[Jessica is to the left of the photo, to the right is her mother, Silvia]
My name is Jessica Sánchez-Rodriguez and I am an undocumented, disabled 18 year old currently living in Charlotte, NC with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. 17 years ago I crossed the border with my mother, Silvia, in order to receive life saving medical treatment. For years I was traveling to Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Greenville, South Carolina, a two and half hour trip from my home, in order to receive medical care. Because I am undocumented and no longer a minor I no longer have access to the medical help I received before.
I have been living in the United States since I was 11 months old and have been educated here for 13 years. My parents, while undocumented, pay taxes yet I am still unable to receive government help. Access to Medicaid right now would mean that I would not have to continue to wait for an emergency surgery that would save my life.
Right now I need an emergency surgery to connect a catheter to my bladder and without financial assistance a surgery like that will cost my family $45,000 dollars.
I am starting this fundraiser because I want to do whatever it takes to get this surgery. $45,000 is not something we can afford on our own. Please donate whatever you can and help me save my life.
Advocates from all across the U.S are saying that 2013 is the year for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, as communities are organizing to ensure that all 11 million undocumented immigrants have a just pathway to citizenship, Jessica is one of millions of immigrants who is blocked from health services only because she lacks a social security number. Not having access to social services also means that she can’t get financial assistance to pay for a much needed, life saving surgery. Jessica cannot continue to wait.
WHAT’S IN THE $55,000 GOAL?
$45,000 for the surgery
$10,000 to cover specialist/doctor costs for follow ups and the fees charged by WePay/GoFundMe
UPDATE FROM JESSICA AND HER FAMILY:
In August, Jessica is scheduled to go back to her hospital in Greenville, SC for a head CT scan along with an ultrasound for her kidneys. Her doctors believe that her kidneys are failing her more than they had expected. These doctors are currently doing pro-bono consultation with Jessica because they worked with her before she turned 18 but because Jessica is technically no longer their patient, we are getting extremely slow responses about the situation regarding her surgery.
Please continue to signal boost and make donations online. The number on the website does not include the calls that the family has received with donations.
I have fistulizing Crohn’s disease with arthralgia that mimics Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Chronic acid reflux caused by a hiatal hernia.
Hidradenitis suppurativa under my arms and on my stomach.
Various other skin problems that require cryo-freezing and apparently some kind of frog venom to keep under control.
Crohn’s is messing with my teeth.
My dog has one eye.
And that’s pretty much it.
Not complaining, just summing it up for those interested.
Saw a new dermatologist today. This one was really awesome. Apparently I do have hidradenitis suppurativa, I just have a milder case than my sister. My insurance doesn’t want to cover the antibiotics to treat it, but they’ll TOTALLY cover the cream to deal with some superficial skin texture issue on my face. I don’t really understand.
Also, plain cetaphil in the pump is apparently too heavy for use twice a day and can cause the skin to retain oil that it normally wouldn’t.
I guess tomorrow will mean more fighting with the insurance company.
I have an infected wisdom tooth.
And it hurts like a motherfucker. I’m on antibiotics for the third time in two months and I’m worried that this is messing with my chances of remission.
Hopefully I can get these wisdom teeth out ASAP. I hate having to take extra antibiotics/pain meds/ etc. on top of the other necessary drugs.
JM is a 21-year-old full-time student at a university in South Jersey. She recently became pregnant and is unable to carry the pregnancy to term. Due to serious health conditions that resulted from a childhood cancer, JM must have her termination in a hospital setting….