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A bit of warmth from Swaziland, Africa

A bit of warmth from Swaziland, Africa

Andi waving goodbye for now.


Just four months ago, our Executive Director, Elissa Montanti received a desperate plea to help an infant “Baby Shirley.”Janine Maxwell, Co-founder of Heart of Africa wrote, “Baby Shirley’s mother dumped her in a pit latrine at birth and then dumped fire in on top of her to make sure she died. She has burns so severe to her face that she can’t breathe well and gets infections easily, putting her very life at risk… nothing can be done in Swaziland.”Immediately, Elissa reached out to Dr. David Hoffman from Staten Island University Hospital, whom without hesitation Dr. David Hoffman agreed to help baby Shirley. He recruited Drs. Michael Cooper and Arthur Buonaspina.
On December 15th, Shirley received her life saving surgery to open her nostrils and skin grafts on her right cheek as well as the release of her left index finger.Fast forward, four months of occupational therapy and care, Shirley returned home to Swaziland on March 30th. She will be deeply missed by all at GMRF and the Staten Island community. The love and kindness she received from our community was nothing shy of a miracle.We are looking forward to welcoming her back as soon as she is ready for follow-up care.On her behalf, Heart for Africa’s and all of us at GMRF, we thank all our partners-in-effort and our donors for allowing us to continue with GMRF’s mission.

Every Little Bit Helps… 
More on Andi leaving:

Staten Island Advance,  March 2015 Article

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