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Ashlee Renae Larsen is 25 years old
$1,695 Raised
2% of $100k goal
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Ended Dec 24, 2013
... and she needs a multiple-organ liver/kidney transplant. She will get her transplant. She will get better. Our family is being transformed by this challenge. The expenses not covered by insurance will be huge. Please help with what you can. More ...
On May 5, 2013 Ashlee Larsen was admitted into Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for evaluation. The initial results came back that she was in Stage One Liver Failure. She stayed in the hospital for more tests and initial attempts to diagnose and treat her ailments. In a short period of time her liver condition deteriorated dramatically. Related to the liver failure, she was suffering from neuropathy, hallucinations and kidney stress. She was taken to the Liver Transplant ICU. The doctors were able to stabilize her condition, buying time to determine the cause of the condition and course of action. They started a process of evaluating Ashlee for a liver transplant. Her condition improved to a point where she was moved out of the Liver Transplant ICU. She was denied approval for the transplant program. During the next week, her condition began deteriorating again to more serious levels than before. Her kidneys failed as well. The doctors re-evaluated her and this time were convinced to approve Ashlee for liver transplant and list her. Thus, beginning a potentially 3 year long process of finding the right donor and receiving a new organ. She’s young. Ideally, they look for a match of same size and age. Since she’d been on dialysis for over 30 days, the doctors will have to perform a double organ liver-kidney transplant. Another requirement that limits the match options for a donor and patient.

Determining priority for receiving a transplant organ is a complicated and daily process. How high a patient rises on the recipient priority list is a calculation referred to as the Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) Score. Ashlee’s condition has kept her in the range of 34-40 (40 the most severe condition/highest priority). She will get a transplant. It is just a matter of time. While they wait, she is being kept sedated, intubated (on a breathing tube) and on a feeding tube. She’s been in this condition for the most of the past 8 weeks.

The doctors say because she is young, her prospects for recovery are good after her surgery. Our faith is strong, and we know she will regain her health. It is unknown at this time how much of her treatment, surgery and care expenses will be covered by family insurance. Our understanding is that already the costs have topped $1 million. We do know that anti-rejection medications cost approximately $10,000 / yr. Ashlee will have great difficulty obtaining health insurance at reasonable costs for the rest of her life. This is why we are asking you for your generous donation.
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