Emergency Spinal Tumor Removal

Emergency Spinal Tumor Removal

JB had been having chronic back pain for a few months along with some leg weakness, but his symptoms suddenly became rapidly worse. He went to the ER because along with acute paraparesis, he had urinary retention, rapid weight loss, and an “electric shock storm” of radiating pain from his back. A spinal MRI showed that he had a tumor on his spine that was causing severe central canal stenosis, cord compression, and spinal cord edema. With a diagnosis of metastatic cancer of the spine, JB knew he needed the surgery right away, but unfortunately did not have any medical insurance. Thankfully, JB connected with INI!

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Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal Cord Injury

HH had been walking with a cane due to his spinal stenosis when he slipped and fell and hit his head. He went straight to the ER because his fall left him with quadriparesis (weakness in his arms and legs) and diffuse paresthesia (tingling). After his initial consult with Dr. Vokshoor, HH was diagnosed with incomplete spinal cord injury and cervical disc disease with myelopathy. However, HH was dealing with financial hardship, so he could not afford the surgery that was necessary to prevent the inevitable severe disability. INI stepped in to remove the financial barriers he faced so that he could get his necessary, function-saving surgery.

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Barefoot and Unable to Walk

Barefoot and Unable to Walk

JR was admitted to the Emergency Department for his numbness in hands, severe difficulty walking, and many falls. In the ED he collapsed, hitting his head and losing consciousness briefly. Not long after, he became unable to walk. The severity and quick progression of his symptoms showed that his condition was becoming dangerous and needed to be treated immediately. However, JR’s bare feet sparked a conversation in which the ED staff learned he was homeless. This man needed treatment ASAP, but had no means to pay for medical care of any kind let alone surgery. When INI learned of his situation, we were eager to help!

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Craniotomy and SRS

Craniotomy and SRS

SG had been experiencing constant headaches and scalp tenderness near her right ear and sought treatment when the radiating pain became severe. A MRI of her head found that she had a cherry-sized, heterogeneously enhancing mass in the extra-axial space of her right posterior temporal lobe. She was diagnosed with metastatic malignant neoplasm to the brain and skull. She needed urgent surgery to excise the mass; but unfortunately, SG was dealing with financial hardship and was unsure how to proceed. That is when Dr. Volshoor brought INI into the room. Together, we made arrangements for SG to get the surgery she desperately needed by alleviating her financial barriers.

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Emergency Brain Tumor Removal

Emergency Brain Tumor Removal

TZ was experiencing headaches with associated difficulty reading. He was sent to the ED where he was diagnosed with receptive (Wernicke's) aphasia and quadrantopia (a visual field cut) secondary to a left parietal-temporal-occipital (PTO) grade III glioma (brain cancer). With emergency surgery, the tumor was successfully removed. However, TZ was unable to pay for the surgery, so INI stepped in to help!

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Medical Mission to Guatemala

Medical Mission to Guatemala

Our team had the most amazing time on our medical mission to Guatemala, where we helped provide quality care to impoverished kids in need. It was truly an unforgettable and inspirational experience. Thank you to Mending Kids for allowing us to work with their incredible organization on this medical mission. We would also like to thank everyone who donated to the cause. We could not have been able to help over 100 kids without your help. We hope that this will be the first of many mission trips in I.N.I.’s future and we looking forward to sharing our journey with you all!

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Excision of Tumor and Spinal Reconstruction

Excision of Tumor and Spinal Reconstruction

SN is a young woman who has suffered from various previous metastatic cancers, including in the brain. She was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma at T7 and T1 (in the thoracic spine) and a secondary bone metastasis. Upon reviewing her symptoms, her progressive radiculopathy with significant spinal cord compression resulting in myelopathy made it clear that her only option was surgery. Unfortunately, her insurance would not pay for it. INI alleviated her financial burdens so that she could get her much needed surgery!

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Cord Compression Leads to Disability

Cord Compression Leads to Disability

AE had been having numbness and pain in her lower back and legs for over a year. She had tried all conservative treatment options, including injections and physical therapy, to no avail — and her pain was worsening. Her pain was preventing her from conducting normal everyday activities, and had recently cut into her ability to be independent. Although surgery was the only option she had left, AE was hesitant to agree because she could not afford the surgery due to her current financial circumstances. INI stepped in to help her get the surgery she needed!

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