Kaitlyn Dobrow is recovering from bacterial meningitis, which has necessitated amputation of all four limbs. Please help with her expenses!
Here is Kaitlyn's story told by her mother Kathi Dobrow: "Kaitlyn Dobrow is our 19-year-old daughter. She was a typical busy teenager, and had tons of energy. She worked, danced, boxed, and did mixed martial arts. She loved cooking and going out with her friends, rarely being at home. On February 11, 2013, Kaitlyn worked from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the hotel where she was employed and then went to the gym. She got home and went to bed around 1:00 a.m. on February 12, 2013. Between 9:00 and 9:30 that morning, Katie woke up and told me that she had a horrible headache and her entire body was in pain. I assumed she had the flu. I gave her some Advil and she went back to bed. The Advil provided no relief, and by 2:30 or 3:00 that afternoon, she was unable to get out of bed. I called the paramedics who took her to the ER. There, she was diagnosed with meningocococcemia and she was admitted to the ICU. For the next week, her condition worsened, and we were so afraid we were going to lose her. Thankfully, she survived. So far, after more than four months in the Burn ICU, she has had 20 surgeries, with one or two surgeries yet to come. Due to components of this horrific illness, she has had amputations of all four limbs. She also suffered severe skin damage and is in the Burn Unit to address her skin wounds. After she is released from the hospital, she will go to a rehab center for physical therapy to learn all over again how to do the basic things in life and to care for herself, but with only partial arms and legs. She will eventually be fitted with prosthetics. Financially, we know our family is in for some challenges. We don't even know yet when Katie will be done with her surgeries and out of ICU. The doctors don't know either. They have to keep monitoring her daily and make decisions based on what they find each day. We also don't know how long she will be in the rehab facility, how much that will cost, or how much her prostheses will cost. We have A LOT to learn as we go through this process with her. We will need to make modifications to our house, as well as purchase a vehicle, as both house and vehicle will need to be equipped to accommodate her needs. Kaitlyn has had an amazingly positive and courageous attitude throughout this illness and is determined to have a happy, fulfilling life, believing that God has an awesome plan for her future. She is my hero." -Kathi Dobrow
Kaitlyn's mother, Kathleen Dobrow, is the beneficiary for this fundraiser, as Kaitlyn is unable to endorse checks at this time.