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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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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