Terminally ill Army wife headed to London, thanks to readers' generosity
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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