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help Katie during her struggle
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5 Years running

This is Katie Petefish, she is 18 yrs. Old. Mid December she began feeling numbness in her hands and feet and severe body aches.Katie went to the ER, only to be told was all her head, and they sent her home. Within a week the numbness become worse and body aches were excruciating so she went to her family doctor where she was told it was a simple sinus infection, no tests, no blood work, not even an exam was performed and she was sent home with antibiotics. As the antibiotics began to destroy her immune and auto immune system and damage her peripheral nerves, she got worse. On Christmas eve she collapsed on her mother's kitchen flour when her feet became paralyzed and she could not stand. Katie was rushed to the hospital and after hundreds of tests and 3 hospitals she has been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome. It is a rare syndrome that affects 1 out of 100,000 people. It attacks the nerves leaving you paralyzed thru out your body. At this point Katie can't walk, east, or breathe on her own and has paralysed on the left side of her face. The doctors say when she is stable and recovery behind it could take up to 2 years to lean how to walk and everything else again. Katie's mom, Lori has taken an unpaid leave of absence from work. We are asking for your help so Lori can be with Katie during her struggle, as he condition changes day to day.Right now she is fighting high temps as well. Any donations are appreciated to help with bills travel expense and expense of staying at hospital. Thank you in advance for your help.

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