Samantha Szura's Medical Bills
Now, almost 2 months later, Samantha is at the University of Michigan Hospital’s Pediatric Inpatient Rehab. She has shown some signs of progress, but her doctors don’t expect her to ever walk or talk again. She is currently working on oral-motor control and holding her head up.
As you can imagine, the family’s medical bills are astronomical and her parents (Carrie Weiler, Essexville, and Steve Szura, Garden City) can use all the help they can get. The doctors say Samantha will be able to go home sometime in September, but she will require at-home care for the rest of her life. Samantha and her family do not qualify for Medicaid or disability.
Please donate what you can to help the Weiler/Szura family in their long journey.
FINALLY!!! We have been waiting 3 long years for some exciting news. Samantha will be receiving a stem cell infusion at Duke in a few weeks! We have a date!!! The cells are from her sisters umbilical cord blood that we donated when she was born 11 years ago. I remember asking our (amazing) PMR doctor if there were stem cell treatments available when we were still in the hospital. She asked if we had saved Samanthas cord blood (we hadn't, I actually mis-heard the question before her urgent/early C-section). She acknowledged they were likely the future of brain injury treatment but that treatments were not currently being done. Everything was still in the research phase.
After a few months I was reading about stem cell transfusions being done all over the world and a new study at Duke in North Carolina. I had a flash of memory consenting to donate Allisons cord blood. Well, I'm a pack rat, so I found that consent and called the numbers for Duke which were still active, and accurate 8 years later. They had our sample and started reviewing her for their study. We had ups & downs, she didn't qualify for the clinical trial but after some time they offered expanded access to more patients for which she did qualify. By this time the study had garnered A LOT of interest. We were on a very looooong wait list. Allison & Samantha were determined to be a match, both had blood work done & we are going to Duke in a few weeks!
This will not be the magic solution to restore her to her prior state before drowning. But they are having success improving gross motor function, verbalization, cognition, many gains. And to be honest, any gains are worth it for us. She has already come so far from the minimally conscious state we brought her home in.
Since we will be receiving treatment outside of the clinical trial we are financially responsible. Fingers crossed our insurance will cover a portion. I want to take this time to once again thank everyone who has donated to our GoFundMe or to us directly. Your love and support has made this treatment possible. We have been very careful & thoughtful with your donations and it means everything to us that you have given us this opportunity. You have made several extremely helpful therapies happen for our girl. Thank you! ❤❤❤