Melissa Young, Miss Wisconsin USA 2005, won the hearts of the contestants at the Miss USA pageant in 2005 when she was awarded miss congeniality. Young is no longer fighting for a crown, but rather her own life. (Read: 16 Thoughts Pageant Girls Had While Watching the Debate)
“My illness was caused by a doctors medical negligence. The Mayo Clinic probably said it best, calling it ‘dust swept under the rug, preventable, careless, and a total disregard for human life by a medical professional.’ Young said.
Herself and her husband were expecting their first and only child.
Illness Strikes Miss Wisconsin USA 2005
“We were over the moon,” she said. “During my pregnancy I became very ill. I couldn’t stand without passing out. Just lifting my head was too much. I begged my doctor to help me over and over. My husband would carry me into his office. I was begging him saying I’d sleep there on his floor til he helped me. I told him over and over again for months that I think I’m dying. His response was ‘ it’s your first pregnancy you look great.’ He failed to hear me or even run simple blood work. 3 weeks before my due date I passed out trying to get to the phone. My husband found me & called 911. At the hospital they induced my labor.”
Blood tests had shown her liver and kidneys had shut down. Because of the prolonged suffering and trauma Young went into complete autonomic failure. The autonomic nervous system is the part of the brain that controls heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, respiration, digestion and most vital organs.
“Mine shut off like a light switch and there is no way for doctors to manipulate that part of the brain to tell it how to work again. My heart is really struggling. After a number of unsuccessful heart procedures and no chance at getting a new heart because the message is coming from my brain. My heart is now in the condition of an 88 year old woman,” she said. (Read: Pageant Question about Donald Trump)
Be Brave for Jack
A friend she had made while competing in the pageant alongside of her, Chelsea Cooley Altman, who happened to win the title of Miss USA 2005, started a fund for her son Jack. This fund is known as the Be Brave for Jack fund.
Altman says, as a parent, there are a lot of struggles and worries that we consume ourselves with. Melissa is enduring more than I can ever imagine. We often worry about our children’s future. Please help me ease this stress for Melissa, as we strive to fund a college scholarship for Jack. Like Melissa, we can Be Brave for Jack.
If you wish to help contribute you can do so by heading to https://fundanything.com/en/campaigns/be-brave-for-jack and making a donation. A goal of $10,000 is almost accomplished.