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Ashleigh Needs a New Jaw!

Closed Cause page created in the Health category by Ashleigh Fenn

$6,425 of $50,000 goal
Given by 86 generous donors in around 5 months

I am medically requiring a bilateral jaw joint replacement. This is to ease pain and improve overall function to get my life back.

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Hello there,

My name is Ashleigh,  I'm 20 years old and require a double jaw joint replacement. I have constant pain and an inability to eat a proper diet due to pain and restrictions in my jaw opening and movement. This has been going on since I was 16. I have had many procedures and surgeries in the attempt to fix my jaw problems for good. However, the success these surgeries brought were only temporary, lasting a few months at most. This has interfered with my full-time job, and my Nursing degree that I am struggling to fight through the pain to complete, with only 6 months left to go!

My weight keeps dropping whilst we are trying to find the money to pay for this surgery, as it is classed as a dental procedure and a specialty maxillofacial procedure. With the probability of a nasogastric tube being inserted in the next week or so to help with nutrition as my weight is still on the decline.

My last X-ray had shown some degeneration in one of my condyles, adding to my discomfort and restriction.  I have a 10mm opening in my mouth. And it has remained like this for over a year.

This is the last step in the hope of batting my condition and pain.  Unfortunately the DHBs for my area only fund two of these surgeries per year, which has left us with no other choice than to find the money for the surgery ourselves.

Please don't feel obligated to donate,   we understand that like us,  money is tight for many people.  And we don't by any means really want to take other people's money for the surgery.  But we would appreciate you taking the minute in reading over the content on Ashleigh's TMJD journey on facebook to help get an understanding of what's going on.  Thank you heaps ❤

I just want my life back. I dont even remember what its like to enjoy every day that passes, and to be pain free. And i want to become a Registered Nurse more than anything in the world. But my current health limits that! This also includes full time work. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart!

Use of funds

The customized bilateral jaw joint prosthesis, theatre equipment, stay in hospital and recovery and anything else associated with the making of the new joints and surgically implementing this. This includes special imaging etc.

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Latest update

Nasal Gastric Tube  1 July 2019

Posted by: Ashleigh Fenn

Had a Nasal Gastric tube popped in today. They have me on the list to get a peg feeding tube into my tummy surgically put in place this week as it is more of a long term solution to the nutrition. That will stay in place until I am able to have my surgery.

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Latest donations

Jason on 28 Oct 2019
all the best little squishie. 🤘
Ashleigh Fenn

Thank you so much xx

Ashleigh Fenn
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Guest Donor on 09 Oct 2019
Ashleigh Fenn

Thank you so much xx

Ashleigh Fenn
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Guest Donor on 17 Aug 2019
Ashleigh Fenn

Thank you so much for your kindness. It means alot to me xx

Ashleigh Fenn
Karen on 14 Aug 2019
Good luck Ashleigh
Ashleigh Fenn

Thank you so much for your kindness. It means alot to me xx

Ashleigh Fenn
Maria on 09 Aug 2019
another little donation
Ashleigh Fenn

Thank you so much. It means alot to me xx

Ashleigh Fenn

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