Updates: Christine Brown -Major facial reconstruction surgery.

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  • Terrible News      20 December 2017
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    We just received a phone call from Dunedin Hospital after we have booked and paid for our accommodation in Dunedin advising us that the operation has been cancelled because of an acute patient and that nothing could be done about it . We have already made plans and commitments so instead of us losing out on what we have paid , Hubby and me will still be going to stay in Dunedin as will be the first time we have been able to get away alone in 30 years , so operation is now planned for February .

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  • Latest update      20 December 2017
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    Well tomorrow on our way back to Dunedin for my final stage on Friday the 22nd December , they will be attempting to fix a hole in my eardrum , realign my right eye and place a gold weight within the eyelid , refill my right cheek with my own fat , and realign my right side of mouth so its not drooping , I am not anticipating on staying in Hospital over xmas , but given past history it doesn't look great . My husband and I will be the only ones travelling this time with it being Christmas and if by chance I am kept in and issues arise , my hubby will travel back on Sunday to be with our family for xmas day . So everyone may all your wishes and dreams come true and MERRY CHRSTMAS to all .

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  • Not long to go now      08 December 2017
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    Well not long to go now until the 22nd of December and were back in Dunedin Hospital for the final stage and last operation hopefully , I have enclosed a black and white photo of Christine before surgery and will take a final one after this op so we can all compare the difference that Mathew Leaper and his team have made , Its been a long journey and an expensive one too , with accommodation been the biggest killer , I have maxed out my credit cards and if it was not for the generosity of everyone that's donated we would be Bankrupt as a result . Every donation has helped so much and we cannot thank people enough for what they have done for us and our family , so god bless and Merry Christmas to all .

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  • Christine is still not too good      28 November 2017
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    Well today people Christine collapsed and is now back in Hospital with same symptoms as last time for renal failure , blood tests have been done and waiting on the results , we spent about one and a half hours at Kew Hospital and came out to go have tea and some lowlife had decided to Key my Van once again on the left front guard in front of security cameras at the Hospital , so they are going to review footage tonight for us , Christine is supposed to go back up to Dunedin for her final operation on the 22nd December , so are all booked for that already , any donation no matter how small will help us at this difficult time of year and god bless for the help already received , words cannot express the gratitude we feel by the generosity of all .So Merry Christmas everyone and a Happy new Year XXXX.

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  • Latest update      10 November 2017
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    I have a date the 22nd of December for my final surgery in Dunedin , so if nothing goes wrong I might just be home for Christmas ? Still accepting donations as it will definitely help us out and again thanking everyone who has donated or gifted up till now its been a life saver for all of us .We still feel terrible asking for financial help as we have never had to ever until now and especially with Christmas coming up too , good news is I still have my job at the moment so any help that you feel you can offer will be a godsend , thanking you and Merry Christmas to all XXXXX the Brown Family Tribe .

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  • the latest updates      27 October 2017
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    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/98286996/woman-with-new-face-finds-compliments-hard-to-accept

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  • Well just about done and what an expensive journey it was      10 October 2017
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    Well Christine is now home and doing well ,She is expected to have follow up surgery hopefully before xmas to do her eardrum , eye lid gold weight and just a few tidy ups , took our van into painters today and will be without it for just over 2 weeks as every panel bar the actual back door was damaged , I still cannot comprehend why anyone would have stooped so low as to have done what they did and the work isn't cheap ,Glad I have insurance but alas I lose my 75% no claims bonus and premiums will go up next year as will my excess , and I would personally like to thank the parasites who did this . ( Thank You ) Oh well cannot wallow as life still goes on , so smile and be happy .

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  • Finally Christine is Home      30 September 2017
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    After spending 6 weeks in Dunedin , Isis finally let us bring Christine home , she needs help still but its not a hassle for us and its a pleasure to give back since she has put up with my crap for 32 years , My turn now lol .

    It will take time to get her back to where she was physically and emotionally , but we will get there . We have requested a complete media block as now is the time for Family and we intend to stick to this. Thanking everyone that has supported us on our Journey , she still has one more operation before its finally over and this will be done at a later date when she is well enough to do so .

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  • Christine is still not too good      20 September 2017
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    well nearly 4.5 weeks in Dunedin and Christine is still not well , she will be transferred to ISIS rehabilitation in the morning where she will be in for a very long road to recovery , its been an expensive venture for us all given there are five of us and accommodation costs are a killer and so is food , we thank everyone that has donated as if not we would be on financially ruined now as associated costs are incredible and more than what we anticipated , Dunedin isn't cheap like Invercargill .We have never asked for or needed help ever and feel guilty in seeking it , but without it we will crash financially , so once again we thank you all .I hope the picture isn't to graphic and am sorry if I offend anyone by posting it .

