June 17, 2011 – The Ashka Salon & Day Spa are hoping to give back to a worthwhile cause and need your help! They are hoping to raise $15,000 by way of silent auction and when they do, they want to give that money to help someone out.
Spencer and Bryton Pratt Brothers
There are many worthwhile contestants and I have been voting for the Pratt Brothers for a couple of weeks now. They have lost the lead by 30 votes as of this writing but they are gaining quickly.
Spencer and Bryton from Texas need your help. They don’t deserve to share in the pains of surgeries and hospital stays. Help them get the care they need and cover their personal medical expenses involving specialist and treatment.
Spencer and Bryton Pratt are brothers that were born with a similar birth defect — one that has a severe detrimental impact on both their health and their quality of living on a daily basis. The truly sad part is that they do not have to suffer this way – they just need medical help from a specialist. Help that is currently unavailable in our home state.
Spencer is a 6 year old boy who was born with an H-type tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF). A TEF is essentially, a point of fusion or connection between the trachea (windpipe) and esophagus (the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach). TEFs often lead to severe and/or life-threatening pulmonary complications, as food particles can enter the lungs and/or air can enter the stomach and intestines. Either event can be fatal to a child. Three out of the nine surgeries Spencer has had to date have been unsuccessful attempts to fix this misconnection. The upshot is that now Spencer has TWO misconnections that need to be repaired in order to keep food and other fluids from destroying his lungs. He will also need to have a feeding tube placed in, until his esophagus heals from the surgery. There are no doctors in Texas that are qualified to do the complicated repair surgery that Spencer is now facing.
Bryton is Spencer’s 21 month old little brother. Like his older sibling, Bryton was born with a TEF, but with an additional twist. Along with TEF, Bryton was also born with esophageal atresia (EA) – a condition that occurs when the esophagus is disconnected in the middle, and the top part ends in a blind pouch (like a sock), while the bottom part of the esophagus is misconnected to the windpipe. The combination of EA/TEF that Bryton was born with occurs in about 1 out of 4,000 births – though most people remain unaware that this particular defect even exists until they are confronted with it.
How to Vote for The Pratt Brothers
Simply go to Ashka’s website and vote for the Pratt Brothers at the bottom of the page. You can only vote once in a 24 hour period. The contest closes in only a few days so if you can remember to vote each day it would help greatly. Your vote is free but it can help these two boys get a much needed surgery!