Miller Fisher syndrome is a rare, auto-immune, acquired nerve disease that is considered to be a variant of Guillain-Barré syndrome. It is characterised by abnormal muscle coordination, paralysis of the eye muscles and absence of the tendon reflexes. Like Guillain-Barré syndrome, symptoms may be preceded by a viral illness. Additional symptoms include generalized muscle weakness and respiratory failure. Only about 1-9 people in a million are unfortunate enough to be afflicted with this.
When Russell became ill initially she only had cold and flu symptoms. Soon it degenerated into something far worse, and now she's been in hospital for a few days, and expects to be there for at least a week. She's an overseas foreign worker from the Philippines working here in Singapore, doing a fantastic job as a nurse looking after elderly people with Alzheimer's syndrome and dementia. The salary is, as you might expect, pretty low. She's 30 years old, and was never expecting to fall ill so early in her life.
She found out that even though she's a nurse, her insurance will only cover the first S$15,000 of her hospital bill, and the total (including MRI scans, blood tests, Intravenous Immunoglobulin, which is some very expensive medication) is likely to come to about S$25,000 once she is hopefully released in a few days time.
She needs your help.
Any small amount would be massively important to helping her pay this bill. Actually, we have no idea how she is going to pay for it if asking you for your assistance doesn't work.
Please give as much or as little as you can. She might lose her job soon due to this illness, and if it has been diagnosed correctly it might actually be a degenerative condition. But we will just have to cross that bridge when we come to it.
We hope you can help in some small way. Please try, even the smallest amount.
Kenny & Kate, on behalf of Russell.