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Our daughter has Ehlers- Danlos Syndrome with failing stomach, please help us

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Raising funds for our daughter to see a Gastro specialist in Wellington. He specialises in Ehlers- Danlos syndrome

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  Hawke's Bay

Our beautiful daughter Caitlin is 18 years old. She has Ehlers -Danlos Syndrome which was formally diagnosed in June this year, we travel monthly to Auckland to the only specialist who provides treatment in New Zealand.

Caitlin leads a life filled with pain despite many trials of pain relief, sadly frequent dislocations are normal and we are saving for a wheelchair to help minimise dislocation.

Our finances are at their limit and we are asking for help as her stomach is now failing. We have a referral to see a specialist in Wellington about her condition, he too has full understanding of Ehlers- Danlos and the effects on the stomach. We understand tests will need to be done and we simply can’t afford this extra expense.

It has taken 8 years of hospitals, specialists and support to reach where we are today.

We are thankful to everyone who has helped us through this difficult time, We are now asking for financial help to provide Caitlin with ongoing treatment.

Please help us, she has been through so much and is so loved.


Use of funds

Funds raised will be used to pay for ongoing treatment and a wheelchair.

This means we can continue her treatment with the rheumatologist in Auckland whom we can only see privately but also see the Gastroenterologist.

Latest update

Appointment for Caitlin  14 December 2019

We are so relieved to have secured an appointment for Caitlin to see the Gastroenterologist. This is a vital first step in getting the correct treatment for her stomach deterioration. It’s with heartfelt thanks we are grateful for the donations and offers of help and support.

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  • Anke

    Anke on 30 Dec 2019


    Thinking of you Caitlin Wishing you all the best and lots of strength.


  • Alexis G

    Alexis G on 24 Dec 2019


    Merry Christmas Caitlin


  • Kya

    Kya on 23 Dec 2019



  • June

    June on 16 Dec 2019



  • Jackie and Gavan

    Jackie and Gavan on 09 Dec 2019


    Sorry to hear of Catlin's illness as we only heard of it from Kelly yesterday. We had no idea as to what you were going through and our thoughts are with you. We hope this donation helps. Love Jackie and Gavan


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