A young lady in Ireland with no family has been diagnosed with Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia. This lady has worked looking after people her whole life, she is the kindest most generous person I know.She was always over active running around everywhere helping people .Sadly after suddenly developing numbness in her extremeties ,she began her search to figure out what was going on,this lead her to spending thousands of her very hard earned savings on doctors in her country. Eventually they diagnosed Chiari Malformation and syringomyelia. Chiari Malformation is a progressive disease affecting both the brain and spine,it can lead to Syringomyelia as in christines case where a fluid filled cyst develops inside the spine. The syrinx damages the spine as it grows causing paralysis,loss of use of arms and legs,swallowing and sometimes breathing problems. ,However as Christines cyst or syrinx is not wide the doctors in her country are in no hurry to do anything. The common treatment for Chiari Malformation is brain surgery called posterior fossa decompression,this is a highly invasive brain surgery and is only done as a last resort.It is not a cure!!!!!,this brave lady was going to try this hoping anything could be done! However as Chiari and Syringomyelia is a disease not fully understood by many doctors worldwide the only people who could help her the Neurosurgeons in her country refused the operation until the cyst gets bigger. Which meant Christine has been left in near chronic pain ,aware that she faces paralysis or Brain surgery. Everyday she is in constant pain 24hours,her condition has gone from numbness to burning sensations all over,nausea fatigue dizziness ,loss of hearing,poor balance,electric shocks all over the body and most days cannot get up from the bed,. This is no way for a young lady to live.A lady that previously climbed mountains,and worked very hard .. She began to feel she would be better off dead, She has no family and began to sink into a chronic depression,until after months and months of research she came on a clinic in Barcelona that specialise in the treatment of Chiari patients,.Putting her last onze of strength together these doctors looked at her images,they are prepared to offer her a treatment that will stop the growth of the syrinx/cyst and prevent paralysis. BUT THEY CANNOT STOP THE DAMAGE ALREADY BEING DONE. CHRISTINE CANNOT WORK AND IT WOULD TAKE HER MORE THAN TWO YEARS TO RAISE THIS MONEY WE CANNOT WAIT THAT LONG AS CHRISTINES CYST IS THE FULL LENGTH OF HER BODY.AND IF IT WIDENS AT THAT LEVEL SHE WILL BE PARALYSED FROM THE CHEST DOWN..EVERY SECOND COUNTS TO STOP THE PROGRESSION OF NERVE DAMAGE.TIME IS BRAIN AND SPINE.
We are aiming to get the €17,000 together and get Christine to Barcelona before the end of June,every single penny counts.We cannot standby and watch this lady become paralysed, if you even donate €10 this means a lot. If you cannot do that even to share this will help us.If anyone requires more details we have all medical reports and confirmation. Christine is really embarrassed and ashamed to have to do public fundraising but we have no choice.