Woman establishes foundation to find answers

Britainy Pate

Britainy Pate, 27, sits in her wheelchair on a wooden ramp that Newlin Carter, her father, built after her family moved into their apartment.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 06:46 PM.

Britainy Pate wears a smile despite ongoing challenges this past year.

The 27-year-old mother of three has been wheelchair bound since June following mysterious paralysis. Now, she seeks financial aid to find the problem’s root.

She started a non-profit organization, Britainy Will Walk Again Foundation Inc., and said all proceeds will cover her medical expenses. However, after her problems are resolved, she hopes the non-profit can help others with similar situations.

The goal is to raise $7,000; so far, $500 has been collected.

Britainy — let go from her job after losing feeling in her legs — lost feeling in her right arm on Sept. 9.

"I was in church, when it happened .... I felt a tingling sensation going up my arm, before it went numb,” she said.

She also received a couple of days’ treatment at North Okaloosa Medical Center following respiratory failure. She has sought doctors willing to take her case, but it’s been difficult without health insurance.



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