Jessica needs to breathe

$6,416raised of $10,000 goal

Beneficiary: Jessica Rocafort Organizer: Jamillah Echeverria

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My cousin Jessica Rocafort suffered severe burns from the neck down after a grill explosion in January 2013. She was in the ICU for three months, and even though she is now home, her recovery continues. She has a long road ahead of her but the most pressing problem is that the prolonged intubation resulted in vocal cord paralysis on the left side and subglottic stenosis with acute airway obstruction. All of this means she cannot speak or breathe on her own.

Worst of all, Jessica's doctors in Florida did not hold much hope that she would ever be well enough to remove her tracheostomy tube. Thankfully, after much research Jessica's family found a doctor in New York City's St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital who is willing to perform the series of life-changing laser surgeries she needs.

Even though Jessica has health insurance, it does not cover all of the travel, surgical and recovery expenses, which exceed $32,000. We are asking your help in making the surgeries possible so that Jessica can resume a normal life and be a mom to her two little girls.

Donations in any amount are welcome. Thank you!

PS: We have been asked about donations not in the US. For anyone outside the US who wishes to contribute, you can do so via PayPal. Jessica's PayPal account is Thank you!
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