My wish is that every child we send home returns to their respective country happy healthy and healed. We separate at the airport with hugs and kisses and tears, but know that our journey together is not over. In the past I’ve mentioned that these sweet children go back as little ambassadors. They tell their town, their village, how wonderful the American people are. About the love and care they received here. Word gets around about the work we at GMRF do and amazingly it helps us continue our mission. Word of Mouth helps us identify more kids in need of our help.
Recently, our precious Chantal arrived from Rwanda for surgery to repair a badly infected wound caused by an untreated compound fracture. All our children travel with a guardian, often a mother or relative. Chantal’s guardian was Consolee, a dedicated hospital employee where Chantal had been treated in Rwanda. Consolee has become our ambassador and liaison in Rwanda. Thanks to Consolee and GMRF’s efforts, four children will be arriving at the GMRF’s “Dare to Dream” house on September 15th. As you’ll notice, there are two 16 year-old Josaine’s coming. That should be fun!
Emmanuel was riding his bicycle behind a truck when it stopped short. He was thrown off his bicycle, the truck rolled back and struck his leg. A motorcyclist that had witnessed the accident picked Emmanuel up and took him to a nearby hospital. Unfortunately the leg could not be saved and they were forced to amputate.
Five year-old Alice was diagnosed with osteomyelitis, a rare infection of the bone. Serious cases such as hers can require surgery to remove the infected tissue and bone. Unfortunately Alice needed to have her right leg amputated above the knee to prevent the infection from spreading further.
Josaine I’s left leg was amputated above the knee after a tumor was found in that leg.
Josaine U’s lost her right leg after an untreated infection.
We already know the children are in need of prosthetics. Upon evaluation at Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia the doctors will determine if surgery is needed as well, which can often be the case. There will be weeks, if not months, of physical therapy as they learn to walk on their new legs.
The Dare to Dream House will be full because we will also have 14 year-old Larmont coming to us from Ethiopia. Larmont was brought to our attention by Dr. Scott Kozin, chief of staff at Shriners Hospital for Children – Philadelphia. Dr. Kozin met Larmont while doing mission work in Ethiopia. She sadly was also diagnosed with osteomyelitis and will be having surgery on her shoulder to remove the infected tissue and bone.
So tell their story, share what we do here at GMRF, and perhaps through Word of Mouth you, too, will help save a child.