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This fundraiser ended on 08/27/12

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The family and friends of Hannah Oliphant are uniting to raise money to help with her jaw reconstruction surgery and related expenses.

In May 2010 Hannah's dentist discovered a cyst in her lower right jaw. An aggressive, but routine surgery was performed. However, the surgery revealed more problems than it solved. A second surgery was performed in August and even still Hannah has not gained normal function of either jaw joint. The most recent test showed the left TMJ joint is fully dislocated and destroyed and must be removed. Rather than place in a foreign object, the doctor will reuse a piece of the temporalis muscle to serve as the disc and joint function. We are now at a stand-still as far as progression and healing until we complete the oral surgery. She is unable to eat her food of choice, talk or even hold her head up for more than a few minutes at a time. It is extremely likely she will also be required to have the same surgery on the right joint as well. She truly is non-functioning in every way. We have had 12 months of life minus Hannah functioning within the family unit.
We lack $4000 for the surgery itself, outstanding medical bills with this injury and post-surgery therapy, doctor visits and 12 months or premiums come to $6000. But, the truth is we need help raising the money. It is not easy to ask for money, in fact it has taken me three weeks to write this letter, but we are at a point where I don’t know what else to do. We’re saving every dollar that can be saved, but on our own it could take longer than a year to save what we need. We simply can’t wait that long. I need my wife back and my kids need their mom. We are praying every day for God to make a way. I ask that you join us in that prayer.
I realize many people are uncomfortable giving for fear of judgment or embarrassment of the amount. Please know that we are not asking for a lot from a few people, we are asking for little from a group of people. We truly believe even $1 is instrumental to this recovery.
Joe = hannah's husband
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