Brittany, NZ Health has let her down. After starting facial reconstruction they tell her there is no money to finish the job!

$166,400 of $250,000 goal
Given by 2599 generous donors in around 7 months

Fundraising for Brittany to get her surgery

Christchurch, Canterbury

After 12 months of enduring an external metal distraction to realign her jaw, which would then be followed with fat grafting and a prosthetic jaw fitted, she had a meeting with one of her Dr’s on Thursday the 2nd Dec, assuming they would be booking her in for next step only to be told BUT there is no funding available through the DHB for the surgery!!!

After 17 years this girl deserves a break - if the Govt wont pay for it, lets help her out and just get it done!

Brittanys' story of how she got here is below:

Over 17 years ago, at 8 years old, Brittany was diagnosed with alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma stage 3.

She went through 12 months of chemotherapy, radiation and a partial trial of a resection, a MRI showed no evidence of cancer in Oct 2007. But in March 2008 an MRI found the tumor was back with a vengeance. Brittany was palliative, no other treatment or options were available, “her parents were told to take her home and keep her comfortable with morphine”, she had no symptoms, she looked amazing, they were numb!!

Her mum, Dawn, wouldn’t accept this and knew there must be someone who can help Brittany, after googling she found an amazing consultant in Lower Hutt who was prepared to remove the tumour as long as it would be curative, not to give her more time. After a 13 hour operation, It worked but they needed to removed part of her skull base and all of her jaw, this was replaced by a free flap ( from her stomach muscle), she looked different but was alive.

After years of ongoing surgeries, losing her hearing and sight on her right side as well as over 100's of admissions to hospital Brittany had a plan to look a little “normal”.

An external metal distraction was attached which she turned with a special screwdriver to stretch and bring the face more central. This has been on over 12 months, once removed fat grafting and then excitingly a skull base prosthetic jaw. But with no funding available she cannot get some semblance of a normal life back.

Anna Meyer's involvement (page creator)

Family friend

Use of funds

Surgery - Fat grafting and a skull base prosthetic jaw.

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Latest update

STILL WAITING  2 June 2022

Brittany has been to Auckland a couple of times and had zoom meetings with the Doctors who are confident that they can restore some of her features. However, it is proving to be a lengthy process with a lot of consultation required amongst themselves. We still don't have a firm date - could take another 3-4 months decision making. At this stage we do not have a final figure but our initial hope of raising $250,000 is still looking like what will be needed. Thank you all for your donations - it will be a life changing operation when it finally happens.

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Siubhan 3 days ago
The system may have let you down Brittany, but we've all got your back. Keep shining, your journey will be a light to someone else one day. Sending love.
Kevin 4 days ago
Colin 5 days ago
Hand in there. you are doing good
Patrick on 21 Jun 2022
James on 21 Jun 2022
You have extraordinary courage Brittany, stay strong!

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Paying to a verified bank account of Dawn Kremers on behalf of Brittany
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