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.
Stories from the Field
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.
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.
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.