Help Eliza Get Back On Her Feet
After a severe ankle break in 2016, my physical ability took a big hit. I have found a solution to give me back an active life!Auckland
I have always been very active, getting the most joy in life from running, hiking and horse riding. In 2016 at age 18, I had a horse riding accident and broke my ankle.
The break was severe, and I now have severe post-traumatic osteoarthritis - basically some hardcore joint problems. My ankle is fixed in an incorrect position, is unable to flex, and I have ongoing serious pain. Running is impossible and I can only just manage to walk short distances. I am 22 years old and I am desperate to be active again.
I have been searching for any way to get more active, including considering amputation - however there have been no good options on the table, until very recently when I read about a device called the ExoSym. It is a very clever hybrid prosthetic‐orthotic design, ideal for people with painful and damaged ankles like mine. I have done extensive research into the Exosym, (including meeting a New Zealander who has one) and have been informed by the Hanger (ExoSym) Clinic that I am an ideal recipient.
The plan is:
- Step 1: get my ankle fused - a surgery that will fuse my ankle so that it is set at a more practical angle.
- Step 2 (this is what I need funding for): once fusion is healed I will travel to Seattle, Washington (where the Hanger Clinic is based) to get my own ExoSym made and fitted. I will spend approximately 3 weeks there - this will give me enough time to go through the process at the clinic, learning how to use the device + getting adjustments done.
- Step 3: Return home - hopefully with much more mobility and no pain! The ExoSym allows those with damaged ankles to actually run, jump, play sport, hike.... This will open so many doors for me and give me back an active lifestyle!
I aim to get all this done within a year. Aiming for the Ankle fusion surgery sometime early 2020, followed by ExoSym as soon as I am recovered enough (and have the funds - Exosym is about $14,000 NZ dollars).
Please check out the Youtube Link I have provided, about a girl with a similar case to mine - gives more of an idea about how the ExoSym could change my life.
Use of funds
To make this possible I need $20,000 to cover flights + accommodation + living costs + the ExoSym brace (US $9000).
Every dollar donated will significantly help me obtain the Exosym and a more active/pain free life. All money raised will go towards this.
I will be so grateful for any help you can offer to make this happen.
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Another quick update to let you know I am a step closer to getting the Exosym brace!
I am currently in hospital after having surgery on my ankle yesterday, to adjust the angle of my foot (which will help me get more out of the Exosym). I had an arthroscopic scope (removing bone from front of ankle) and my Achilles tendon lengthened (by cutting up the tendon).
Surgery went well, although I won't be able to recognize how successful it was, until after some months of recovery. Next step is to go get the Exosym in Seattle - once travel restrictions have lifted! Thanks for your help getting me there. :)
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This page was created on 7 Nov 2019 and closes on 31 Dec 2020.