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  • more information obtained     15 September 2017
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    Christine certainly was in renal failure and Kew Hospital have been great getting on top of things , she may have had a mini stroke too , so she is going to sent to ISIS in Dunedin for rehabilitation which could take some time , I myself know of there reputation and I could not be more pleased as she will have one on one care , still a long road ahead , but the faith I have in ISIS is beyond comprehension , Its perfect .

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  • Not doing to well at all     13 September 2017
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    Christine was rushed to Hospital in an Ambulance yesterday with a suspected TIA , Drs thought stroke as well or infection to the brain , they did blood tests and a cat scan , scan showed nothing but blood tests revealed she is in Kidney Failure , MRI this morning then possible transfer too Dunedin via the chopper . I will do a further update once I know more and plans are in motion .

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/96784347/woman-with-new-face-hospitalised-with-suspected-kidney-failure

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  • Not doing to well at the moment      08 September 2017
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    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/96651561/another-setback-for-face-reconstruction-patient

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  • Latest news      31 August 2017
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    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/96349533/face-reconstruction-patient-to-lose-part-of-ear

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  • No Good      30 August 2017

    Travelled to Dunedin today to see Mathew Leaper about Christines dying ear he wants to see us again next Wednesday and see if any more has died if not then under local there going to cut the top and any dead flesh off . The only way I can describe it is just like Frostbite . Compared to the last photo is got a lot worse and definitely Blacker .

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  • This is her Dying ear      27 August 2017
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    Her ear is getting worse , we meet again with ENT tomorrow at Kew at 1.00pm

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  • Not to good at the moment      26 August 2017
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    Christine saw Mathew Leaper at the ENT in Invercargill on Friday unfortunately her ear is starting to die so we are travelling back to Dunedin on Wednesday morning the 30th August for an urgent consultation with the specialists to see how and what there approach is going to be , we have also received a lot of negativity because of the give a little page I have setup for my Wife and family for accommodation costs which are not cheap plus food , gas , etc etc etc . We thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts who have helped and its been a remarkable journey and its still on going as well , Christine has also found out that her Job of seven years is no longer open , so she is now unemployed .

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  • She has come home      23 August 2017
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    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/96057977/face-reconstruction-patient-going-home

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  • Nearly Finnished      18 August 2017
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    Christine went into surgery on Tuesday morning at 7.30 am and came out of theatre at 12.48 am on Wednesday morning , she was placed in ICU and been the woman she is was transferred to the Surgical ward 3 11B that afternoon , the surgeons took bone from her shin bone and modelled a new cheek bone then placed tummy fat into the cheek to fill it out they also fixed her ear canal and repaired a damaged ear drum as well they also fixed her droopy eye but damaged the nerve so she cannot close it by herself and she will have this repaired when they get her back for the second operation where they will place a gold weight within her eye lid which works wonders so I have been told , she is not lucid as yet and may not be for quite a few days yet but rest assured she is on some very good fairy meds , we would as a family like to thank everyone in New Zealand whom has donated and given well wishes to Christine during this very long awaited operation and also to the surgeons who have achieved what they set out to do . XXXX

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  • Time to share      26 July 2017
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    Met with Dunedin crew today and on the 1st of August I will be going up for day surgery to recut an old scar then stitch back up to produce increased blood ready for the big operation on the 15th of August where I have to be there at 6.30 in the morning , the operation itself is going to take 12 to 16 hours and I will be having a Tracheotomy before they start the procedure so that I can actually breathe , I will be placed in either ICU or the HDU for 3 days until I can manage on my own , Have been assured by all its going to hurt , hey they have good meds lol . I will also be in a drug induced coma for the first couple of days as well .

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  • All go now      12 July 2017

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/94624627/bullied-womans-face-to-be-reconstructed-in-august

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  • Time to go      11 July 2017
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    1 st of August is the day I am to be admitted for my first Surgery .

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  • All go      19 May 2017
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    29th May meet all the Doctors in Dunedin to discuss plans and dates and sign all papers . Its all go .

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  • All go      04 May 2017

    Dunedin have confirmed July for first operation , cannot wait .

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  • Otago Daily      24 April 2017

    https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/facial-reconstruction-wait-nearly-over

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  • Ladybug Foundation (Neurofibromatosis NZ)     23 April 2017

    Christine has proudly been made the Ambassador for this foundation to promote and spread awareness of Neurofibromatosis

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  • New Zealand Herald reports      31 March 2017

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/health/news/article.cfm?c_id=204&objectid=11829463

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  • This is more information for anyone thats interested in learning more      31 March 2017

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/91064939/southern-surgeon-faces-challenge-to-fix-invercargill-womans-face

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  • New Picture      31 March 2017
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    Another view

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  • New Pictures      31 March 2017
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    These are scan pictures of Christines face actually showing what is missing and the challenge it will be for Mr Leaper .

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