Monthly Donation - Mycandra Ralphs
Each and every month Stubbs Dental donates the proceeds of all new patient exams to a deserving member or organization within our local communities. March's recipient is Mycandra Ralphs.
Mycandra joined the world, but she got off to a really rocky start in life. She was not expected to live past 6 months. She underwent more than 10 surgeries in her first year of life. She has a condition called duodenal atresia (the congenital absence or complete closure of a portion of the lumen of the duodenum. It causes increased levels of amniotic fluid during pregnancy and intestinal obstruction in newborn babies).
She was also diagnosed with malrotation of the bowels and motility issues. Her stomach only empties at 11%. She suffers chronic pain and constipation as a result of those. This warrior will have a very tough journey ahead of her in life, however, there is always a light of hope. There is a doctor that can help Mycandra, he is capable of performing a surgery to help with the malrotation of the bowels. He is in Cleveland, Ohio and is the only doctor in the world that can perform this surgery. The surgery is a massive abdominal reconstruction surgery. The hope is that by doing this surgery that we can alleviate or even eliminate the pain that she suffers.
Medicaid has denied paying for the surgery because it is still in its research stages, even though all 100 patients that have had the surgery have been successful. She has missed a lot of school as a result of the condition, but she has so much more potential. The outcome will hopefully be that she can get her life back by having her intestines put back where they are supposed to be. Help her be a kid, because even something like a back bend can kill her. We are are doing everything we can to help her carry on a long, happy life as she has already far surpassed expectations and has so much spunk and love for life.
To make matters worse, Mycandra's mother is currently suffering from lung cancer. She has had many tumors removed and is having to go back to have her entire lower lobe removed on her right lung.
Stubbs Dental was able to donate $1,710 to help Mycandra and her family cover medical expenses.
So remember, when you become a patient at Stubbs Dental not only are you helping yourself by taking care of your teeth, you are helping a deserving organization of your local community! If you would like to nominate someone to receive the Stubbs Dental donation please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.