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Family of Debbie Speer are trying to raise money to help with medical bills due to multi-organ failure!

Background history of my Mom. My grandparents adopted my mother from Germany and traveled around the world until they settled in Oklahoma. My Mom is currently 55, both parents deceased and one remaining brother. She is single, and has two daughters.

1 yr ago, my Mother lost her job as a contractor. At her age and no college degree, finding a job was difficult. This put major stress on her, as well for me and my sister because we don’t have the income to help support her during her job loss. 3 months ago, she finally started a new job, things were looking up! However, after all the endured stress from losing her job and worrying about how to pay bills it took its toll. On October 20th, my mother could not breathe. She drove herself to the hospital in the early morning hours and they said she had pneumonia. The hospital admitted her that day.

When my Mother lost her job, she started having hand tremors and blotches on her skin. She didn’t think much of it, and also could not afford a doctor’s visit. Over the next year my Mother lost one-hundred pounds. Her appetite diminished and she started looking very frail. After multiple days in the hospital, they suspected hyperthyroidism; and after several tests, her doctors have diagnosed her with Graves’ disease. After researching this disease, it is hereditary but stays in remission and can be activated by stress.

Graves’ disease is an immune disorder. This disease affects your entire body. Since it’s been left untreated for quite some time, she now has the following complicated symptoms:

Heart disorders. If left untreated, Graves' disease can lead to heart rhythm disorders, changes in the structure and function of the heart muscles, and the inability of the heart to pump enough blood to the body (congestive heart failure).

Thyroid storm. A rare, but life-threatening complication of Graves' disease is thyroid storm, also known as accelerated hyperthyroidism or thyrotoxic crisis. It's more likely when severe hyperthyroidism is untreated or treated inadequately. The sudden and drastic increase in thyroid hormones can produce a number of effects, including fever, profuse sweating, confusion, delirium, severe weakness, tremors, markedly irregular heartbeat, severe low blood pressure and coma. Thyroid storm requires immediate emergency care.
In addition to this disease, having hyperthyroidism has also caused her to become anemic, which developed a hiatal hernia.

The day of her discharge on October 25th, I went to pick her up and take her home from the hospital. When I arrived around noon, she was not feeling good. She started having stomach painn and vomited. After that, she immediately started having extreme upper back pain. The nurses assumed it was anxiety, but it wasn't. After 3 hours they finally did blood tests and a chest xray when it was already too late. She went into cardiac arrest around 4pm that day and is still currently in ICU as of November 9. The docs say she didn't have a heart attack but she was throwing blood clots. None of her organs are functioning and we are not sure how much brain activity is left. It's a miracle she is alive right now, but I feel she should not be in this situation if the doctors would have assumed more than anxiety. It's a waiting game at this point.
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