US$7,991.00raised of $25,000.00 goal goal
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This is an urgent appeal to friends, family, and kind-hearted strangers to help me heal. For those who don’t know me, you can learn more about my path as an artist here.
In 2020, in the middle of the pandemic, I underwent hip replacement surgery in South Africa. All was well until just over a year later, when I began feeling pain in the region where I had been operated.
Blood tests revealed that my surgery had not been as successful as we originally thought. After extensive doctors visits and medical opinions, I was told that my hip bone was infected and another hip replacement would be necessary, requiring two surgeries over three months. Specialists in Mozambique warned me of the risks of having the surgeries done locally, and my surgeon in Cape Town said that my infection was so severe that they would likely need to amputate my leg. I was shocked and scared and fell into a deep pit of despair.
With the help of family and friends, I was able to transform my despair into determination to seek an alternative. After an extensive global search, I found a surgical centre with the technology and skill to heal my hip without amputation. The Yashoda Hospital in India is reputable, cost effective, and able to do the surgery as soon as I can get there. The $25,000 I am attempting to raise will cover the two surgeries, hospital stays, and post-surgery physiotherapy.
The surgeon has urged me to come as soon as humanly possible, as the infection is severe and getting worse by the day. The longer I wait, the higher the risk of it entering my bloodstream, causing a life threatening condition called sepsis. I am also in chronic pain, which is weighing down my spirit, hindering my mobility, and keeping me from earning a living.
It is not easy for me to ask for help, but the cost of these surgeries is way beyond my financial means as an artist. Without your collective support, I am facing either the amputation of my leg, tissue damage and organ failure, or death. So time is of the essence, and every donation, no matter how small, is a gift of life.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.
P. S. You can also contribute to the campaign by purchasing my art at the following online galleries and platforms:
This is my only work of art that has been turned into a print. It sells for 335 USD (compared to my original pieces that sell for between 2,000-6,000 USD) and is part of a limited edition of 50. It is 22 x 30 inches in size, numbered and signed by me, and hand-printed in South Africa. For more details: https://www.50ty50typrints.com/prints/fluid-dance-dressed-red/
- Tana Paddock
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