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Daughter of former PCSP deputy facing extensive and expensive jaw surgery

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The daughter of a former Porter County Sheriff’s Police deputy is in need of an expensive jaw surgery, and Sheriff Dave Reynolds is appealing to the public for help.

Ashley Young, 15, a Valparaiso High School sophomore and the daughter of Bill Young--who retired as a deputy and now works as a security officer at the Porter County Courthouse--is fighting a rare progressive disease known as idiopathic condylar resportion or ICR.

ICR--which affects less than 1 percent of the population--gradually dissolves the hinges of the jaw, making it difficult to eat, speak, or close the mouth. Total reconstruction is necessary, a 10-hour procedure scheduled for June in which the upper and lower jaws will be re-positioned to close Ashley’s bite and titanium hinges fixed to her skull.

Very few surgeons in the country actually perform this procedure, and the portion of the surgeon’s fee not covered by insurance is an upfront, out-of-pocket cost of $49,000. Reynolds’ goal: to raise $10,000 to go toward that cost.

Anyone wishing to contribute may make a check payable to Ashley’s parents, William and Michelle Young, and forward it to Reynolds at the Sheriff’s Office, 2755 Ind. 49, Valparaiso, IN 46383

Folks may also contribute on a GoFundMe page established for Ashley. Go to and search for Ashley Young (Valparaiso).

Reynolds noted that nothing about this surgery will be easy and that for the first three months Ashley’s mouth will be wired shut, she will be on a liquid diet for up to eight weeks, and that her hearing will be impaired due to swelling. Full recovery will take six to 12 months, after Ashley has learned to eat and speak with her new jaw.



Posted 4/5/2019




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