My Hope Chest Teams up with Dr. Raj Ambay, Local Micro Surgeon


My Hope Chest and Ambay Plastic Surgery Team Up To Help Local Breast Cancer Survivor

The challenges a woman goes through to save her life when diagnosed with breast cancer are difficult… Now add to that injury, the inability to find closure from the disease and restoring your body, then you understand the applicants to My Hope Chest.

Thanks to a new partnership with Dr. Ambay and Florida Hospital, the complicated DIEP micro-surgery for MHC patients can be done for “insured” breast cancer survivors in Tampa Bay.  (My Hope Chest now helps insured survivors with their lofty insurance deductibles.)



My Hope Chest and Ambay Plastic Surgery Team Up To Help Local Breast Cancer Survivor


Wesley Chapel, FLA (June 20, 2015) – After a previous failed attempt at breast reconstruction, local breast cancer survivor, Laurie Gilsdorf, will receive a tummy tuck tissue transplant (DIEP flap) to reconstruct her breast on Saturday, June 26th thanks to My Hope Chest and Dr. Raj Amby of  Ambay Plastic Surgery.

Gilsdorf underwent breast reconstruction and implants previously, but after the many challenges that her body faced healing, her local plastic surgeon informed her that specialized breast reconstruction would be her only option.

“At first it was difficult to find a surgeon that would be able to perform the DIEP flap surgery, but My Hope Chest was able to introduce me to a new surgeon who could help,” said Gilsdorf.

Tummy tuck tissue transplant (DIEP flap) surgery consists of removing the tissue in a tummy tuck and transferring it to the breast for reconstruction. Ambay Plastic Surgery is the only private group in Tampa that has specialized training in this procedure. By performing the specialized breast reconstruction he creates a natural looking and feeling breast.

“There are no words to really convey my excitement and thanks to My Hope Chest and Dr. Ambay for this opportunity to feel like a butterfly again,” said Gilsdorf.

My Hope Chest is the only national organization that funds breast reconstruction for uninsured and under insured breast cancer survivors.

“We are so pleased to have an opportunity to team up with My Hope Chest to help Laurie Gilsdorf,” said Dr. Ambay. “Breast cancer has turned Laurie’s life upside down. She has been so strong and we will help her to complete her journey by transplanting normally discarded tummy tuck tissue to her breast.”


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