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Please Help Patrick with Wrist Surgery Expenses
$480 raised
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I (Patrick) broke the scaphiod bone in my right wrist on 5/19/13. I have no health insurance and am humbly asking for your assistance to help pay for my required surgery. Anything helps.
Why Surgery: My scaphoid bone is fractured down the waist and ...
I (Patrick) broke the scaphiod bone in my right wrist on 5/19/13. I have no health insurance and am humbly asking for your assistance to help pay for my required surgery. Anything helps.

Why Surgery: My scaphoid bone is fractured down the waist and displaced. According to Dr. Coleman at the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, Florida, the only option for successful treatment of my fracture would be to insert a screw into the bone to encourage union and healing. Due to the displacement of the fracture and because blood to the scaphoid flows from the thumb area to the forearm area, without surgery, the lack of blood to the bottom portion of the bone could cause it to decay and die. For more information regarding scaphoid fractures please visit: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00012

Why I need your help: I require the surgery and I have no insurance. The simple fact of the matter is, my work does not offer coverage and I have not been able to afford my own plan. Like many people I assumed I'd be alright and nothing serious would happen to me. Clearly I was wrong and accidents do indeed happen. In asking for your help I am asking for your goodwill and your support in my health and successful recovery. In return, you will have my never-ending gratitude and lovingly (left)hand crafted piece of art (pencils, paint, charcoal, written word, etc...) as a "thank you" gift from me to you.

Why $5000: While $5,000 is a lot, it is significantly less than $20-$25,000. I could have taken my surgery at Gulf Breeze hospital for 20-25 thousand dollars and deferred payments. However, the Andrews Institute is specialized and far cheaper. Dr. Coleman (http://www.andrewsortho.com/staff/bio.php?doc_id=58563) has graciously reduced his fee and informs me the overall cost for the surgery will run around 5 thousand dollars. This includes: $500 Doctor fee, $3-$3,500 facility fee, $800-$1,000 anesthesia fee. This is amazing and I thank Dr. Coleman and the Andrews Institute so much for their help; however, unlike GBH, Andrews works more like a business and I have to provide around $2,000 upfront for the surgery. This 2 thousand dollars includes the full anesthesia and 1/3 of the facility fee.

My Thanks to You: As a thank you for your support I will create an original piece of art with my left hand. I am right handed and therefore very excited to create a completely unique gift for you. This thank-you gift will be made with pencils, or paint, or charcoals, or written words, or any combination of these! I know it's not much, but it will come from my heart, it will be unique, and it will utilize the efforts of using my left hand in an attempt to thank you and show you just how much I appreciate your support. If you do not want the left-handed art, that's OK; just know that my heart and thanks go out to you and your kindness. I am uncertain if this site tells me the actual individuals who donate, so if you would like the art, please tell me via Facebook message, comment, or e-mail that you contributed to my surgery and we can figure out to get my right-brained-left-handed work to you!

All in all, should you choose to contribute, I would appreciate it so much and never forget the help you gave when I needed it. Should you choose not to contribute, that's OK too, I will not think any less of you or consider you any less of a friend. It is very difficult for me to ask for this kind of help. I am not homeless, I have a job, I simply cannot afford to pay for the surgery I need to properly repair my wrist. I am personally scrounging up every scrap of money I don't need to survive to pay for the ER and Doctor fees I have already incurred. Any amount you can contribute will help. We may not reach the $5,000 goal for the surgery, but any amount achieved is a step closer to my recovery. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, truly.

Cheers, Love,
Patrick
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