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Former Juvenile Officer with a painful disease seeks help to get service dog after motorcycle crash

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On March 17, 2017, Melina Invergo, who, at the time, was a 3-year veteran employee at the Kerr County Juvenile Facility, was traveling on near SH 173 and FM 2771 when a semi-truck was reportedly stopped in the road. She crashed into the 18-wheeler, sustaining multiple injuries. Invergo was taken by EMS to Peterson Regional Hospital.

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Her injuries were said to involve an open compound fracture of her left ulna and radius. The day after her accident, she underwent a surgery where doctors performed an open reduction-internal fixation on both the ulna and radius. Invergo was sent home to heal.

On December 21, 2017, she was referred to a pain doctor after her arm was having swelling and discoloration, turning a purple color. After getting an X-ray and MRI, her arm appeared to have healed already and it was then determined that Invergo’s pain was caused by a chronic pain condition known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Type 2.

CRPS is described by Invergo, “The suicide disease is a progressive disease of the Autonomic Nervous System, and more specifically, the Sympathetic Nervous System. The pain is characterized as constant, extremely intense, and out of proportion to the original injury. The pain is typically accompanied by swelling, skin changes, extreme sensitivity, and can often be debilitating.”

She adds that according to the McGill Pain Index, CRPS is ranked as the most painful form of chronic pain that exists today.

To her, the diagnosis was an end to her law enforcement career and the end of ever being able to pursue a career path again, due to the types of medical treatments and devices she will need for pain management.

Invergo is the wife of a Kendall County Sheriff’s Office Adult Detention Officer, and the mother of two children, a 4-year-old and a 7-year-old. Her family is going through a lot, she says, and it was suggested to them to get a service dog.

The Foundation for Service Dog Support defines a service dog as “a dog that has been trained to perform tasks to assist an individual with disabilities. It is the ability to perform observable tasks, on command, that distinguishes a service dog from an emotional support dog, therapy dog or other working dogs. Some examples of tasks are balance and support, retrieving dropped objects, fetching medications and summoning assistance when needed.”

After researching service dogs for her painful disease, she found a breeder and was accepted into their program. However, they need a little bit of help to get through the beginning of the process so are reaching out to the community in hopes that additional funds can be donated to help them to get the service dog.

A motorcycle ride event will take place in October to raise money and the family has also set up a GoFundMe account for those who would like to donate at this time.

The family would like to thank future donors and those who have already contributed.