Re-attach Felicity's stomach muscles

For: Felicity Banks
Canberra, ACT, Australia
Organizer: Felicity Banks
Re-attach Felicity's stomach muscles (Felicity Banks)
of $11,625 goal
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Raised by 36 donors

The Story

Thank you everyone! I am feeling much better.

Pregnancy broke my stomach muscles but it's fixable. Unfortunately the public health system has proven unhelpful, so after five unsuccessful attempts to find a surgeon willing/able to do the operation publicly, I will be enlisting a private surgeon. That will cost around $10,000 (surgeon + hospital + anaesthetist).

It is normal for stomach muscles to separate during pregnancy, and most women eventually heal (with a 1-2cm gap). I have a 9cm gap between my abdominal muscles, and an umbilical hernia. Those will both be fixed by the surgery (and yes, I will look much less pregnant—probably two months pregnant instead of six months pregnant), and it will also take some of the pressure off my damaged spine, feet, and uterus. Now that I officially have diabetes, my health is an urgent priority.

The photo above was taken _after_ both of my lovely-but-enormous babies were born.

I am very grateful to all the kind hearts who have freely offered to help our family finally get this dealt with!

Update: The updated estimate of hospital costs have drastically hiked up the total amount we'll need to pay, since I will need to stay overnight and pay $5000. I can only assume this includes a gold-plated champagne bath and an on-call masseur (the second part may actually be true). I reluctantly concede that post-operative care is kinda useful and it might be nice to have people do a good job of it. And I bet the hospital food is AMAZING.

Update: The operation, anaesthetist, and two nights in the ICU are all PAID IN FULL thanks to you amazing people. I've had the operation and I'm starting to feel like myself again (but, you know, better!). Unfortunately I had a previously undiagnosed lung weakness (which explains part of why I was always tired and craving sugar) which has taken some physio to fix. That meant another three days in hospital, which is costing another $3270. My parents have very generously offered to pay (in addition to the huge amount they've already given me) but I hope we can ease the strain on them a bit by one last push.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 12, 2017

Posted on December 12, 2017

The operation was almost two weeks ago and I'm starting to feel like myself again—except better! I can already feel my core muscles start to work again, which is incredibly exciting! My appetite has completely changed with my stomach back in the right place again, and my blood sugar levels changed instantly for the better too. And I can fit normal clothes again after many years in maternity clothes.

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