This is our sweet daughter, Hannah. She was robbed of the fullness of life after an accident in July 2019. She suffered a concussion and whiplash injury which contributed to the downward spiral of her health. She also has Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome which was exacerbated by the injury. She now spends most of her days in bed except for special occasions when she pushes herself to have some semblance of a normal life for a few hours, only to go back to bed with many debilitating symptoms from over-exertion. Her worst days are spent in her room in complete darkness and severe pain.
After being passed from one doctor to the next for two and a half years, we made the decision to travel to a specialist in Florida who diagnosed her with severe cervical instability. The integrity of the ligaments that hold the spine together is compromised. As a result, her jugular vein is completely compressed, her cerebral and vertebral arteries are restricted, her optic nerve is damaged, and her vagus nerve is compressed and degenerating. Cervical instability is progressive and degenerative so time is of the essence when it comes to treatment. Because of the severity of her case, Hannah needs 9-12 treatments spaced three weeks apart.
This doctor has been successful in treating thousands of cases like Hannah's, but the specialized treatment is costly, and the doctor is not part of our insurance network. Unfortunately, there are very few doctors in the country who are knowledgeable enough about this condition to properly treat her, so traveling to Florida every three weeks is the best option for recovery. Driving there is out of the question because extended travel time is impossible for Hannah. So with airfare, a 2-3 night hotel stay each time, car rental, food, and the cost of treatment, we humbly ask for your help. Hannah has not been able to attend her senior year of high school and she desperately wants her life back. She hopes to graduate high school and pursue a degree in radiology at IU. If you feel led to help Hannah, we would be forever grateful.