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Ashnique Williams, a 17 year old has been diagnosed with Right Thoracic Scolosis since August 2020. She is in constant pain that is now affecting her daily way of life. She describes the pain as having pins and needles in her feet in the mornings when she wakes and needs assistance to get around oftentimes.

Ashnique is expected to do the corrective surgery at KPH free of cost, but the prescription to buy the pins, rods and screws are estimated to be almost $2 million. The physiotherapy and other treatments are not included in that cost.

“I would be in so much pain when I got home. My lower back to the sole of my feet would hurt so much to the point where I had to ask mommy to rub them for me. When I wake in the morning, my feet feel like pins and needles,”Ashnique added. One morning she woke up and she didn’t have any sensation in her feet. It was one of the most frightening experience of her life.

Dr. Ian Neil (Consultant Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgeon at Contemporary Orthopaedic and Spinal Services) states that surgery is the only recourse to correct her spine and advises that the procedure needs to be done as early as possible to minimize the further curvature of the spine.

Funds needed for her surgery run upwards of 2.5 million dollars.

We are seeking the funds needed to fund the surgery as the surgery would help to have pain free life and help her to achieve her dream in the field of psychiatry.

 

Help Ashnique Williams to do Scoliosis Surgery

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Ashnique Williams, a 17 year old has been diagnosed with Right Thoracic Scolosis since August 2020. She is in constant pain that is now affecting her daily way of life. She describes the pain as having pins and needles in her feet in the mornings when she wakes and needs assistance to get around oftentimes.

Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that most often is diagnosed in adolescents. Most cases are mild, but some curves worsen as children grow. Severe scoliosis can be disabling. An especially serious spinal curve can reduce the amount of space within the chest, making it difficult for the lungs to function properly.

Ashnique said she was in second form at the Wolmer’s High School for Girls when one of her friends enquired about her posture after a swimming class. “They said I didn’t stand right and later that year my swimming teacher said my spine had a curve in it. At the time I didn’t think much of it until third year when I started having pain and that’s when I told my mom,” she said. Her mother said a stranger also recommended that she take Ashnique for a medical check-up. But in August 2020, she noticed Ashnique’s posture for herself.

“She was laying flat but one of her shoulder blades was higher than the other, so I took her to get a check-up and the tests came back that she had severe scoliosis. I was hoping that it was something that could be corrected by a brace but after consultations, surgery was recommended,” she said. Ashnique said walking and climbing the staircase to her classes became challenging.

“Most of my classes were upstairs and because of the pain, I would usually stay downstairs at the gazebo and my friends would join me down there because they were just great. I didn’t pass a lot of my subjects, I only got two out of the nine that I sat,” she said. After leaving Wolmer’s,  Ashnique enrolled at Excelsior Community College but the pain remained. She was attending college until March of this year, but due to the intense pain, she had to stop.

Ashnique is expected to do the corrective surgery at KPH free of cost, but the prescription to buy the pins, rods and screws are estimated to be almost $2 million. The physiotherapy and other treatments are not included in that cost.

Dr. Ian Neil (Consultant Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgeon at Contemporary Orthopaedic and Spinal Services) states that surgery is the only recourse to correct her spine and advises that the procedure needs to be done as early as possible to minimize the further curvature of the spine.

Funds needed for her surgery run upwards of 2.5 million dollars.

We are seeking the funds needed to fund the surgery as the surgery would help to have pain free life and help her to achieve her dream in the field of psychiatry.

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