Bridgette’s PFFD operation
- By: Bridgette Bowley
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/bridgette-bowley
My name is Bridgette Bowley, I’m 20 years old and I was born with PFFD. My left leg was not developed at all at birth and was significantly shorter than the other leg. Over the last 20 years, I’ve had over 20 operations to lengthen and reconstruct my hip, knee, and ankle.
A month ago, I reached out another doctor of mine at St Mary's Hospital in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA called the the Paley Limb Lengthening Institute to acquire a second opinion because he's a specialist in limb lengthening alongside the fact that due to successful fundraising in the year 2001 & 2003 we managed to raise the money for Dr. Paley to fly out to South Africa to be assisted by Dr. Eltringham to perform my first successful surgery being her super hip and the first femur lengthening. Doctor Paley has always been by our side and given advice for all my operations throughout the years of my short leg journey.
After sending him all the latest x-rays he said that he would be able to help me and is willing to perform the final surgery, unfortunately, he cannot do the operations here in South Africa and we will have to travel to America.
I've been sent a quotation for costs incurred which includes the Doctors, 6 hour Surgery time, recovery, 5 nights hospital stay, physiotherapy, x rays, medication and labs with 35% discount totals USD $58587.75. Then the total comes to USD $108 805.82, at this moment it is R 1 553 747.11, In addition, we'll need flights for 3 people is roughly R53 321.79.
Accommodation and food I'm still calculating because we are waiting for DR Payley to inform us how long we’ll need to be in the States for the surgery and post-op. But we’ve estimated 8 weeks but as I've said I’m is still waiting for confirmation from Dr. Paley.
I hope to reach this target in the next year and all funds raised will be put towards the operation at The Paley Limb Lengthening Institute which will be life-changing.
Without this operation, my only other option is for my leg to be amputated from the knee down.