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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wounded Fort Carson Soldier's Wife Sent Away By Community

They are sending her away to save her life.
Terminally ill Army wife headed to London, thanks to readers' generosity
The Gazette
By Erin Prater
Published: December 9, 2013

A Colorado Springs Army wife dying of a rare genetic disorder can travel to London to receive an experimental life-extending treatment, thanks to the generosity of Gazette readers.

In October, Melissa Klein, a 21-year-old suffering from an incurable genetic disorder called mitochondrial neurogastrointestinal encephalopathy, started an online campaign to raise $10,000 for the treatment: erythrocyte encapsulated thymidine phosphorylase, designed to repair the molecular defect that causes her condition.

The treatment is being offered in London to those who can pay $6,100 a month for it. Because it hasn't been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, it isn't covered by the Kleins' insurance.

Melissa Klein tacked on an additional $3,900 to her fundraising goal for travel expenses.
Melissa Klein is the wife of Spc. John Klein, a soldier assigned to Fort Carson's Warrior Transition Battalion due to injuries sustained in Afghanistan in 2011 when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb.
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