Seventeen year old Lauren has been suffering from a condition called Arterial Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome since the age of 9. The condition went misdiagnosed until recently, resulting in pain and deterioration of the nerves and muscles in her right arm. Luckily, a specialist in Ohio has been able to address her condition and she has undergone surgery and begun therapy to treat the residual nerve damage. Due to Lauren’s limited mobility and constant pain, commercial flights would be difficult for her physically and the cost to secure frequent flights from their home outside of Richmond, VA, for both her mother and her, often on short notice, is prohibitively expensive. In order to provide Lauren and her family with some much needed support, Kids Wings links with other Angel Flight pilots in Pittsburg, PA and we fly them on the western leg of their route between Richmond and Toledo.
Update 2016: Lauren is still undergoing treatment in Toledo. We flew Lauren and her mom twice in February, 2016.