NZ Herald nzherald.co.nz 30 Apr, 2021 18:00 am

Rare health condition: Government to pay for Melody Klein Ovink's life-saving US surgery

Rare health condition: Government to pay for Melody Klein Ovink's life-saving US surgery
Shock of news from ministry makes 24-year-old feel 'sick'.

Melody Klein Ovink's mission to raise $470,000 for US surgery to save her life.Video / George Novak Just days ago Melody Klein Ovink was on a mission to raise more than $470,000 for life-saving surgery in the United States.Klein Ovink was diagnosed with it in September last year after going to Tauranga Hospital with huge pain in her neck caused by a small bleed.Melody Klein Ovink was relieved to find out a Ministry of Health fund would cover life-saving surgery in the US which will cost more than $400,000.

Determined to go ahead with the surgery before the end of the year, Klein Ovink and her family started saving and fundraising while waiting to hear back on the application to the Ministry of Health.Klein Ovink, a physiotherapist, said yesterday's news came as a huge relief to her and her family and meant that, rather than planning for the end of the year, she could be in Arizona in the next couple of months.

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