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Kelly - Jaw Reconstructive Surgery

Kelly - Jaw Reconstructive Surgery

Personal message

My name is Kelly and I am 29 years old and a mother of 3 boys.

In 2015 I had a swelling on the left hand side of my face. I first went to see a dentist and was told that it was a Absys under my tooth. It didnt go away after treatment with antibiotics.So I went to see a doctor and they diagnosed it as Ameloblastoma. I had a huge tumor inside my jaw that was destroying the bone. I had an operation early in 2016 where the tumor was removed but also half of my jaw bone was removed. The tumor had penetrated the bone and the left half of my jaw had to be removed to get the whole tumor out. 

Currently I have a steel plate that is holding my jaw together. I need to have reconstructive surgery where bones will be removed from my ribs and hips and reconstructed to build me a new jawbone. I can not open my mouth fully or chew food that is slightly tough. I also have to be extremly careful around my 1 year old son as any hard knock can cause the plate to bend or move. 

 This operation is very expensive and I desperately need your help please. I live in constant fear that one day something will happen and my whole face will fall flat. This plate can not stay in forever and needs to be replaced as soon as possible.

UPDATE

Today (30/04/2018) we went to se a Maxillo Facial specialist. New x-rays were taken and some semi good news is that the plate is holding strong. Then he hit us with the bad news. The infection in the wound has eaten away soft tissue and flesh. I now need to go for CT scans to ascertain how much damage has been done. He also needs to see if the top part of the bone (I cant remember what he called it) is still intact and viable to hold the plate in place through this process. Our next consultation will include a Plastic surgeon. He will have to decide what can be done to get the infection stopped, removed and to rebuild the soft tissue inside my mouth. They will also be removing alot of my teeth and the wires that are still in place from the original operation. This is a huge set back for us and feels like taking steps backwards. He has also advised us that the process is going to be long and hard. This is something we didnt plan for, so WE, as a family, are now really appealling to any person to please help us. Desperation is now creeping in as we have act swiftly to avoid any further damage and get the infection under control.

So please could you find it in your heart to help me to get this operation done and get my life back to normal. I can not begin to let each and every person know how grateful we , as a family, will be for any help received. 

UPDATE 10/07/2018

I went to go see another Maxillo in pretoria because we recieved devastating news that the maxillo in polokwane could no longer help us due to the serverity of my case he reffered us to an amazing doctor where we finally got some clarity regarding this massive wound on the side of my jaw. The doctor has informed us that I have to go for surgery as soon as possible where they now have to remove the current plate that I have because the infection has originated from there. The infection has created a biofilm around the current titanium plate. The doctor basically explains that the infection comes from the plate not being prepared properly. No antibiotics or any medication is going to clear the infection up where the wound will never heal, I have to walk around with a plaster on my face every single day. I do not have a condile which basically means that the plate is attached directly to my skull, which restricts my jaw from opening like it should. This is causing constant headaches and constant pain that i have to deal with every day I am currently sitting with alot of inflammation. The scary part is that this plate is not made to last forever it can collapse at any given time thus I live in constant fear as if each day is my last. I have been informed that this operation is going to be alot more complicated than what we where told previously. They now have to replace the plate with a new one, where they will also be fixing the current wound on the side of my jaw where they will be cutting around the wound and using flesh from the neck area they basically create a flap then seal it up. It is a little risky but the success rate is high the reason for this is because the nerve runs right under the wound that assists your facial muscles on the left side. During this operation they will also be cutting muscles and bone to allow my jaw to open again because of all this time that has passed it has been restricted my body thinks its a norm. there is still another two operations that lie ahead of me. They will also be removing hip and rib bone and plant it in with the titanium plate. After that they will be putting teeth in for me which i currently do not have. After all the operations i will be sent for physio therapy where they are going to assist with teaching my jaw how to open again to its full capacity.

We now genuinley need all the help we can get, Any donations or help would be appreciated. even if you are able to help us share the post perhaps it will get read by the right people who are in the position to assist we would be extremly grateful.

I also have a face book page called Kelly Hepburn's Recontructive Surgery Fund. If you would like to follow my whole journey and process and read all about the latest updates, you are more than welcome we in need of all the support we can get.

Donations

  • Sep 02, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "xxx" - Wioletta

  • Aug 28, 2018 - R 1 010.00
  • ""Love ya my friend. "" - Sharon Vlooh

  • Aug 22, 2018 - USD $ 15.49
  • "All the best hun x" - Emma

  • Aug 11, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Its not much my friend...but will donate something every month? my prayers are definitely with you and the family xxx" - Wioletta

  • Aug 01, 2018 - USD $ 36.93
  • "Wishing our best recovery." - Orlanda & Joaquim Ferreira

  • Jul 26, 2018 - R 1 010.00
  • "Love ya my friend. " - Sharon Vlooh

  • Jul 25, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Good Luck Kelly" - Sharifa and Mohammed

  • Jul 09, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Good luck Kelly" - Roz Meyer

  • Jul 03, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "kEEP THE FAITH DEAR KELLY!" - MARIETJIE MARE

  • Jun 21, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "My wish is to be a clock-turn time where we can go to be the best for those around us always" - Saartjie Matthysen

  • Jun 19, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "all the best Kelly " - Sally

  • Jun 07, 2018 - R 1 200.00
  • "Dont lose HOPE when the sun goes down....The Stars come out!" - PROMO CULTURE

  • Jun 03, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "All the best and hugs" - Sharifa and Mohammed

