On behalf of my daughter Zhane, the pleasure is mine to extend a heartfelt thank you for your huge sponsorship towards healing my child. Your generosity to such a gesture would always be treasured by us. Deep within me, as a parent, I am so elated and grateful for your unmeasurable and kind deed. I can assure you that my daughter’s level of self-esteem will return to normalcy. My desire is that someday, my daughter and I would be able to give back selflessly. Once again a special thank you for transforming my child’s life. You are a special friend indeed.
Sincerely yours, Sharon, Proud Parent
We just received an update from Jenna Garber who is currently in the field, working with World Pediatric Project's orthopedic surgery team in St. Vincent!
She says on November 16:
Update from the field: Sharena, the first surgical patient of the week, stands and walks for the first time only one day after receiving a posterior spinal fusion to correct her scoliosis! The team is on schedule to complete 8 scoliosis procedures this week at Milton Cato Memorial Hospital in St. Vincent & the Grenadines!
We are SO excited by this news and thank YOU for making it possible for Sharena to walk.
Please visit our Facebook page to see Jenna's update yourself! www.facebook.com/worldpediatricproject
Casey is a long-time World Pediatric Project patient who suffers from spina bifida, a condition that prevents many children from ever learning how to walk . . . but Casey has never been one to take no for an answer!
We first met Casey in 2007 when he and his mother traveled to Richmond for emergency neurosurgery a few weeks after he was born. Since then, Casey has been followed closely by World Pediatric Project teams that travel to the Eastern Caribbean. Last year, thanks to the generosity of friends like you, WPP physiotherapist Kim Wesdock was able to create small leg braces for Casey to help stabilize his ankles and calves, allowing him to stand on his own for the first time ever! Kim hoped that with physical therapy Casey would eventually be able to walk on his own.
In June, when a World Pediatric Project team arrived in St. Vincent, they were greeted with a beautiful sight… Casey was not only standing on his own, but was walking as well! Thank you for making this truly life-changing miracle possible for Casey, his family, and for our medical volunteers!
International Hospital for Children is now World Pediatric Project! Our mission of providing critical pediatric care to children in developing countries remains the same, but our new name reflects our action-oriented mission. Visit our new website to learn more: www.worldpediatricproject.org
Recently, one more child benefited from your generosity!
The largest, most complicated case completed on World Pediatric Project's recent surgical and diagnostic trip to St. Vincent & the Grenadines was a complete hip disarticulation performed by Drs. Woods and Tuten on 15-year-old Kamara. Kamara and her mother first traveled to the U.S. in 2006 for treatment of a neurofibromatosis growth on her leg. In 2010 the tumor returned aggressively and was threatening her life. After seeking consult from all of her Richmond physicians, amputation was the consensus.
On Monday of the mission, Dr. Woods and Dr. Tuten performed a long procedure to remove Kamara’s leg at the hip joint and do their best to remove the tumor that had spread into her pelvis. After only 2 days in recovery, Kamara was up, moving around, and learning how to maneuver on one leg with her crutches. Past World Pediatric Project patient Aaron spent time visiting with Kamara and providing encouragement and words of support. Kamara continues to recover in the hospital and inspires all around her with her strength, optimism and determination.
Destin received surgery to repair muscular deformities in his hamstrings and Achilles tendons this time last year, thanks to your generous support. International Hospital for Children volunteer pediatric surgeons recently traveled back to St. Vincent and the Grenadines and had the opportunity to follow-up with past surgical patients such as Destin. Check out how happy he is in these photos, now able to walk normally!
Destin's mother also sent us a sweet, two-page note. Here is just a small excerpt:
“When Destin was little, we noticed his mobility was getting worse and worse until he was creeping around on all fours. One day during a consultation, our doctor told us about the IHC program to assist needy children and gave us the contact information for Sister Jackie King. As soon as we got in contact with Jackie, she told us not to worry, we will be well taken care of, and she meant every word. This was truly a great breakthrough after nine years of prayers and tears . . .”
Thank you for helping Destin receive the life-changing surgery he needed to live a full and productive life!
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