A young woman from Northumberland, who has to lie down flat all the time, is to undergo surgery in Spain.
It was going to be carried out in the US but now a neurosurgeon in Spain has agreed to take on Mel's case at a cost of £80,000.
She has not yet reached her fundraising target but says the risk of irreversible damage is now too great and she is booked in for the 17th May and then again on May 21st.
Why does Mel need this operation?
It's because Melanie suffers from a rare genetic condition - and that's left her completely bed-bound.
A complication of EDS means her head and spine are unstable. It's left the former student bedbound 24/7. When she does leave the house she has to do so on a stretcher.
The surgery will involve fusing her skull to her neck.
She still needs to raise £30,000.