Support Kiara Dodge
As any parent, we want the best future for our beautiful baby girl. We recently discovered a way to get our sick child on her way to a better future by treating her with HBOT. Before we can get into Kiara’s future we need to fill you in on her past, the reason why we are here.
When Kiara was two years old, she became ill and was taken to a local care center. The care center could not determine what was the cause of her discomfort, she had been ill for several days. The nurses at the care center were giving Kiara popsicles and trying things to keep her calm. After failed attempts to calm her, they called a larger, more specialized hospital and were instructed to check her blood sugar to test for Diabetes. It was at this time they discovered her sugar was in the thousands. She was immediately taken to this larger, specialized hospital where she went into surgery to try to safely lower her blood sugar. Unfortunately, during the procedure, Kiara’s brain began to swell. She slipped into a diabetic coma where she remained for several weeks.
When Kiara finally woke from her coma, she had significant brain damage. She could not walk or talk, she had to relearn how to do everything all over again. When we asked if she would ever be OK, we were always told we would just have to wait and see. Kiara worked very hard going through multiple therapies for an entire year. She learned how to take a few steps and even began to feed herself and say a word or two. Then in November of 2013, a year after her initial brain damage, Kiara had a stroke. She was rushed back to the hospital for emergency surgery. This time, since it was one injury on top of another, things would be harder for Kiara.
Kiara is now 6 years old and suffers from a Hematoma Hemorrhage with Stroke, she is on a pureed only diet and has a Gastrostomy Tube. She also has Extrapyramidal Movement Disorder, Dysphagia, a history of Pulmonary Aspiration and Type 1 Diabetes. She needs constant care and cannot walk, talk or even hold herself up. Kiara has therapy a couple times a week to try to help her regain all she can. Even though Kiara hasn’t made any significant improvements lately, she always has a smile on her face. We are thankful to those who have helped our family through these challenging times in our lives. We have continued to search for every viable way to help Kiara to be healthy and strong and have a wonderful independent future.
We recently learned about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and learned that it has been successful with treating people who have traumatic brain injuries. In many cases, HBOT has improved the client’s fine and gross motor skills, speech, thinking (cognition), memory, physical healing, etc. Our search resulted in a facility in Northwest Ohio called Sara’s Garden. Sara’s Garden is a non-profit center that treats clients with traumatic brain injuries.
Unfortunately, most insurance companies do not recognize HBOT as being therapeutic for the treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury and therefore will not cover the cost of treatments. Therefore, your help can go very far. HBOT is $100 per treatment at Sara’s Garden. However, since the plan is for Kiara to receive 40 HBOT treatments, that cost adds up quickly.
If you could assist us with the cost (or even just part of the cost) of a single $100 HBOT treatment, it would help reduce our overall expenses greatly. 100% of funds will go into an account in Kiara’s name and will be used for her treatments. Any contribution made in this manner would be considered a tax-deductible donation, as Sara’s Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit facility. Checks can be made out to Sara’s Garden with Kiara’s name on a sheet of paper accompanying the check. Please do NOT write Kiara’s name directly on the check. You can also donate securely online via credit card by clicking the “donate now” button below.
Thank you so much for considering the support of Kiara’s treatments at Sara’s Garden.
The Family of Kiara Dodge
Sara’s Garden is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your charitable contribution is tax deductible under 501(c)(3) of the IRS code, to the extent allowed by law. A receipt will be sent to you after your pledge has been received to use for tax purposes.