Helping Victoria Find Her Wings

Brian Patterson | 09/11/17

Stephanie Singer, Communications

Victoria is a 19-year-old who lives in Gloucester, Virginia. She was very athletic; her favorite sports were soccer and gymnastics. However, her active life took an unexpected tumble three years ago. She was diagnosed with three rare conditions.

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) harms her blood flow when she stands up from lying down.  Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome affects her connective tissues. Myasthenia Gravis attacks her involuntary muscles. “I went from being active and playing sports to not being able to walk for long distances.”

Specialists at Mayo Clinic would give Victoria the best treatment possible. “There’s nobody in Virginia who can treat my conditions,” she explained. Mayo Clinic is far away from her home. Her family couldn’t afford the cost of long-distance transportation.

That was when Mercy Medical Angels flew to the rescue. They provided free airline tickets. This way, Victoria can travel to Mayo Clinic and receive the care she needs.  “My family cried when they heard the news,” said Victoria.

In one word, Victoria describes her experience as “phenomenal.” She also made a good point: “People don’t know how important charity is.” Her hope is that people realize the importance of giving back, so that she and other patients can continue to access medical care.

“I’m more than grateful.”