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The family and friends of Alex Ponce De Leon are uniting to raise money to help him pay for his medical expenses. Please show your support!

On August 4th, 2012 Alex Ponce De Leon collapsed on his bathroom floor as he prepared to take his morning shower. He had suffered a brain bleed that would later be found to have been caused by an undiagnosed congenital AVM. AVM stands for Arteriovenous Malformation. It is an abnormal connection between the arteries and veins, typically present since birth. In most cases people do not know that they have an AVM until they begin to experience chronic headaches strong enough to lead them to seek out medical attention. In serious cases, such as Alex's, diagnosis does not occur until the blood vessels rupture causing bleeding in the brain and serious trauma to the individual.

Alex was rushed to Mission Hospital where an on call neurosurgeon was assigned to his case. Alex was not presenting like a typical stroke patient, and on hunch he ordered a series of tests to be run. An MRI proved the Doctor's theory that Alex was suffering from a bleeding AVM. Once they knew what they were working with a team of Doctors spent hours planning out the complicated surgery necessary to remove the AVM. The surgery was successful but Alex still has a long road ahead of him. At present he is still under sedation as his body heals from the bleed as well as the surgery. He will spend the next four weeks, possibly longer, in the hospital recovering. In addition the bleed caused damage to the motor cortex area of the brain, the part that controls muscle movement. It has left Alex paralyzed on the left side of his body. The doctor's are unable to confirm if the paralysis is permanent. His family and friends are hoping and praying that, with rehab and a lot of hard work and support, he will have meaningful mobility recovery

Alex's family is raising money to help cover the cost of medical and rehabilitation services that his insurance does not cover. Donations will also be used to help make modifications to his home. At present doctors are unsure of how permanent his paralysis will be. In any case there are things that need to be done to his home to make it more livable for someone with his needs. His family would like to be able to give him some independence and the dignity that comes with being able to take care of oneself. They are deeply appreciative of the kindness and generosity of all who visit this site.
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