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Help support Rosey's fight against Guillain-Barre

Rosey’s Story

Earlier this year, Rosey was admitted to an Indianapolis Hospital after losing all feeling below his waist. Upon his admission, a pinched disc was discovered, and would require him to undergo immediate back surgery. Following the surgery, he was sent to a local Rehabilitation Center to begin his recovery.

In this time at the Indianapolis Rehabilitation Center, his condition failed to improve following months of ineffective treatment and therapy. Since the underlying issue was still unidentified, insurance technicalities would halt his coverage, forcing him to transfer to Methodist Hospital in Merrillville. Although the procedure performed on his back was successful, it was later determined that this was a misdiagnosis, and instead of improving, his condition worsened rapidly.

During his stay at Methodist, an infection would leave Rosey fighting for his life in Intensive Care. While in IC, a team of doctors pin-pointed the root cause of his condition and diagnosed him with Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

Guillain-Barre syndrome is a serious disorder that occurs when the body's defense immune system mistakenly attacks part of the nervous system. This leads to nerve inflammation that causes muscle weakness and paralysis. His treatment schedule was aggressive due to the delay of the diagnosis. As you can all imagine, this was an extremely exhausting process, both physically and emotionally.

Following the correct diagnosis, Rosey was transferred to Chicago’s Northwestern Rehabilitation center where he would continue intensive therapy and rehabilitation. After 90 days of treatment, a simple IV containing Magnesium and various other fluids would turn out to be the difference maker, and solidify the beginning of his road to recovery. His positive reaction to the treatment allowed him to complete his stint at Saint Margaret’s in Dyer.

After many months of aggressive treatment, long hours of rehabilitation and emotional stress, we are happy to have our good buddy back home where he belongs. However, the road to recovery does not end here. Additional months of in-home therapy and rehabilitation are required to ensure a full recovery.

The medical costs associated with treating Guillain-Barre are astronomical, even with the proper medical coverage. This is a heavy, unneeded burden on the family, whom are already dealing with the emotional stress of their son’s situation. As his closest friends, it is our time to step up to the plate and help alleviate some of these financial burdens from the Rosenberger family.

Whatever you are able to give is greatly appreciated. The site requires us to set a goal, but the true goal is for us to help as much as possible. For some that may be financially, for others it could be just words of encouragement.
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