"On September 23, 2009 Hannea experienced onset paralysis in her right arm. She was sent to Strong, on October 14th she was diagnosed with Parsonage Turner Syndrome and right Brachial Plexus Neuritis. There was no treatment for what Hannea was going through, just continuous Physical and Occupational therapy to keep the right arm muscles active and teach her how to use her left arm as she was right hand dominant. In April 2010 Hannea traveled to Philadelphia Shriner’s Hospital to meet with Dr. Scott Kozin and his team. After visiting Dr. Kozin multiple times there really was no answer as to how to help Hannea.
In May 2018 we were contacted by the Shriner’s Hospital to meet with Dr. Kozin again to discuss a surgery option. On June 6, 2018 Dr. Kozin came up with a surgical plan involving another team as well. On August 9, 2018 at the Philadelphia Shriner’s Hospital they will reconnect Hannea’s arm to her shoulder using plates and screws. They will then cut along her right side and take some of her Latissimus Dorsi muscle and place it in her arm.
By doing this, Hannea will regain a significant amount of use of her arm. She will be inpatient during her surgical recovery and outpatient during her therapy there. Right now, we are expected to be in Philly for at least two weeks.After the amazing benefit last week held for Hannea many people who couldn’t attend reached out and asked how to help, that is the purpose of this.
We have had such amazing support from our communities, friends, and family throughout this journey over the last nine years, we are forever thankful."