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Peter's Medical Fund

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Raised by 24 people in 14 months
Dear Friends,

On September 18, 2017, I suffered an accident that left me with severe trauma to my left hand and unable to use it. I have had four major surgeries including, grafting and bone removed from my hip to be used on my hand. My first surgery was about five hours long and it cost about $160,000 alone. But as of today (01/12/2018) I still can't make a fist or close my hand and most my fingers barely move. I have only regained about 5% or less use of my hand. My doctor is now planning a fifth surgery that we hope, with the removal of scar-tissue, will free up my hand allowing me, with time and lots of therapy, to make a fist and close my hand, regaining more movement. 

My insurance company has turned me down for further therapy and I am now paying it out of my own pocket. They only give up to 90 days per incident. After my next surgery, they will give me another 90 days and that's it. I have been paying all my co-pays but I am now getting financially depleted.

As you can imagine, my career as a violinist is in a very precarious situation, if not lost. Forty-one years studying music, dedicating it to the violin, teaching, community and much more… all lost in an instant. Many of you also know me as a dedicated beekeeper and community advocate. All this is now very difficult to do. Unless I can get all the treatment necessary including much needed therapy, I will most likely never recover 100%. 

After a recent visit with my surgeon, I have come to the conclusion that unless I reach out to family and friends, I will most likely not be able to get the full treatment I need to recover from this and will probably never get full use of my hand.

I would like to thank you all for taking a moment to read my message and am deeply thankful for your friendship, love and any help you can provide me.

Warm regards,

Peter Ferreira
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It's been some time since I did an update... But it's been a difficult road with many therapy appointments, doctor visits, second opinions, third opinions and it's not looking very promising. Unfortunately, it seems I have permanent damage to some of my nerve/tendons of my hand. The possibility of me ever being able to play the violin again just became even smaller or non-existent.

It's the grim truth, but it's time to move forward... Close a beautiful chapter of my life. I am thankful that at least I was given the opportunity to realize a dream and live it for over 40 years! It's not all lost as the great memories live on in my heart and soul.

As hard as it will be for me and my family it's time to reinvent myself and start a new chapter of my life, whatever that might be... I would like to thank all my fans, friends and family for all your love and dedication. You made my life as a violinist beautiful and fulfilled... I will surely miss playing for you.

Love and peace to all,

Peter Ferreira
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Next surgery being planned for sometime March... I can't wait.
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Just got home from another physical therapy appointment and I'm weak in the knees! The cold is not helping. Stiff hand and bones = PAIN
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I find it is important for me to stay out of the darkness and avoid getting depressed. It's not easy! I have lost a lot and wonder every night and day if I will ever be able to play again or at least regain the use of my hand for day to day things. Every morning I struggle with simple tasks like getting dressed, making breakfast, etc. BUT every morning I remind myself that it could be worst. I could be dead or suffering from something much worst.

I wake up every morning and give thanks that I can still enjoy my children, family and friends. I pray and give thanks that they are so supportive and loving and stand by my side during this long road ahead of me.
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