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.
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 GoFundMe.com 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.