|Experimental Surgery Saves Woman’s Life|
|Last Edited: Sunday, 13 Jan 2008, 10:15 PM EST|
|Created: Sunday, 13 Jan 2008, 10:11 PM EST|
A Montgomery County woman is home after an experimental and controversial treatment that restored her life.
23-year-old Lindsay Spengler has battled Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) for a decade now. For the past five years, she’s been confined to a bed, unable to walk or eat.
The strange neurological condition made her feel like her body was on fire.
“There were days when it was like, ‘Lord, I can’t do this any more,'” Lindsay said.
The disease first surfaced when she was 13-year-old. She suffered a broken thumb while playing softball, but her nervous system essentially thought her body never repaired the wound.
Doctors in the United States treated her, but they said only an experimental treatment in Mexico could relieve her pain.
Friends and strangers helped her raise $200,000 to make the trip. She was in Mexico for three months, and doctors put her in a medically-induced coma to reset her nervous system.
“And I remember as soon as I could wake up, and I could say something, I said, ‘Mom, there is something different. Something is different,” Lindsay said.
Most of her pain is now gone, and she is learning to walk. She is recovering in her Montgomery County home as she continues physical therapy.
“For everything you guys did, letters of encouragement, money, whatever, I am just so so thankful,” she said.
Lindsay wants to help other people suffering with RSD and would like to answer any questions you may have. You can contact her through her website: http://caringbridge.org/visit/lindsay
By John Atwater