Haiti, April 5, 2019; Abandoned at 5 days old, left on the ground for wild dogs and who knows what to end her life, Anne Ericka was found by a young girl when she heard the cries of a baby in the woods. Not knowing what to do, she called an older friend who took the baby to the hospital but before that took her to the local judge who tried to sell her to a young married couple. Child trafficking raised its ugly head once again. But when they went to change her diaper, they saw it! The heart shaped bubble on the babies back, a clear sack that held her spinal cord. What we now know as Spina Bifida. All the adults ran out of the room, scared that it was something contagious. They yelled, "take her out of here, leave". The young man took the baby and headed for the nearest hospital. It wasn't long after that, that he called us to ask if we could help this baby in some way. We rushed to the hospital, both my husband and I in awe that a Mother could leave her baby on the ground like that. We see a lot with the work we do in Haiti, the place we now call home. But this was heart breaking. After prayerful consideration, we agreed to advocate for Anne Ericka. A few weeks later, 6 weeks in to the total time she had been in this world, a Neurosurgeon in his second year of his fellowship operated on her, placing the spinal cord inside her back. Soon after that due to the unsterile conditions of the hospitals in Haiti, baby girls back got horrible infected and we noticed her head began to swell. She had developed Hydrocephalus, a condition where your body is unable to drain the cerebral fluid around the brain like it normally does and is absorbed by the body. At 8 months old she was once again headed for surgery, this time we had to find the shunt (drain valve) for the surgery to place it in her head because they didn't have an in country. A wonderful Neurosurgeon donated a valve and Anne Ericka was off to the OR. Two months later, the shunt also got infected. Back to the hospital, the shunt was removed and an exterior drain line was placed. The conditions at the hospital were perfect for a bacterial infection to start. We now realize this sweet baby does not have a chance unless we get her to the united states. The government of Haiti requires that we show that we have the funds to pay for her medical expenses or they will not approve the Medical VISA to get her here to the United States for the care she needs. Wont you please give life to this precious baby by donating to her medical fund? Please join us this holiday season to give the gift of life to her. Should you have any more questions or know of a hospital, Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Orthopedic Surgeon or Urologist that would work probono on this case, please email us at AnneEricka2019@gmail.com.
We are Michele and Riis Christensen of Mission Possible Relief International, Haiti. We run a non- profit in Haiti, and therefore all of your donations are tax deductible.
Riis and Michele Christensen Mission Possible Relief, a U.S. 501c3