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INTERNATIONAL SURGICAL FOUNDATION's Fundraiser:

Flight for Yasmeli's LIFE

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Yameli Featured on Fox 8 News
October 06, 2016

AeroCare Air Ambulance Transported Teen With Spinal Injury From Dominican Republic To U.S. For Emergency Surgery.  See more

THE STORY:

Overview: Funds are urgently needed to provide medical transportation for 13-year old Yasmeli Guzman from the Dominican Republic to HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea in Arizona for LIFE-SAVING surgery. We are requesting your help on a humanitarian emergency basis to help save Yasmeli’s life. Without the help of a modern facility, she will likely die from meningitis or a brain herniation due to an uncommon and yet normally correctable complications of spinal surgery.   We urgently need to get Yasmeli to the United States via Medical Air Transport.

Background:  In 2010, we met a beautiful child by the name of Yasmeli who fueled our commitment to create International Surgical Foundation. She at the time was 7 years old and too young to have a definitive scoliosis surgery for her 69-degree curve. By 10 years of age in 2013, her curve had increased to 103 degrees. Multiple attempts were made to bring her to the United States in 2013 and 2015 but we were unable to find a hospital that would accept her on a humanitarian basis. By 2015, her curve had progressed to 129 degrees and her pulmonary function had declined. It was clear that waiting was no longer an option and that her progressive juvenile onset scoliosis would ultimately limit her function and shorten her life.

On September 2nd, 2016, we moved forward with surgery at a government run public hospital in the Santo Domingo, the only facility that was available at the time.  We were unaware of the issues that would befall us at a facility that receives almost all of the trauma patients for the region yet suffered with restricted resources to maintain basic infection control protocols, consistent imaging capabilities, and dedicated nursing care.

On the 4th day after surgery, Yasmeli developed a persistent cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) leak.  She was promptly returned to surgery after which she did well for only a short period of time, but would again leak CSF and was eventually diagnosed with a hospital acquired infection and CSF leak.  The ISF team spent days prior to each surgery trying to obtain a CT-myelogram which would identify the source of the leak quickly but it is not available at any of the hospitals in Santo Domingo.

While on a 2-week bed rest protocol, five days after the second attempt to repair the CSF leak under suboptimal conditions, she developed another CSF leak on Friday September 23rd.  Yasmeli’s life is now threatened, she is at risk of dying if the leak is not repaired. At the U.S. facility, her problem can be quickly corrected and will afford her a shorted hospitalization and an improved survival prospect.

What You Can Do:  We are in urgent need of donations toward the cost of the surgery, medical tests, and medical transportation to Arizona.  We have surgeons and the surgical team that originally treated Yasmeli waiting in Arizona to save Yasmeli's life.  

Cost Breakdown:

  • Surgery - $50,000
  • Medical Air Transport - $35,000
  • Ambulance Transportation, Housing and Food in Arizona  - $7,500
  • 2 Weeks of Rehabilitation - $6,900

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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To This Fundraiser

$56,516

MONEY RAISED
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  • Evelissy Rodriguez

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Evelissy Rodriguez

    $900

  • Oscar Sanchez

     

  • Nestor Lopez

    $40

  • Anonymous

     

  • Pedro Guzman

    $1,000

  • Elio Burgos

    $465

  • Marc Brandon MD

    $500

  • Anonymous

     

  • Dr. Gregory Grant

    $1,000

  • Julissa Gonzalez

    $10

  • Desert Institute for Spine Disorders, PC

    $5,000

  • Isabel Tavares

    $25

  • Elias delivery

    $30

  • Lupillo

    $15

  • Gonzalo delivery

    $30

  • Dilsa castellanos

     

  • Veronica Arteaga

     

  • Jane D'Amelio

    $100

  • Carlos Guzman

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Sugeidy Reynoso

     

  • Rafael (ilustre)

    $20

  • Jahaira (nueva)

    $20

  • Ronny, greisy, Gladys

     

