Frantina is a 17 mo. old little girl who came to live at God's Littlest Angels orphanage in February of 2011. She was doing fine and progressing well. In September of 2011, her progress slowed and she began showing signs of neck and back pain. By November, she had lost the ability to sit and stand like she had prior to this. After much testing, it was determined she has a tumor on her spine between her shoulder blades. She needs medical care outside of Haiti to have a chance at life.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Frantina's problem has two parts to it. Her biggest problem is that she has a tumor on her spine that is causing significant pain and not even allowing her to sit up or stand any more. This problem is magnified by the fact that there are not adequate medical facilities in Haiti to diagnose what type of tumor it is and treat it. Without getting to at least the Dominican Republic for evaluation and treatment, she is at significant risk for either permanent paralysis or even worse.
How will this project solve this problem?
There are no doctors or medical facilities in Haiti who can adequately treat her condition. Without treatment (most likely surgery and intensive medications) her long term prognosis is very poor. We are currently talking with Drs. and a medical facility in Santo Domingo, DR and hope that they will donate the cost of diagnosis and treatment of her tumor. $2600 of the $5K we are asking for help with is for the needed tests and treatment. We need your help in getting Frantina to the DR
Potential Long Term Impact
If Frantina doesn't get the medical care that she needs, she will soon be paralyzed and her long term outlook is extremely poor. While we don't know exactly what the outcome will be after treatment, we know that without getting to the Dominican Republic for better medical care, Frantina will have no future. Helping us with the costs of getting her to the DR will open the door to a future that she wouldn't have otherwise. Some day, Frantina will have an adoptive family that will thank you.
Total Funding Received to Date: $230
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $230 . The original project funding goal was $5,000.