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UPDATE: First Post-Op Visit Results

My Father and I returned from our three week visit to Washington D.C. and Virginia at the beginning of December. The three weeks were filled with many post-op appointments, check-ups, physical therapy rehabilitation, vision therapy rehabilitation and even a White Tie Gala event! To say it was a busy time for us is an understatement – only now I am beginning to feel the exhaustion and experiencing a ‘flare up’.

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Lumbar puncture, road trip to Virginia and tornadoes!

Apologies to you all for not posting an update this last month. It has been a pretty hectic time for me and I have been unwell for several weeks. I am finally feeling a little more myself again and have some news to catch you up on!

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UPDATE: Raised Goal to £300,000

Due to my recent diagnosis of CVST (Cerebral Left Vein Sinus Thrombosis) Brain Clot, I am needing to undergo further surgical procedures and take medicated anticoagulant injections twice daily. We have needed to raise our goal target to £300,000 because of the unforeseen urgent medical treatment I need which includes: a haematological blood clot study examination, lumbar puncture on Friday May 20th to test the CSF pressure, and most likely brain surgery to remove the clot and put a stent in to prevent any further clots from forming in the future. This total also includes the 3 critical and lifesaving neurosurgeries and post-op rehabilitation expenses. Every little counts. If you are able to help in any way by donating clicking here, sharing my updated story, and helping to spread awareness of EDS & PoTS, then please do so. We would be forever grateful as a family so I can finally be brought home to England to recover further and resume my MSc at Imperial College.

#CareForLaura Wristbands – Show Your Support

As a “thank you” to those who have helped Laura on her way to a new life, there is, on offer, a token of appreciation in the form of a #CareForLaura wristband.  Wearing one will be a reminder of what has been done, and what continues to be needed, for Laura and her family. If you have not donated yet and wish to contribute to Laura’s Third Critical Neurosurgery (12th April in Washington D.C.), please donate a minimum of £10 to Laura’s medical crowdfunding YouCaring site and you will receive a wristband (please read details below).
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RECENT UPDATE: Possible 3rd Neurosurgery for Laura

Unfortunately, we found out in the follow-up appointment this past week that I have a herniated disc between C6-C7 vertebrae and further instability with overstretched ligaments between C6-T1 vertebrae (due to my EDS). This is causing me significant pain in my neck and will most likely need to be operated on. Continue reading “RECENT UPDATE: Possible 3rd Neurosurgery for Laura”

My Second Critical Lifesaving EDS Neurosurgery: Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome 17th February 2016

A Big Thank You To PESGB Publishing & Spreading Awareness Of My Appeal

Source: Appeal for critical lifesaving neurosurgery for 23 year old PESGB Member Laura Sylvester

I would like to thank PESGB (Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain) for publishing and spreading awareness of my unexpected Second Critical Lifesaving Neurosurgery Fundraising Appeal and my rare genetic disease, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. Continue reading “A Big Thank You To PESGB Publishing & Spreading Awareness Of My Appeal”

SECOND CRITICAL LIFESAVING NEUROSURGERY FUNDRAISING APPEAL

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Since announcing the success of my complex lifesaving craniocervical fusion neurosurgery on the 13th January in Washington D.C., I have been undergoing further clinical tests, X-rays and MRIs of my lumbar spine. The reason for this is that I have been experiencing differently-sourced neurological symptoms that are not linked with my first surgery or neck injuries.
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My Hero: The neurosurgeon who saved my life

It’s about time for you all to recognise and honour the most remarkable talented man, who I can call “my hero”:  Dr. Fraser Henderson. If it wasn’t for Dr. Henderson’s extraordinary and exceptional neurosurgery skills, I would have not made it alive through the neurosurgery Continue reading “My Hero: The neurosurgeon who saved my life”

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