THE GLOBAL MEDICAL RELIEF FUND Presentation 2018
THE GLOBAL MEDICAL RELIEF FUND Presentation 2018
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.
Tanzanian kids with albinism come for care to Global Medical Relief Fund
To find out more about our latest group of children please read this article on Staten Island Advance.
Make a Mark. Make a Difference…
Pujan walks again!!!
A bit of warmth from Swaziland, Africa
Global Medical Relief Fund saved my sanity…
“Global Medical Relief Fund saved my sanity. My son Phillip was injured at birth and needed a seven hour life changing surgery in Pennsylvania. GMRF stepped in after hearing of Phillip’s story and took us by storm. Every single need was met. The flight to the best Brachial Plexus Doctor, food, lodging , and transportation. I could not believe someone was so willing and joyful to help us! I didn’t think it was real at first. But it was and is! They have extended their hand for future help with appointments to Pennsylvania! I couldn’t be more appreciative and relieved! My son was able to receive some of the best medical care and was able to make it to and from safely. There isn’t a word big enough to the GMRF team for support and wonderful mannerisms that made me still feel human. Thank you so much! Words could never express my gratitude!”
~Janata Kneemiller-Cleveland & Baby Phillip
Thanks to our donors and partners-in-effort, especially the Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, we are able to change the lives of children like Phillip.
Meet Andiswa – 2 month old burn victim from Swaziland
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.
More about her story:
Meet Sarki – 10 year old burn victim from Nepal
Meet our precious Sarki! Sarki is from the Himalaya region, approximately 8,000 feet above sea level. Sarki and her parents, along with her five siblings, live in a single-room hut in a remote area of Nepal. From the city of Kathmandu, the mountain where Sarki and her family reside is an eight hour trip by car and then a six hour walk.
When Sarki was two years old, she stumbled into the family’s fire-burning stove during the night. Due to extreme hunger, she was restless and unable to sleep. Her father was out tending to sheep and her mother, being deaf, did not hear her cry. The accident left Sarki with severely burned hands, especially her right one.
Thanks to a network of organizations and our donors, now ten-year-old Sarki and her guardian arrived at the “Dare to Dream” house on August 31st. She will be in our care through this six month life changing journey as she receives treatment for her burns at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. Sarki has undergone successful surgery on September 9th, 2014 and she is eager to begin using both of her hands again.
Meet Aldrin – 6 Year old amputee, victim of Typhoon Haiyan
Young Aldrin Tadic, age 6, has arrived from the Philippines for medical treatment and his new leg. During the November, 2013 Typhoon Haiyan, his home city Tacloban was the “hardest hit” according to the Philippines News Agency. He lost his left leg when he was hit by a flying piece of metal. Thousands were reported killed as the storm — described as “one of the world’s most powerful typhoons” — slammed into the Philippine Island nation. As many as 10,000 people are believed to have died just in the city of Tacloban, alone, where entire streets, including homes, schools and businesses, were wiped out. The storm produced wind gusts as high as 230 M.P.H. At least one large ship was washed ashore in Tacloban by strong waves. GMRF has arranged for Aldrin, accompanied by his mother, to come to the United States for medical evaluation and treatment for a prosthetic leg by our partners-in-effort, the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Philadelphia. Aldrin and his mother have become the newest members of the GMRF family to arrive to our “Dare To Dream House.”