  • May 29, 2018 - R 110.00
  • "Good luck" - Marieta

  • May 28, 2018 - R 1 010.00
  • "Get well soon Kelly xoxox" - Liz Maximo

  • May 24, 2018 - R 2 056.40
  • "Wishing you all the best Kelly xoxo" - Natasha Maximo

  • May 16, 2018 - USD $ 83.77
  • "All the Best Kelly" - Shane & Soekie Smith

  • May 12, 2018 - USD $ 8.16
  • "Get Well" - Gareth

  • May 05, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "It’s not much Kelly, but I will try to continuously donate." - Jacqui

  • May 03, 2018 - R 308.46
  • "good luck kelly" - shaun

  • May 02, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "Alle sterkte en glo God sal sorg" - Pieter Sharp

  • May 01, 2018 - USD $ 16.88
  • "I wish You all the best " - Somebody

  • May 01, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Good Luck,if you maybe need a second opinion. Phone Dr Chris Anagostopolous. He was my maxillofacial specialist. Had 10 Ops." - Christel

  • May 01, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Hope you get well soon!" - Karen

  • Apr 28, 2018 - USD $ 40.58
  • "I hope you get all the help you need" - Anonymous

  • Apr 26, 2018 - R 154.23
  • "Get well soon. " - Hennie

  • Apr 24, 2018 - USD $ 17.06
  • "Get Well Soon" - Jason Herbst - BRC Mesh

  • Apr 20, 2018 - USD $ 25.10
  • "Muitas Felicidades, Muito Amor" - Jose & Helena Da Fonseca

  • Apr 20, 2018 - USD $ 41.84
  • "Get Well Soon" - Everest OK Bazaars-Costa

  • Apr 20, 2018 - USD $ 22.01
  • "Get Well Soon" - Koos Mashiya

  • Apr 17, 2018 - USD $ 83.06
  • "Hope you can get the operation soon ! " - Manie

  • Apr 17, 2018 - USD $ 8.74
  • "Get Well Soon" - Leslie

  • Apr 17, 2018 - USD $ 131.06
  • "Ons Liefde, Word Gou Beter." - The Jonker's

  • Apr 17, 2018 - USD $ 20.96
  • "Sorry it is so little, I wish you strength" - Hoedspruit farmer

  • Apr 16, 2018 - R 5 000.00
  • "We wish you all the best!" - Breakeven Engineering

  • Apr 13, 2018 - R 1 500.00
  • "We love you and can’t wait for you to get your surgery xxxxx" - Dee and Chip

  • Apr 13, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Hang in there! you will reach your goal, and have your face back to normal soon Kelly :) " - Sally

  • Apr 13, 2018 - USD $ 8.73
  • "Get Well Soon Kelly" - Willem - BRC Mesh

  • Apr 13, 2018 - USD $ 4.37
  • "All the Best Kelly" - Soloman - BRC Mesh

  • Apr 13, 2018 - USD $ 4.37
  • "Get Well" - Oupa - BRC Mesh

  • Apr 13, 2018 - USD $ 8.73
  • "Get Well Soon" - Gerrie Volschenk - BRC Mesh

  • Apr 13, 2018 - USD $ 8.73
  • "Get Well Kelly" - Eddie - BRC Mesh

  • Apr 12, 2018 - USD $ 8.37
  • "All the Best Kelly" - Anon

  • Apr 11, 2018 - R 1 010.00
  • "Good luck" - Johan Gunter

  • Apr 10, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "All the best" - Sean

  • Apr 09, 2018 - R 3 084.60
  • "Good luck" - Eduan

  • Apr 09, 2018 - R 1 010.00
  • "you are in our praire's ...there is power in the name of our lord..." - herman mostert

  • Apr 07, 2018 - USD $ 26.26
  • "Boa Sorte....Todo o nosso amor" - Mr & Mrs Da Fonseca

  • Apr 07, 2018 - USD $ 87.53
  • "Met liefde, ? paar rand vir ? wonderlike inisiatief..best of luck my girl xx " - Alta Beckley

  • Apr 07, 2018 - USD $ 17.51
  • "All the Best Kelly" - Anonymous

  • Apr 06, 2018 - USD $ 17.53
  • "Good luck" - Private

  • Apr 06, 2018 - USD $ 17.53
  • "All the Best my Sussie" - Shane Roets

  • Apr 06, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck" - Ntai Chapi

  • Apr 05, 2018 - USD $ 8.86
  • "Love you Sis" - Carmen Beckley

  • Apr 05, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Every drop makes the bucket full" - Saartjie Matthysen

  • Apr 05, 2018 - R 10 000.00
  • "Hope it helps!" - Paul Jackson

  • Apr 05, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Good luck" - Anon

  • Apr 04, 2018 - R 51.41
  • "Not much.. hope it helps" - Anon

  • Apr 04, 2018 - USD $ 17.80
  • "Good Luck" - Anon

  • Apr 04, 2018 - USD $ 44.51
  • "All the Best our Grand Daughter" - Ouma and Oupa

  • Apr 04, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "All the best!" - Arnold Terblanche

  • Apr 04, 2018 - USD $ 89.02
  • "Good Luck" - Gavin and Alta Beckley

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Donations to date

R 52 518.64

Fundraising target

R 430 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 1 000.00
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Kelly's Jaw Operation

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I had a tumor removed, but also half of my jaw bone was removed. Currently I have a steel plate that is holding my jaw together. I need to have reconstructive surgery where bones will be removed from my ribs and hips and reconstructed to build me a new jawbone.