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Countdown: The Mesh Warrior's Campaign to Fund Transvaginal Mesh Surgeries

The Mesh Warrior, Indigogo Campaign

The Mesh Warrior, Indigogo Campaign

Mesh New Desk is friends with contributor, Aaron Horton, The Mesh Warrior, so named because she advocates on behalf of women injured by transvaginal mesh. Her mother is among them.

Aaron and husband, Lee

Aaron and husband, Lee

Last July,  Aaron wrote a heartfelt essay on living with a mother in desperate need of removal surgery after multiple mesh complications and her wait for the operation.  Her story is here.

Horton has also personally accompanied women to UCLA for an appointment and consultation with world-renowned surgeon Dr. Shlomo Raz. This was done out of her own pocket for no compensation at all.

She now wants to raise awareness and funds for women who may not be able to travel to Dr. Raz, long considered among the most competent surgeons in the world capable of removing most if not all of the transvaginal mesh after the woman has suffered complications.

All of the funds raised will go for transportation, room and board and to pay a portion of the surgery.

Her goal is $18,000 by February first.The campaign is being conducted through Indiegogo here.  Gifts will be awarded to the contributors with a week-long trip to a cozy cottage in Mazatlan, Mexico for those who contribute $1,000. Contributions start at $10 for handmade art.

This is important-* Indiegogo funding in this case is “Fixed” meaning it’s All or Nothing!  Aaron must raise the full amount or she raises nothing!

Horton says, “Once we have the necessary funds, we will experiment by granting one low-income woman a scholarship (proof low-income status will be necessary).  As our test subject, this very blessed woman will be provided for in all the ways mentioned above.  Then we will know and understand much more about the costs of this full mesh explant surgery and its associated travel (patients are required by the doctor to come for at least two visits to UCLA).  The woman must be from the contiguous United States, though sadly, this issue is destroying lives the world over.  As our financial capabilities grow, so will our service capabilities.”

If the $18,000 is not reached, the focus will be on gather contributions to pay for discounted housing and plane tickets for any patient who is close to being able to afford the trip. February 1 is just around the corner!

5 Comments

  1. Aaron Leigh says:

    Thank you, thank you Jane for your support!!! I could not have done any of this without you!!

  2. kristine says:

    This is wonderful. I’m a mesh victim. I hope to be free of this pain one day. I’d love to have someone like Aaron in my life. I have family who loves me but none who truly understand.

  3. Aaron Leigh says:

    Kristine~

    Sadly, it’s true for many women that no one is in their lives who really cares or tries to understand. You are not alone. I make my email public (and my phone number) through email so that you may call me anytime. I’m so sorry for your injury, but please know that you are cared for, and by name (now that I know it)!

  4. Aaron Leigh says:

    Kristine~

    Forgot to tell you… you can join my blog at http://www.themeshwarrior.com for more woman like yourself who could benefit from connecting with other mesh injured souls.

    Much love,

    Aaron

  5. Kenda Parker says:

    I am a victim of the MESH MONSTER!!!

    I thank you for opening your heart to help us. I am very sad and depressed. I had cervical cancer and endometriosis. I had total hysterectomy and bladder sling. I went in surgery as one person and a year later I am someone I don’t know. I also have Polycystic Kidney Disease. I had a great job but becoming so ill I lost it and everything else. I have nothing. We moved 3000 miles from MD to CA to get help from family my kids went to their dad’s temporarily. Well now I have 20% kidney function severe pain all over. GYN stated due to having kidney failure I will not be able to have surgery that no surgeon would even touch me with a knife because I will not heal.

    I stay in the room we have at my husbands Aunt and Uncles. I do not come out. Why I have no money or car or anything. I miss my family and being away from my kids is ripping out my heart. I feel less and less sure day by day I will make it through this. I have no money appealing ssdi and made to feel we have over stayed our welcome. Never thought this would be my life. I’m only 40 and have lost both parents so my support system is not very strong. I just want to be able to go back home but I have no home. I hope to wake up from this nightmare before I close my eyes forever. This is not life it isn’t supposed to bring such heartache. Also diagnosed with PTSD but still trying to get back up. Will I ? Lawsuit now on hold I’m ready to sell my soul, but to who?

    Thanks for standing up for everyone. I know your mother is proud Aaron.

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