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Gypsum woman suffers from autoimmune disease

Sarah Mausolf
Vail Correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
CVR Karol Rubi DT 4-30-10
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AVON, Colorado – When Karol Rubi goes to the hospital, doctors often ask whether she’s in pain.

She doesn’t have to think long about the answer. As the 28-year-old Gypsum resident knows all too well, “My body is in pain every day.”

For 12 years, Rubi has been coping with a serious autoimmune disease called antiphospholipid syndrome. She received the diagnosis shortly after giving birth to her son.

Now, Rubi is saving up for a liver transplant so she can regain her health – and be there for her 12-year-old son.

“I want to see him grow up and graduate, get married, have kids and all that,” Rubi said. “That’s what I dream of.”

Friends and family members have planned a fundraiser for Rubi. People in the community can make appointments at Rootz Hair Salon in Avon to get a skin consultation on Saturday.

The 10-minute appointments cost $20 each. Proceeds will go to Rubi.

During the consultations, people will peer into a Skin Analyzer Magnifier, a device that helps people see normally invisible skin conditions or examine the skin to customize treatments. A specialist familiar with the machine will be on hand to answer questions and recommend a skin care regimen. Skin care products and jewelry will be for sale. Half the proceeds from the sale of products will go to Rubi as well.

Organizers hope to raise $2,000 to $3,000.

“I know that with everybody’s help, she’ll get the medical care she needs,” said Roger Villeda, Rubi’s brother.

Rubi’s condition has caused blood clots in her liver. Although small tubes are propping the vessels open, doctors say Rubi will one day need a liver transplant.

She hopes to find a living donor who is a match for a partial liver transplant. Although Rubi thinks her Medicare would cover her own surgery, she suspects her insurance would not cover the donor’s surgery.

One of the many complications of Rubi’s autoimmune disease, her teeth have become rotted and cracked. Doctors say Rubi must get her teeth removed and replaced with dentures, an expected $6,000 expense, before she can get a liver transplant.

On top of those expenses, Rubi said, she is deep in debt from her many hospital stays.

With regard to the most recent fundraiser, Rubi said she’s grateful for the outpouring of support from the community.

“They’re helping me live one day at a time,” she said.

Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or smausolf@vaildaily.com.


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