  • ANGEL TAVERAS

     

  • Jamilet Vera

     

  • Raul M. Webster MD

    $1,000

  • Keila

    $50

  • K2 Fitness

    $200

  • Yaquelin Severino

    $40

  • Eleven Masselin

    $25

  • Terry Schmidt

     

  • Alexandra Abad

     

  • Rosa Estrella

     

  • Antonio, Barbara Lantigua y Familia

    $300

  • Anonymous

     

  • Eladio Ovalles

    $10

  • Mariel ramos

    $25

  • Nairoby Villar

    $25

  • John Vanderhoof

    $1,000

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Anonymous

     

  • Zach Hilton

     

  • Rosanny Nunez

     

  • Right Toyota, Scottsdale, AZ

    $2,500

  • Eddy Fernández

    $50

  • James Navratil

     

  • Rosie

     

  • Jesus Dominguez

    $100

  • Mariely Abreu

    $25

  • Maggy

     

  • Pablo Bencosme & Familia

    $200

  • Martin Bello

    $50

  • Endy Estrella

    $30

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Albania Guzman

    $100

  • Melisa Guzman

    $15

  • Rachel Gonzales

    $1,600

  • Osiris y Dilcia

    $150

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Carlos Hernandez

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Miguel

    $25

  • Yaniris Munoz

     

  • Miguel bus boyy

    $40

  • Stefania Guzman

    $50

  • desiree khoshaba

    $10

  • Ana Munoz

    $25

  • Evely Caraballo

    $17

  • Roberto cuba

    $100

  • Roberto cuba

    $100

  • Francisco Nuñez

    $200

  • Rachel Gonzalez Perez

    $1,000

  • Laura Peralta

     

  • Carmen Ruiz

    $105

  • Yudith trabajo

    $40

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Carmen Marrero

    $100

  • Jose Luis pena

    $50

  • Kirsis Liquet

    $2,000

  • Norys Guzman

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Jenniffer Castillo

    $50

  • Ydalina Beato

    $25

  • Rachel Gonzales

    $500

  • Fernando burgos

    $100

  • Isis Delarosa

     

  • Raynilda Guzman

    $380

  • Nikki Hoppe

    $25

  • Miguel & Luz Grullon

    $44.85

  • Passaic peds

     

  • Jeffry Polanco el caballito

    $100

  • Jose rafael guzman

    $100

  • Carlos guzman

    $300

  • Globus Medical

    $14,400

  • Anonymous

    $500

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57% Raised of $100,000 Goal

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The Team: $56,516 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

INTERNATIONAL SURGICAL FOUNDATION

Amount Raised

$42,984

 

43% Raised of $100,000 Goal

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Yahaira Guzman

Amount Raised

$7,740

Fundraiser Title

Right Toyota

Amount Raised

$2,600

Fundraiser Title

Lisette Guzmán

Amount Raised

$2,037

Fundraiser Title

Albania Guzman

Amount Raised

$500

Fundraiser Title

Raynilda Guzman

Amount Raised

$480

Fundraiser Title

Lissette Estrella

Amount Raised

$140

Fundraiser Title

Yanmi Terrero Durán

Amount Raised

$25

Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $500

2 years ago

Globus Medical

Globus Medical

DONATION: $14,400

2 years ago

Carlos guzman

Carlos guzman

DONATION: $300

2 years ago

Jose rafael guzman

Jose rafael guzman

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Jeffry Polanco el caballito

Jeffry Polanco el caballito

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Passaic peds

Passaic peds

2 years ago

Miguel & Luz Grullon

Miguel & Luz Grullon

DONATION: $44.85

Good luck 2 years ago

Nikki Hoppe

Nikki Hoppe

DONATION: $25

Best wishes for your recovery! 2 years ago

Raynilda Guzman

Raynilda Guzman

DONATION: $380

Princesa, ya estaras recuperada para la Gloria de Dios! â 2 years ago

Isis Delarosa

Isis Delarosa

God bless her 2 years ago