Jessica needs to breathe

For: Jessica Rocafort
Organizer: Jamillah Echeverria
Jessica needs to breathe (Jessica Rocafort)
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 86 donors
64% Complete
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The Story

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 [email protected] Thank you!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 18, 2013

Posted on July 18, 2013

Jessica is out of surgery and said "Hello"!!!! Thank you, God. Will post more soon.

Jessica salió de la cirugía y dijo "Hola"!! Dando gracias. Pronto informaré más.

Posted on July 18, 2013

Posted on July 18, 2013

Dear friends,
Jessica's surgery is today July 18th at 8:30am. As soon as I have more information I will post it. Thank you for helping to make it happen.

Queridos amigos:
La cirugía de Jessica es hoy 18 de julio a las 8:30am. Apenas tenga más información la comparto. Muchísimas gracias por su ayuda en hacer realidad este día.

Posted on June 21, 2013

Posted on June 21, 2013

Dear friends,
Thank you for continuing to support Jessica. Your donations and specially your kind words mean so much. 

We wanted to let you know that Jessica's surgery had to be postponed until July. All the money for the surgery is not there yet, and because the family is looking at other funding sources such as foundations and organizations, it takes longer to not only secure the funds but also to finalize the agreements between the organizations and the hospital.

As you can imagine, Jessica is extremely frustrated because she was really looking forward to the surgery as the first step in the process. Even though July is around the corner, it's not easy to keep waiting when you're in such a difficult situation, but she's hanging in there.

In a bad news/good news scenario, Jessica's doctor in New York found out that her vocal cords are actually not paralyzed as she was initially diagnosed, which is great, but her airway is 100% blocked when initially doctors thought there was some air getting through. So the procedure is going to be slightly different and she is going to have a permanent tube inserted into her throat to begin expanding the airway. It's going to be a long road-- she still has to undergo surgery to expand the skin in her neck that will eventually allow her to move her head, as well as plastic surgery in her lower face-- but Jessica is young and strong and wants to get better.

Thank you again for your continued support, and please keep those prayers coming!


Queridos amigos:
Gracias por seguir apoyando a Jessica. Sus donaciones y en especial sus palabras de apoyo y bendiciones a Jessica han sido maravillosas. 

La cirugía de Jessica fue pospuesta hasta julio. Aún no se ha recolectado todo el dinero que se necesita para la cirugía, así que la familia está buscando fondos a través de algunas fundaciones y organizaciones. Debido a que no son donaciones directas a Jessica, las organizaciones y el hospital tienen que llegar a acuerdos legales y eso es lo que están negociando en este momento. Se espera que todos los acuerdos estén firmados para mediados de julio más o menos.

Como se podrán imaginar, Jessica está muy frustrada con la situación porque a pesar de que el tiempo pasa volando, se le hace muy difícil seguir esperando. No ve el momento en que pueda operarse para volver a hablar.

Cuando Jessica y su mamá Isabel viajaron a Nueva York en mayo, el médico que operará a Jessica les dio la buena noticia que las cuerdas vocales no están paralizadas como inicialmente le habían diagnosticado, pero lamentablemente la tráquea está 100% bloqueada cuando se esperaba que no estuviese bloqueada completamente. Esto cambió un poco la manera en que se va a hacer la cirugía y le van a insertar un tubo permanente en la garganta para expandir la tráquea. Va a ser un largo camino ya que Jessica además debe hacerse una cirugía para comenzar a estirar la piel del cuello, lo cual eventualmente le permitirá mover la cabeza. Eso, sin contar con la cirugía plástica que necesitará en la cara. Su gran ventaja es que es joven y fuerte, y tiene unas ganas enormes de superar toda esta situación.

De nuevo, muchísimas gracias por continuar apoyando a Jessica, y por favor sigan orando por ella.

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