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The family and friends of Margaret Diez are uniting to raise money to cover the expenses for David's Surgery.

My sister needs your help. Her son, my nephew David needs surgery to correct his sunken chest, a deformity called Pectus Excavatum. He is only 12 years old. The size of his hollowed chest is of 4.8 while a haller index of greater than 3.25 is considered severe. The cost for the surgery is approximately $35,000 of which their insurance will only cover 65%. We have found a very good surgeon that has extensive experience with this procedure. The surgery would be performed at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, Florida. However, the surgeon will not even consider taking on the case if we cannot come up with $2500 one week before the surgery.

We are hoping and praying that we can raise the necessary funds so that the surgery can be performed in the next month.

PE is not preventable, but the condition is treatable. In rare cases if the condition is left untreated, PE can cause compression of the heart and lungs.

PE is an abnormal development of the rib cage where the breastbone (sternum) caves in, resulting in a sunken chest wall deformity. Sometimes referred to as "funnel chest," PE is a deformity often present at birth (congenital) that can be mild or severe. The deformity is caused by excessive growth of the connective tissue (cartilage) that joins the ribs to the breastbone, which causes an inward defect of the sternum.

Recent studies have revealed that children with significant defects also suffer from:

• Heart and breathing difficulties. The sunken chest restricts the volume of the chest and keeps the lung from expanding fully. Lung capacity may be reduced which can result in children having difficulty tolerating exercise or strenuous activity.

• The sunken chest can also constrict the heart, reducing blood flow and heart function.

• Some patients also suffer psychologically and emotionally as a result of the disorder such as negative body image, low self-esteem, and social awkwardness.

• The condition can also force the heart into the left chest to varying degrees, depending on the severity of the defect. (This is already happening in David’s case).

Any and all donations will be greatly appreciated as well as your prayers for a positive outcome.

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