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May 15, 2014

TC woman recovering after life-saving surgery

TRAVERSE CITY — Kelsey Clous, whose struggle with an "unknown clotting disorder" recently was featured in the Record-Eagle, successfully emerged from surgery.

Carol Clous, Kelsey's mother, said surgeons during a seven-hour surgery on today at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. successfully grafted a piece of artery into her daughter's pelvis. The alteration bypassed a damaged piece of artery and restored blood flow to one of Kelsey's legs.

"She has blood flow to her leg, and her foot is pink," Carol Clous said by email. "It has not been pink in a very long time."

Clous said her daughter, of Fife Lake, is recovering in the hospital's Intensive Care Unit and has been assigned to strict bed rest while the grafted artery heals.

Recovery will take several weeks, yet Carol remains hopeful Kelsey will be strong enough to make the car trip home in time to go to her younger brother's graduation ceremony on June 6 in Kingsley.

Carol added that she has been humbled by an outpouring of spiritual and monetary support. Community members donated about $6,000 to a Plumfund campaign to help offset some of the family's $250,000 in outstanding medical bills.

"Words can't describe how much everyone's support has meant to us," she said. "We truly are so grateful for everyone's support, as I sat waiting for news yesterday I may have physically been alone but, spiritually I could feel so many people standing behind us, it gave me peace, and a sense of strength."

Clous, a long-time nurse, received news a bank intends to foreclose on her home shortly before Kelsey fell ill last month with another spate of blood clots. The family struggled against mounting bills for the past five years since Kelsey's diagnosis.

The Plumfund collection, at www.plumfund.com/pf/9cux8, has been extended through August.

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