Toronto, ON, CA
Venue Address (Get Directions)The Rockpile
Date and Time
Friday, September 17th, 2010 at 8:00pm
We are desperately trying to help the mother of a 10yr old girl (Haley) who has been diagnosed with Arteriovenous Malformation in her brain.
An AVM is a tangle of abnormal and poorly formed blood vessels (arteries and veins). They have a higher rate of bleeding than normal vessels. AVMs can occur anywhere in the body. Brain AVMs are of special concern because of the damage they cause when they bleed. They are very rare and occur in less than 1% of the general population. AVMs that occur in the coverings of the brain are called dural AVM’s." For more information regarding DAVM’s please see www.thedaisyfoundation.ca.
Unfortunately Haley has been deemed inoperable by 3 different Dr.’s at Sick Kids Hospital. There is one Dr. in London, ON that has a different procedure where he can try to remove the feeder veins which may stop the AVM from growing. In order to do so Haley is looking at a minimum of 3 separate surgeries and a 50/50 chance of ending up paralyzed down the left side of her body. Not to mention years of rehabilitation. This too will incur a lot of out of the pocket expenses for Sherry as she does not have medical coverage through her place of employment.
The other option is the Mayo Clinic in the USA. They have a team of Dr.’s that have had a lot of success with the total removal of Dural AVM’s and are willing to look at Haley’s case. The consultation alone ranges from $8,000-$10,000 not to mention the actual cost of the surgery (approx. $300.000 US) should this clinic be able to help Haley. If these Dr.’s are able to help, Haley is then looking at a long road ahead of her with rehab and the possibility of having to stay in the US for up to 1 year. This would mean a tremendous financial burden on Sherry on top of the stress and heartache of watching her daughter go through such a high risk operation.