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Benefit event set for Laura Bertzyk

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community Fargo, 58102

Fargo North Dakota 101 5th Street North 58102

Friends and family will host a benefit on Saturday, June 1, to help Laura Bertzyk with her financial hardship due to medical bills.

After a lifetime of hip pain, Laura underwent hip scope surgery in October, 2012. When that procedure proved to be unsuccessful, Laura's hip was replaced with a prosthetic hip in January, 2013. Six weeks after her hip replacement, she had to return for another surgery to clean out and diagnose a serious infection that had occurred. She was informed that the prosthetic hip was infected with a MRSA virus, which is an antibiotic-resistant strain of Staphylococcus aureus.

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After weeks of heavy doses of antibiotics, it became obvious that the new hip had to be removed. In March, 2013 her prosthetic was replaced with an antibiotic-infused cement spacer in an effort to rid her body of the MRSA virus.

Laura is currently undergoing more antibiotic treatments and waiting twelve to sixteen weeks to see if the virus will be wiped out. If and when the virus is eradicated, she will undergo at least two more surgeries with the goal of having a new prosthetic hip placed. Currently, with the spacer in place of her hip bone, she is unable to stand on both feet or walk.

At this time, Laura is unable to return to her job at Indigo Signworks.

The dinner, silent auction and dance is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Agriculture Education building at the Red River Fairgrounds in West Fargo. Live music and entertainment will be provided by "Pickin' on Rosie."

To learn more or donate online, go to: www.dakmed.org/lendahand. Cash or check donations may be sent to Alerus Bank, 901 13th Ave. E., West Fargo, N.D. 58078 with checks payable to the Laura Bertzyk Benefit Fund. DMF Lend A Hand is supporting the fund raising effort with up to $5,000 of matching funds.

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