Cristina's Medical expenses
A little history: I have a small store in Baja California and Cristina works in the store. She is from Brazil and has been with me for almost 10 years. She was living in the United States on a Visa and teaching when she and her friend went shopping near the Mexican border one day and ended up in the wrong lane on the freeway, headed for Mexico with the crossing only about 500 feet away.
They thought, oh well, we will have to cross and find a place to turn around and come back! They did just that! But.... when they got to the US Border, they discovered that Cristina's Visa had expired by 2 days and the border folks would not let her back in the US.......
She worked at getting her Visa back for quite a few years, her husband moved to Baja to be with her and join the fight. Well, it has been 10 years and they are still here! Obviously, they do not make the type of money here that they did in the US.
Now to her plight... Last Tuesday night (May 19th 2015), she fell in her home and broke her leg just below the knee. It is a severe break, according to the doctors, but not impossible to fix. I have seen the x-ray and they say it is fragmented into about 9 pieces.
They are waiting for the swelling to subside so they can operate. The Doctor says there will be one plate for sure and maybe two although, he won't know until he does the surgery under a special type of scanner. She will probably be off work and out of income for 3 months.
We don't own a big business, it is really small, neither of us are Mexican and we don't qualify for Mexican Social Security so they do now take it from our pay... She has a type of Insurance offered by the government for folks who are Permanent Residents called Seguro Popular. Seguro Popular does not have room on their "Backed-up Schedule" to do her surgery for at least 4 weeks. The doctors say that is way to long for her to wait.
Our next step was to collect some money so she could have an MRI, find a specialist who can and will do the surgery for a reduced rate and a hospital that has the equipment and technology for the doctor to operate and.... at a reduced rate. We have found all these things and now we need to raise funds to cover the preliminary expenses, the surgical team, the hospital and all convalescent care complete with equipment that hasn't already been donated to us.
If you can help, even just a little, it all adds up. She is such a nice person, easy going and fun to be around. We just can imagine working without her! All her friends have rallied around a put together enough for the preliminary expense money and the equipment, complete with sheets for the hospital bed. But we need more help, your help.
Please donate and give Cristina a chance. There is no such thing as "making payments" or getting a loan. It is all "pay as you go" and up-front if you are to get treatment.
Thank you for your consideration and your donation!
In a couple more months the doctor is thinking that she will be able to participate in Physical Therapy.
Thanks to all of you who helped us pay the medical expenses and those of you who continue to support her in her recovery.
6 1/2 hours of surgery later, one vertical plate and one medial plate.... she is on her road to recover!
Sorry it took an extra day for an update. I am actually at my daughter's graduation in Central California and I have internet today.
Cristina's surgery on Friday was to be a 3 hour procedure and it turned into 6 1/2 hours. It was much more complicated than the doctors anticipated. It is a good thing they had the scanning equipment to use during the surgery.
Initially, they were going to release her Sat or Sunday morning. But this has been pushed to maybe later today or tomorrow on Monday.
She is doing good, came through the surgery with flying colors and the doctors say the surgery was a great success! The are having a few moments today with in incision on the back of her knee and her blood pressure. These things are the cause of the delay for the release.
I am told that she is in good spirits and feeling fine!
Thank you to all of you for your emotional, spiritual and monetary support! Between all sources, we have raised about $9,000, the surgery is paid for and we are moving into recuperative assistance!
Thank you again!
Jackie on behalf of Cristina and Leon
She is still in surgery. I will know more later!
jackie for Cristina
First an update and then some words from Cristina!
Her spirits are high and all of her testing and images have been completed. The CAT scan shows that the fractures and breaks are much more severe than the original x-rays showed.
She is scheduled for surgery at 11am on this Friday morning, the 29th of May at INT Hospital in Tijuana. She will have 3 ortho surgeons attending, the main surgeon is Dr. Peña. They are going to have to put in a medial plate and a lateral plate to fix the issue. Her leg is broken all the way up the back of the knee, as well as the major bones in the leg right below the knee. We expected the lateral plate, maybe two, but not the medial. The medial plate is the most expensive at about $1,300. She should be in the hospital for 24 to 48 hours after the surgery and then will need someone to attend her when she returns home.
The medial plate alone increased the cost of the surgery to $7,000 including hospital and doctors. As of last evening, through the good graces of all of you who have donated, we have raised $5,934 so we don't have much more to go to cover the surgery. Please, if you are on Facebook, share the GoFundMe page with your friends. Some of the donations have come from folks that don't even know her but want to help. Please pass it around! Not everyone is on my mailing list so please pass the update to folks you know who have donated so the Thank You reaches all!
Now some words from Cristina:
Love, Trust and Gratitude
I have always been told that everything happens for a reason and any being on Earth lives in order to learn something from their experiences.
Sometimes is not very clear for me what I suppose to do or learn. So I try my best, fighting my own battles, living my life the easiest way I can, because things happen so suddenly and in a fraction of a second your life changes totally.
In my case I had my leg broken, severely behind my knee, which limited my actions to a long stay in bed because I cannot move myself. I was wondering... what should I learn from such a painful experience?
But then an extraordinary thing happened: People! Lots and lots of people! Friends, people that I know, people that I don’t know, people coming from everywhere! I had no idea how many people could be so determined to assist. This big movement of people was like a huge wave of solidarity and generosity that entered my life.
They came and helped me in so many ways that I could not even imagine! Those people taught me the real meaning of these words: Love, Trust and Gratitude.
So now, here I am, trying hard to find a way to translate in words in my deep appreciation to all and each of you, who dedicated your time and effort to support me in any possible way, carrying me in your hearts and your best thoughts.
As much as I think, the only words that come to me are very simple and so much used, I hope they are enough because it is all I have:
Thank you very much so!