Becki Gillenwater Medical Fund
$300 raised
15% of $2k goal
4 contributors
5 Years running
Becki will be having the Whipple procedure at the John Hopkins Hospital. Her parents will be traveling to Baltimore with Becki on December 11th. She will have Pre Op on the 12th and on December 14th the surgery. She will need to travel to Baltimore 4 ...
Becki will be having the Whipple procedure at the John Hopkins Hospital. Her parents will be traveling to Baltimore with Becki on December 11th. She will have Pre Op on the 12th and on December 14th the surgery. She will need to travel to Baltimore 4 weeks after the surgery for the removal of drain tubes and a check up.
Friends and Family have set up an account for donations to help cover the medical and travel expenses that are and will occur. There has been a account set up at First Colorado National Bank in the name of "Becki Gillenwater Medical Fund" the address to mail donations is PO Box 100, Paonia CO. 81428 you can also donate using http://fnd.us/c/fLhEc .

Becki and her parents traveled to John Hopkins Hospital in November to Baltimore, Maryland. Becki is a is now scheduled for the Whipple Procedure.
In 2007 Becki had a serious auto accident. She sustained extreme internal damage to the abdominal area, and broke several bones. She has had numerous surgeries and procedures including Nissan Fundoplication, 9 ERCP's, and EUS. Since November 2011 she has had more than 10 procedures and has been hospitalized for more than 90 days.
She has a stricture that blocks her pancreatic duct which was caused from blunt trauma to the abdomen during her accident. This has caused years of extreme and chronic pain and nausea.

The classic Whipple procedure also known as pancreaticoduodenectomy, the Whipple procedure involves removal of the "head" (wide part) of the pancreas next to the first part of the small intestine (duodenum). It also involves removal of the duodenum, a portion of the common bile duct, gallbladder, and sometimes part of the stomach. Afterwards, surgeons reconnect the remaining intestine, bile duct, and pancreas hoping that the organ will function properly and relieve her of the pain. It is a major surgery that comes with many risks but is necessary for Becki to help her live a normal life.

Because the Whipple procedure continues to be one of the most demanding and risky operations for surgeons and patients, the American Cancer Society says it's best to have the procedure done at a hospital that performs at least 20 pancreas surgeries per year. The organization also recommends choosing a surgeon who does many such operations. We have been sent to John Hopkins because they are rated #1 in performing this procedure and her case is a complicated one.
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