight up for Marlas family. Thank all of you for your generosity and your prayers and well wishes. Marla is starting to respond a little. She can swallow now, and has eaten some applesauce, hopefully the feeding tube and come out soon. She also said three words, Nooo, and Thank you. They said that would come and go but it's a beginning. Connie Wallace, Yes my niece is working on getting her on medicaid now, Thank you. Cheryl Schmidt. They will probably do that soon. Then they will just have to pick him up after band practice and take him to his little job he has every evening. We are trying to keep everything as normal as possible for him. Thank you..

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Wendy Hoyle
2 months ago
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We love you all so much.. we pray for only good things to come..

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Cheryl Schmidt
2 months ago
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Glad to hear she came through good. I'm sure David felt he got a birthday blessing today.

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Cheryl Schmidt
2 months ago
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The bus stops right at their house. All you need to do is call Transportation to get the stop rolling again.

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Connie Wallace
2 months ago
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The case manager at the hospital can direct Marla's family to the department where they can get help applying for Medicaid for Marla, if she meets qualification. What hospital is Marla in?

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$675 of $50k goal

Raised by 8 people in 2 months
Created January 2, 2017
Ruby Jean  
on behalf of Karen Savage
$100
Anonymous
2 months ago
$200
Cynthia Neumaier
2 months ago
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Prayers for you Marla and your family. Love you all

BK
$100
Bill & Denise King
2 months ago
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Praying for Marla and family

RM
$100
Roger and Janice Mason
2 months ago
2
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Hope this will help and hope there is some improvement,

$50
Leland &Wendy Hoyle
2 months ago
2
2
$25
Nadia (Jeanne) Zeller
2 months ago
2
2
$50
Deb Myers
2 months ago
2
2
$50
Gloria Jean
2 months ago
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2

I wanted to be the first to donate and learn how this was done.

Karen Savage
2 months ago
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Thank-You Bill and Denise, Leland and Wendy, Roger and Jan, Nadia Zeller, Deb and Tony Myer, Gloria Jean for the donation and setting this sight up for Marlas family. Thank all of you for your generosity and your prayers and well wishes. Marla is starting to respond a little. She can swallow now, and has eaten some applesauce, hopefully the feeding tube and come out soon. She also said three words, Nooo, and Thank you. They said that would come and go but it's a beginning. Connie Wallace, Yes my niece is working on getting her on medicaid now, Thank you. Cheryl Schmidt. They will probably do that soon. Then they will just have to pick him up after band practice and take him to his little job he has every evening. We are trying to keep everything as normal as possible for him. Thank you..

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Wendy Hoyle
2 months ago
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We love you all so much.. we pray for only good things to come..

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Cheryl Schmidt
2 months ago
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Glad to hear she came through good. I'm sure David felt he got a birthday blessing today.

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Cheryl Schmidt
2 months ago
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The bus stops right at their house. All you need to do is call Transportation to get the stop rolling again.

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Connie Wallace
2 months ago
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The case manager at the hospital can direct Marla's family to the department where they can get help applying for Medicaid for Marla, if she meets qualification. What hospital is Marla in?

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