Kevin Taylor's Life of Constant Pain - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/15/04

Kevin Taylor's Life of Constant Pain

It started with a broken ankle three years ago. That break has since cost a Lubbock father of three his job, his mobility, and perhaps his sanity.

After eight surgeries and multiple procedures, Kevin Taylor has been diagnosed with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, or RSD, which is severe, incurable nerve damage. Kevin's RSD is classified as Stage 3, which describes the excruciating pain Kevin lives with every day now.

"When he broke his ankle, we were concerned, but never in our wildest dreams we would ever imagine what we were about to face," says Holley Taylor, Kevin's wife.

"Stage 3 gets to where you can't move it. You can't put any weight on it. Basically, my leg looks like a dead limb. It has hardly any circulation. The wind hurts it. Water hurts it. Sheets if you cover it up at night, it just wakes you up instantly," says Kevin Taylor, suffers from RSD.

Kevin has been told his best option at relieving the pain is a new procedure in Philadelphia, where patients receive low-dose Ketamine treatment through an IV. It's a $20,000 procedure not covered by insurance because it is not yet FDA approved.

That's why the Springs Fellowship Church is holding a benefit this Saturday to raise money for Kevin's treatment. Eight area bands are donating their time to entertain all day. United Blood Services will be on hand for blood donations, and there will be an auction, raffle ticket giveaways, and food and fun.

That's Saturday at the Springs Fellowship Church at 66th St. and Upland from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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