June 18, 2011 – There are only two more days left until the Ashka spa contest closes and the winner of that contest will get the money raised from their fundraiser. There are many charities you can vote for but in the lead are the Pratt Brothers and First Step. My vote has been with the Pratt Brothers for that last couple of weeks. These two angels both need a surgery and this contest could help them get what they need for a normal life. You can vote once every 24 hours and every vote counts so please vote and ask your friends to vote for them too!
Spencer and Bryton Pratt Brothers
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.
Voting for Spencer and Bryton on Ashka’s Website
You can vote for the Pratt brothers by clicking here. Read their story and at the bottom of the page click on Pratt Brothers. You can then see the details of the poll and whether or not they are still in the lead. Yesterday they kept losing the lead so every vote counts and the bigger the gap they better their chances for winning!
The contest is held here: http://www.ashkasalon.com/index.php/giving-back/give-back-week-2011