Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster

The Fight of Her Life: Dessa’s Story

dessa1 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (11/18/13) - Dessa Main is a fighter. The kind of fighter that would cause a heavyweight champ to cower before the first punch.

Dessa has been fighting against the odds her whole life. Dessa, born and raised in Owensboro, was only 17 when she found out she was going through renal failure. She was on dialysis treatment for three months until Dessa’s mother, Louise Main, did what most mothers would do and gave up a kidney to save her daughter’s life.

After 13 months, the kidney was rejected. Her oldest brother, Chris, then stepped in with another kidney. The transplant lasted almost four years, but then Dessa’s body rejected that, too. Dessa lived on dialysis treatment again for almost nine years. No one thought she was safe, but they didn’t think that she would soon be fighting against her biggest challenge thus far.

Last month, Dessa’s family noticed what looked like a bedsore on the back of her body. Doctors performed a biopsy on the now 31-year-old and concluded that it was actually a rare disease called Calciphylaxis. The disease only appears in less than 4 percent of dialysis patients and it is treatable in the beginning stages. But, Dessa, the young woman, who could “never catch a break”, was in Stage 8. A stage Owensboro doctors had never seen and could not treat.

Within a month, the open sores have covered most of her body. Her nephrologist, Dr. Bashar Maurad, says there’s “not much” they can do about her pain at this point. As family and friends gather at her bedside, there is an air of sadness in the room; an air of conclusion.

“She’s been battling for so long…when the time comes and it’s her time to go, it’s her time to go,“ Dessa’s brother, Timothy Main, said.

Living a normal life was never in the cards for Dessa.

“For 13 years, she’s had restrictions,” Louise said. “Once she goes, there won’t be any needles, There won’t be any more doctors, hospitals or restrictions. She’s going to be on a vacation…a well deserved vacation,” Louise said.

Dessa has been training for this fight her whole life. But to the girl who was once “so humorous”, it’s not about her. The “selfless” woman recently presented her niece with a birthday present; and to her fiancé - an anniversary card, even though their anniversary is not until December. During her long fight, she would even tell her family that she would rather it be her fighting than one of her brothers and sisters, because she “knows how to take pain”.

dessa2 500

And as her last wish, Dessa wants her family to be debt free for her funeral arrangements. The family has arranged an account on GoFundMe.com. The website lets people donate, anonymously or not, any amount they want to Dessa’s cause. Dessa’s goal is to raise $15,000, and in two and a half days, Dessa’s story had over 2,000 shares on Facebook and had raised several thousand dollars. But, the fight isn’t over yet.

“Whether it's two weeks from now or whether it's tonight, I’m treasuring the last moments with her,” Louise said.

If you would like to donate to Dessa Main and her family, Click Here. http://www.gofundme.com/57pwdg.

Taylor Riley
SurfKY News

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

In Other News...

Methodist Hospital Welcomes New OB/GYN Physician

HENDERSON, Ky. (7/23/14) — Methodist Hospital is excited to announce the addition of a new women’s healthcare provider… Read More

Colonel Home Blitz

HENDERSON, Ky. (7/24/14) — In an attempt to increase face-to-face contact with parents/guardians, Henderson County High… Read More

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

July 22, 2014 3878

Madisonville Woman Charged With…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 21, 2014 2736

Five Sent to Hospital After Two-Vehicle…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
July 21, 2014 2146

Business Spotlight - Painted Window Aims…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 21, 2014 2054

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - July…

in News by Madisonville Police Department
July 24, 2014 1980

Powderly Man Injured in Apparent Gun…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

July 22, 2014 3878

Madisonville Woman Charged With…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 23, 2014 1718

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - July 23,…

in Top Stories by Crime Stoppers
July 21, 2014 1197

Madisonville Fire Chief Announces…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
July 24, 2014 1170

Madisonville Man Charged for Drugs,…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
July 21, 2014 1148

Three Injured in Three-Vehicle Collision…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

July 21, 2014 1373

Portion of Southeastern Parkway Closed…

in News by Beth Cecil
July 22, 2014 1060

Alliance for a Drug Free Owensboro and…

in News by Carla Shelton
July 23, 2014 1000

Owensboro Neighborhood Alliance Meeting…

in News by Sherry Girten
July 22, 2014 997

Daviess County Traffic Advisory

in News by Keith Todd
July 23, 2014 787

Fall Baseball League Registrations

in News by Brittni Bunn

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

July 21, 2014 2736

Five Sent to Hospital After Two-Vehicle…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
July 21, 2014 2146

Business Spotlight - Painted Window Aims…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 24, 2014 1980

Powderly Man Injured in Apparent Gun…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 23, 2014 1553

Greenville Family Loses Home, Possessions…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 23, 2014 1193

Swinging for Sadie Raises $6,000 for…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 06social 21social 22social 04social 03