US$1,420.00raised of $2,500.00 goal goal
A month ago Cydni was an independant 28 year old woman, who moved around her world with ease.Going to work, enjoying time out with her friends and not having to ask anyone for help with anything. She lived a simple life on the mediocre salary she earned but sadly it wasn't enough to pay for medical insurance. Life was good and seemed to be getting better.
Then without warning, as these things usually happen, a tummy bug turned into Guillan-Barre Syndrome or GBS. A nasty auto-immune syndrome that robs a person of their independence by attacking the nervous system and paralysing them. In a matter of days Cydni's muscles had lost their power and she was unable to move, or even hold onto her sister who was trying to move her to get her to the hospital.
Because she doesn't have medical insurance she was taken to a public hospital which is scary here in South Africa. It is well known that the care given in these places are minimal at best but needs must.
The prognosis was scary, It would take Cydni anything from 6 months to years to get any movement back. But because of quick thinking, Cydni was able to get treatment within the critical time and only after 1 month she has 60% movement back, though she is still working on getting the strength back and will have to learn how to do what we take for granted.
And this is where we stand now.
Because she has responded so well to treatment, the doctors are thinking about discharging her from hospital this week. We're both excited and afraid.of this moment. I will be her care-giver and am lucky to have a job which is internet based, so I can be with her 24/7 And with some modifications we can make her apartment wheelchair friendly.
The difficult part, as always are the finances. Cydni's company will not be paying her any more of her salary after the 3rd that they will pay at the end of this month and the company I worked for has now ended as I could not fulfill my duties because I needed to be taking care of my daughter. Just her rent and normal living costs, are more than we both will be earning. I will be applying for Unemployment Benefits which will also only pay a third of her salary and looking into the future until Cydni is able to get back on her feet and return to work our living costs will now have medical and treatment costs added to the budget.
With our combined current salaries Cydni and I can cover $500 but the budget which stands at $2500 per month until she is back on her feet. We would be eternally grateful if you could share a tiny portion of your income to help boost ours over the next few months. Every bit will help.
Thank you in advance.
- Vanessa Kelly
Giant LeapsUpdate posted by Vanessa Kelly at 12:54 pm
Over the last month Cydni has been incredible. She has shown such determination to overcome this challenge. Last week she took her first solo steps and though she could only take a few steps, she kept pushing until she could walk across her apartment without assistance. This week her gait. . . . .
Baby StepsUpdate posted by Vanessa Kelly at 11:08 am
With your very kind donations, we have been able to find a great physiotherapist that does house calls and who is helping Cydni relearn how to walk properly with confidence and unlocked knees. She is now able to stand up from her wheelchair and using her walker move around the