Jonas drank lye in a household accident when he was one. 3 years later he still could not eat or drink because his esophagus was scarred from his throat to his stomach. He had been receiving nutrition through his GI feeding tube in his stomach for 3 years.
Stories from the Field
Jeslyn's father contacted Healing the Children, desperate to get his daughter to the U.S. for treatment of a brain tumor. Jeslyn could not access the care she needed in El Salvador. She is now 2 years brain tumor free.
Carlos was referred to Healing the Children by volunteers who traveled to his small village in the mountains of Colombia. Carlos was born without an anus and suffered from a severe urological condition.
Healing the Children has been successful in treating thousands of children from developing countries through our International Inbound Program. We are fortunate to have surgeons and hospitals who continue to believe in the work we do in this program and who welcome the opportunity to partner with us to make a huge difference in the life of a child in need. But it is our Host Families - who open their hearts and their homes to these children - that are the backbone of the program. Without them, we could not continue. We would like to highlight one very special family!
Host families are at the heart of our International Inbound Program. They open their hearts and homes to sick children far from home. Succinctly put, what they do is human kindness of a personal nature at its very finest! The International Inbound Program helps kids who can't get the treatment they need in their home country. The program has successfully helped over 7,400 children from developing countries during the past 36 years.
You may remember when we told you earlier this year about Daisy, a four-year-old girl from Nicaragua disfigured by a massive vascular tumor on her upper lip. We have good news.
Lemuel is a four year old child from a remote area in the Mayan region of Guatemala. He was brought to our attention by a former Peace Corps worker. Lemuel was in desperate need of heart surgery with the complicating issue of a mouth full of rotten teeth.
Wester Rodriguez arrived from the Dominican Republic, showing little outward sign of a heart condition. As the 3-year-old bounded into his host parents’ home - and hearts - they hoped that, just maybe, his condition was not that serious. It was. In fact, Wester’s medical team would soon discover an extraordinarily rare and challenging problem.