Provide medical care to Haitian orphans

Aug 26, 2011

Keeping sickle cell at bay

Christopher is an orphan in Haiti who suffers from sickle cell anemia. Sickle cell anemia is a disease passed down through families in which red blood cells form an abnormal crescent shape. The fragile, sickle-shaped cells deliver less oxygen to the body's tissues. They can also get stuck more easily in small blood vessels, and break into pieces that interrupt healthy blood flow. Almost all patients with sickle cell anemia have painful episodes (called crises), which can last from hours to days. These crises can affect the bones of the back, the long bones, and the chest. (Excerpt from PubMed Health)

The Red Thread Promise (TRTP) has been funding Christopher's medical needs since he was a toddler. We have loved being a part of his life, watching him grow and always enjoy visiting him whenever possible during our frequent trips to Haiti.

TRTP received a beautiful note from Christopher's forever mother, Jana, who is anxiously awaiting the final adoption paperwork to be processed.

In her note, she states "The Red Thread Promise has been such a HUGE part of bringing Christopher home. We would not have been able to get this far without you. Rachel [orphanage director] says that Christopher has been in much better health since TRTP has supplied the orphanage with a constant supply of medicine and vitamins for him and the other children. We are grateful for the monthly funding you continue to supply for his care while he is in Haiti." 

"Our [adoption] paperwork is at the office of the Minister of the Interior in Haiti, the last step before being issued Christopher's passport and visa. As soon as we arrive in the states, we anxiously look forward to meeting with the sickle cell specialists that you have arranged for us in Louisiana. It is amazing that you were able to make this connection on our behalf to help us prepare a long-term plan for Christopher's care. We will think of you every time we look at our precious son. We look forward to the day that we are able to bring him home to stay."

It has been and continues to be our pleasure to support children like Christopher in their time of need. We too look forward to when he is able to go home to his forever family. He will always be in our hearts.



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Kathy Korge Albergate

New Orleans, LA United States

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