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Alex Frerichs is a 24yr old from Elgin, IL who in 2012 contracted the West Nile Virus. The virus has left Alex with limited mobility and round the clock care. Alex is a fighter, she has been fighting her whole life. Alex was born September 29th, 1989 with a heart defect. Her only chance for survival at that time was a heart transplant. Prayers were answered and she received a heart on November 7, 1989. After many complications she came home February 12th, 1990. Alex has had many struggles but always fought through them with a smile and lots of determination. Due to a defect in her transplanted heart she had by-pass surgery in June of 1993. She had to have a pacemaker implanted in 2001. Due to toxicity of the transplant medications she was on, she needed a kidney transplant in 2003. She has never once ever thought of giving up or lost her wonderful sense of humor. The worst battle hit Alex when she contracted the West Nile Virus in august of 2012 which nearly took her life. She was in a coma for a month and has been in and out of hospitals, nursing homes and the rehabilitation center for the past year. The virus settled in her brain and has caused some neurological damage. Alex is finally home and is continuing to work diligently on her rehabilitation. She has fought many battles but this is truly the toughest.
Alex has been working with Dr. Joseph Baldino, a Licensed Chiropractic Physician and Board Eligible Functional Neurologist in Elgin. Dr. Baldino uses the concepts of current neurological and body research with an application utilizing a variety of rehabilitation and chiropractic techniques. Alex is progressing so well with Dr. Baldino, he has great hopes for her recovery. He has her scheduled for extensive treatment at Life Functional Neurology Center in Atlanta, Ga., with Dr. Ted Carrick in January 2014. The doctors feel very strongly that they can get her to walk again. Dr. Carrick, is a Chiropractic Neurologist, who serves as the President of the American Chiropractic Association’s Council on Neurology. He has maintained an International Specialty practice for the past 35 years and his work has been the subject of several major television and film documentaries as well as the feature for mainstream journals and magazines. Dr Carrick is known for his treatment of traumatic brain injury and sports concussion and attracts patients to his service from around the globe.
Our goal is raise funds to send her to Dr. Carrick's clinic in Atlanta and to help with the rising medical expenses. We are looking for "Angels for Alex". Please help us make this trip possible. Thank you for taking the time to read this and for your help. Anything that you can donate gets us one step closer to having Alex back on her feet.
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