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House Burnt Down the Day After the Final Major Life-Saving Surgeries

House Burnt Down the Day After the Final Major Life-Saving Surgeries

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I am using BackaBuddy to assist Abby, an established freelance digital strategist who is a true survivor, in the past 4 months she has been through more severe traumas than most people can even imagine. This campaign is to help her focus on her recovery process & assure her that there is a huge caring community willing to support her. I hope that together we can raise the funds to cover her income loss during this period of time.  

Imagine going through all of these unexpected life-threatening traumas within months. Then only hours after coming out of theatre from your hopefully final surgery...You find out that your entire house has burnt down. And your boyfriend narrowly made it out, smoke inhalation & serious burns plus obvious PTSD. One furkid made it out but the little Pomeranian hid in a bedroom engulfed in flames someone scaled the wall to the 2nd floor, smashed the window & saved her.

If this already sounds surreal then let's just get back to the medical part where it started with an emergency operation, Abby survived flatlining during that surgery. That op caused further complications & less than a week later Abby was admitted to ER. This time a specialist was able to diagnose her with the rare disorder Fowler's Syndrome. A disorder where young females pelvic floor muscles contract & "trap" the bladder.

This can result in the bladder rupturing. To get to that diagnosis there were still more challenges ahead. By the time Abby reached ER this time she was retaining 4.1 litres of fluid, most bladders rupture with less than 2.5 litres. Another "miracle". She also had to have several catheters inserted during her time in & for a brief weekend out of hospital, where she got to see her BF & pups, not knowing it may have been the last time ever. During that time though her catheter shifted & ripped her bladder wall & was only 50ml under threshold for needing a blood transfusion!

The overall immense stress caused Uncontrolled Hypertension. Her BP shot to 229/127. Known as Hypertensive Crisis. This is puts you at the highest risk for a heart attack & stroke. In her case she was at the point of an Ischemic Stroke. When blood supply is cut off to a part of the brain. Quick-thinking doctors & paramedics who brought "emergency-schedule" meds & decided between saving her from a stroke or a heart attack.

By now the pressure on Abby's kidneys was a huge concern. In order to fully establish that there weren't any tumours etc. An Iodine IV CT Scan was required. It can be painful but usually lasts a max of 5-7 min as the kidneys excrete the iodine fluid. Abby's kidneys were 4 times their normal size & retained that fluid in them for an excruciating 8.20hrs. No pain meds allowed either! This led to near acute renal failure. She made it through.

Abby is a candidate for a pacemaker implant device, there was another very stressful trial period before where she was prone to infection, the device has since been inserted in her upper buttock with wires leading into her spinal cord that connect to the nerves linked to the bladder & causes 24/7 shocks. Something to get used to I imagine. It's still a very long journey/adjustment ahead but she has remained incredibly strong.

With the fire there are other immense financial stressors and her recovery has been setback massively. Which is why I hope we can all come together & donate whatever we can to provide some financial support for now!

Donations

  • Aug 10, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "

    Dear Cybil, I hope this helps your daughter's situation.

    " - Desiree Taylor

  • Jun 10, 2021 - R 250.00
  • "I’m so sorry you’re going through this - wishing you an easy physical and emotional recovery " - Tanya

  • May 31, 2021 - USD $ 116.08
  • "Good luck with everything :) " - Patrick Tivnan

  • May 27, 2021 - USD $ 72.65
  • "Sending you love and strength Abby " - Lorinda Voges

  • May 26, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Sterkte hun! You're a fighter and I know you've got what it takes to pull a Phoenix x x " - Leigh

  • May 26, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Abby & Richard & your fur babies, I cannot imagine what you are going through. Hope this will help in a small way. xoxo Liezel & Mike " - liezel

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Donations to date

R 6 350.05

Fundraising target

R 86 000.00
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I am using BackaBuddy to assist Abby, an established freelance digital strategist who is a true survivor, in the past 4 months she has been through more severe traumas than most people can even imagine. This campaign is to help her focus on her recovery process & assure her that there is a huge caring community willing to support her. I hope that together we can raise the funds to cover her income loss during this period of time.  

With the fire there are other immense financial stressors and her recovery has been setback massively. Which is why I hope we can all come together & donate whatever we can to provide some financial support for now!