Meet Eliseo, a nine year old little boy from Santa Maria de Jesus, Guatemala. He goes to our school and lives with his Mom, Dad and 6 brothers and sisters. The father works in the fields earning $3.50 a day which is barely enough to feed his children let alone pay for this life saving operation. Can you imagine explaining to tell your child that you cannot afford an operation that would allow him to live a normal life?
These beautiful, humble and caring parents are trying to control their emotions for their son and came to us for help. Thanks to the advice from volunteer Duncan, an Orthopedic surgeon, we took him to get an MRI and checked by a spinal surgeon.
It was confirmed that Eliseo was born with spina bifida, a birth defect which is usually picked up during a baby's first year and is then treated. Sadly pre- and post- natal care is not widely available for many in Guatemala which has the highest maternal mortality rate in Latin America. Many have babies at home and often common illnesses go untreated. This is the case for Eliseo. 8 months ago Eliseo started to lose feeling in his right leg. His foot started to hook into his stride. After numerous trips to the national hospital and with very little treatment available his condition has deteriorated to the point where he has lost all feeling in his leg and also urinary sphincter function. His condition is degenerative which means it is getting worse day-by-day.
Thanks to a kind donor we were able to take Eliseo to get an MRI as well as see a spinal surgeon. It has been confirmed that his condition has now lead to tethered cord syndrome. He needs spinal surgery as soon as possible, followed by physiotherapy. The cost for this procedure is $6000.
Every little counts so let's help raise these funds to help Eliseo get back on his feet!