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The family and friends of Michelle George are gathering together to help her attain a hand transplant! Please show your support!

From Meshelly’s GiveForward.com co-captain, Imei Hsu, RN, MAC, performance artist:

Give Meshelly A Hand
Michelle has been on my Twitter radar since 2009. She's a geeky DJ, a wife and mother, and an upper extremity amputee as result of an accident involving a fall on a rusty nail, ten days in a coma and multiple operations to try to save her life and her limb, resulting in an amputation of her hand due to a MSRA infection (http://goo.gl/o7d2W), an invasive staph infection that is much more dangerous and life-threatening than your common, paper-cut borne infection.

The Need
While Michelle's life is no longer in danger, her future can be changed with your help. The Mayo Clinic notified her that she is a candidate for the hand transplantation program (we have documentation as proof of her candidacy). While Michelle has health benefits that cover 80% of the medical costs associated with surgery itself, she has a financial need associated with getting the surgery. The Mayo Clinic has provided her with a budget estimation sheet. We are looking into orgs that will donate or reduce her and her family’s costs but so far, I'm guestimating her real need to be close to $48,000 - $50,000 (we’ll update this for you) + 7% admin fee for GiveForward to keep fundraising free.

Many people do not know what is involved in a hand transplant surgery. Michelle found an excellent link if you’re interested in reading a detailed description, and viewing photographs from a real hand transplantation. http://goo.gl/KcZPP In a similar process as organ donation, Michelle will be contacted when a donor is found. At that point, you don’t say, “No,” or “Can it wait because I haven’t raised all the funds.” You say, “Yes,” and you catch the next flight out, as the window of time to receive the donor hand is limited.

A Life-Changing Gift
In the wake of more earth-shattering and life-threatening situations across the world, Michelle and I are not wishing to campaign against your dollars for life-threatening crises and surgeries needed in other parts of the world. I only know that Michelle has been given a very rare opportunity -- less than 40 people in the world have had this surgery -- and she is prepared to “pay it forward” by allowing all donors to see her life post-surgery (therapy, returning to work, etc). Again,this is not a life-threatening surgery she is asking for your help, but a life-changing one. I am here to provide absolute transparency to the giving process, including a contingency plan should the donor process fail for any reason. We’ll be providing that information for you (likely through her FB causes page http://goo.gl/3daIi).

Also, on October 15, 2011 6 - 9 pm PST, I’ll be hosting an Internet event on my channel, http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hips-for-hire-with-imei along with Michelle (we’ll get her on the phone listeners), so you can meet her online and get a sense of her journey. Please join us at the free event by logging on. Thank you for donating.

Documentation confirming candidacy for Rochester Minnesota Mayo Clinic Hand Transplant Program is up and available for public viewing at this link:
http://on.fb.me/r8ITZ3

Check out the article written by Meshelly on http://indienation.fm at this link:
http://indienation.fm/2011/09/25/being-an-upper-extremity-amputee-and-a-candidate-for-a-hand-transplant/
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