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Epidural Accident Disabled Mother Seeks Grant Money For Medical Expenses

by Kristy Pascoe
(Clayfield, Queensland, Australia)

My name is Kristy, although my friends call me Kris. I found out recently that I am going to be wheelchair bound for the rest of my life.

The thing is, I'm only 33. I have three great kids who I'll never get to run around with anymore, and a fantastic man, whom I plan to marry one day when we can.

It all started in 2005, when I had my son, Robert, who has since passed on due to having hydrocephalus.

For the birth, I was to have an epidural needle inserted into my back. Things didn't go so well. When the surgeon removed the needle, it damaged part of my spinal cord,

For five months after this, I was unable to walk normally. Since this, walking around for me has been gradually getting worse.

My back starts burning where the needle was, and the pain is unbearable. On the really bad days, where I can barely walk, I wish that my life would end.

It has been slowly getting worse for me getting to and from the college where I am currently taking courses for business and management.

I'm hoping to open my own grooming salon for dogs and cats. The added income will help pay our bills.

The Centrelink (Australian Human Services) payments for my current health problems rarely cover enough to be able to pay for tests and medical necessities, such as a wheelchair.

I would like to find out what kind of grants I might be eligible for. I have consulted both Centrelink and the Internet with little or no results.

I am hoping that I might be able to get pointed in the right direction here.

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