Money pours in for Yellowknife woman's brain-injury treatment
Miranda Currie hopes $10,000 brain-mapping treatment will help her get her life back
A woman in Yellowknife is astounded people rallied so quickly to help her pay for brain-injury treatment.
Miranda Currie launched a crowd-sourcing campaign online on Monday. Today, just two days later, people have donated more than her $5,000 goal.
Currie is hoping to use the money for treatment at a private clinic in Alberta that specializes in brain mapping, a type of treatment that involves tracing the activity in her brain and analyzing the chemicals that influence mood and movement.
Regular health coverage does not cover the treatment, but Currie believes it could help her get her life back.
Once an outdoor guide, her active lifestyle stopped after she smashed her head while kite skiing on Great Slave Lake in Yellowknife in November, 2011.
It helps you to believe in humanity.- Miranda Currie, brain-injury patient
Following that injury, Currie suffered several other concussions that have limited her ability to speak, walk and work. She sleeps up to 18 hours a day.
"This is the third summer that it's like I haven't been able to ride my bike, paddle my canoe, go on hikes with my friends. That was very much a part of who I was and what I did before," Currie said.
$10,000 brain-mapping treatment
Currie does receive treatment, such as physiotherapy, but she became intrigued by a clinic in Canmore, Alta., the only one in Canada that focuses on brain mapping.
After tracing the activity in the brain, a team of Western and alternative medicine specialists come up with a rehabilitation plan. Currie says she's always sought that type of coordinated approach to treatment.
"They would be able to have a visual representation of what is happening in my brain, and what parts of my brain are being activated — which is pretty cool. So then I figure, looking at that brain mapping, we can see finally what is going on in there"
Currie says she is looking into whether the territorial government will pay a portion of the expense but didn't want to postpone treatment for months while waiting to hear back.
After hearing Currie's story, Gaia Collaborative Medicine clinic agreed to sponsor half of the $10,000 treatment program.
Since launching her own online campaign Monday, the donations to cover the rest of Currie's treatment haven't stopped.
"There's a lot of names on there I don't even know — so and so from Montreal, so and so from the United Kingdom.
"It helps you to believe in humanity."
Until the treatment program begins, Currie, who is also a musician, is focusing on her upcoming CD release, dreaming of a day when her injury won't hold her back at all.
"This a new hope, this is like really exciting that it could help me to a point where I could get back to the good parts of who I was."