Kimberly was born with a significant hearing loss and did not have access to school like other children. When her mother died, and her father remarried, she was adopted by a local teacher who taught her sign language, and brought her to an HTC clinic while volunteering as an interpreter.
Stories from the Field
Anthony was born with the life-threatening congenital heart defect Tetralogy of Fallot, making him appear slightly “blue” and causing eating difficulties and his failure to thrive. Without repair of this defect Anthony’s prognosis for survival was grim.
Nubia is a 17 year old student from Healing the Children Wisconsin’s Adopt-a-Student program in Citlaltepec, Mexico. She suffered for years with terrible headaches and very poor vision caused by an eye condition called strabismus. Nubia told us that after her surgery she feels like a new person!
Baby Marari was born in Teotecacinte in northern Nicaragua with bilateral clubfeet. She was referred to us by her father, David, who was treated by Healing the Children, Wisconsin many years ago for the same condition.
February 14th, 1983 was indeed a very special day for our family. That day we welcomed our first Healing the Children child from Guatemala. Little that we knew that this little girl would change our lives forever! Since that day we have had the privilege of serving forty-five children from ten different countries. These children came for life threatening surgeries and went home with the gift of life.
Her Nicaraguan name was Deysis. We just called her Daisy. The first time we saw her, she was happily nestled in her mothers arms, completely unaware of the large, deforming tumor on her upper lip. Unbeknownst to us, her parents had already spent countless hours searching all over Nicaragua for a doctor who could help their child. Nobody could. But the plastic surgeon on our Healing the Children medical team felt that in America, the job could be done.
The Northeast and Northern California divisions of Healing the Children recently completed their third annual cleft lip and palate mission to Ica, Peru.On their first day, the team was enthusiastically greeted by a waiting room full of families and their children, some of whom traveled up to 40 hours to reach the Hospital Regional de Ica.
18-month old Victoire from the Côte d’Ivoire in West Africa was brought to the United States by another NGO for treatment of a terrible tumor over her left eye. Unfortunately, once Victoire was in the United States, they found themselves in over their heads. They learned too late that she was suffering from tuberculosis, and the sponsoring hospital backed out, concerned that the case was too difficult. Luckily, the Kentucky Chapter of Healing the Children was able to step in and help.