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Please help Angela raise money for surgery denied by her insurance company.

My friend,Angela, was diagnosed with Abdominal Adhesions Related Disorder/Frozen Abdomen after her appendix ruptured more than 20yrs ago. The rupturing of her appendix formed the abdominal adhesions.

Abdominal adhesions are bands of tissue that form between abdominal tissues and organs. Normally, internal tissues and organs have slippery surfaces, which allow them to shift easily as the body moves. Adhesions cause tissues and organs to stick together causing excruciating, severe abdominal pain.

She has had over 20 hospital admissions & more than 12 surgeries related to the adhesions kinking,twisting & pulling her intestines out of place which causes intestinal obstruction. Major medical emergency! Even after the multiple surgeries & placement of adhesion barriers, the adhesions continue to grow back & they grow back worse than before! They attach themselves to other organs which causes her more pain! She is no longer able to work in her beloved profession of Nursing because of the severity of the pain in her abdomen and back. She also experiences painful gastrointestinal symptoms.

Angela was referred to a renowned surgeon in Germany, who performs a surgery to remove the adhesions using a specialized technique he developed in 1993.He also uses an adhesion barrier called "SprayShield Gel" that is not approved by the FDA in the USA, but, is made in the USA! This Surgeon has performed over 500 surgeries to remove adhesions using this adhesion barrier with a 93% success rate.

After several consultations via skype & telephone calls with the Surgeon, he has agreed to accept Angela as his patient.

Unfortunately, Angela's insurance company refuses to pay for this surgery because it is out of the country & she does not have out of country benefits.

Please help her raise the $18,000.00 needed for this life saving surgery.The $18,000.00 includes the surgery, Surgeon's/Anesthesiologist fees, SprayShield Gel, 2 week hospital stay & travel to Germany.

Angela desires to live a pain free life & return to the Nursing profession advocating for the sick & most of all bringing awareness to Adhesions Related Disorder. Any gift you can give would help. No gift is too small a nd all are greatly appreciated.

Thank you & God Bless you!

Leslie

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