Over $18,000 Raised To Assist Unai’ah Ball

July 10, 2019

[Written by Don Burgess]

A 13-year-old has had to be rushed off the island to due bleeding around the brain.

Unai’ah Ball went to King Edward Memorial Hospital on Friday morning with severe headaches. While there, she passed out in front of staff and it was discovered that she had bleeding around the brain and was then flown to Boston’s Children’s Hospital.

Unai’ah’s aunt, Brendell Robinson, told Bernews that a GoFundMe page has been set up to help raise $50,000 to cover the medical expenses for the teenager.

She said the family is surprised that in less than 24 hours, they had raised more than $13,000 for the medical expenses, and the family has also reached out to LCCA to help.

Unai'ah Ball Bermuda July 8 2019

Shawnette Bell set up the GoFundMe page and on it wrote, “While in Boston, it was discovered that Unai’ah was born with a brain artery/blood malformation, which means some of the veins in the back of her head are tangled, and recently they have begun to bleed out into her brain, which caused her to lose consciousness.

“She has since had to undergo numerous surgeries to relieve the fluid build up and ease the bleeding in her head, which would allow the surgeons better access to the affected veins. They were able to control most of the fluid but still are not able to operate on the necessary veins to permanently stop the bleeding into her brain due to their fragile and swollen condition.

“Once the veins in the back of her head return to normal, they will try to safely operate on them to untangle or block the affected veins.

“This means that Unai’ah will have to stay in Boston Children’s hospital until she has recovered and is deemed fit to return home to Bermuda.”

If you want to help, please visit the GoFundMe page.

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