Fort Carson Soldier's Wife With Rare Disorder Thanks Community

A Fort Carson soldier

Melissa Klein poses with her husband, John.

A Fort Carson soldier's wife with a rare genetic disorder wants to send a big thanks to the community for helping to save her life.

Twenty-one-year-old Melissa Klein suffers from mitochondrial neurogastrointestinal encephalopathy. Her husband, Army SPC John Klein, told us the disorder causes her to have extreme weight loss and hearing loss. Melissa currently weighs just 64 pounds.

On Sunday, The Gazette newspaper ran a story saying the couple was trying to raise $10,000 for an experimental treatment in London. In less than 24 hours, readers helped them surpass the goal bringing in more than $11,000. The Kleins told 11 News if it wasn't for the generous donations they would have just given up and continued on until she passed away. They say they are thrilled to be able to now plan the trip for the treatment.

We also learned Klein's husband survived an IED attack in Afghanistan. He now suffers from traumatic brain injury, migraines, vision loss and spine injuries.

If you'd like to donate to Klein's treatment costs click here.


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