Ana Lucia is 12 years old.
She was diagnosed with scoliosis and has a severely curved spine. On a trip to Ana Lucia’s home country of Guatemala, one of World Pediatric Project’s spine surgical teams discovered the severity of her condition. She was evaluated at one of their screening clinics and was selected to come to the United States for care.
The severity of her condition requires more intervention that can be provided for her in Guatemala. The public hospitals in Guatemala don’t have the ability to perform this scoliosis surgery due to the cost of the titanium implants needed to straighten her spine. The only outlet for care for Ana Lucia would be at a costly private hospital; the opportunity for her to come to the United States will allow her to get the care she needs. WIthout access to treatment, Ana Lucia’s spine would continue to curve and become severe enough to cause breathing issues, paralysis, or become a life-threatening condition.
Ana Lucia will be brought to Shriners Hospital in St. Louis, MO in November, where she will undergo halo traction for six weeks before attempting a spine fusion. The halo traction will slowly lengthen her spine prior to a final fusion procedure.
Shriners Hospital is donating all of Ana Lucia’s treatment. What Ana Lucia needs now is assistance with direct cost expenses - including housing, food, medication, transportation, airfare taxes, and pediatric consults.
Your support can help Ana Lucia receive the specialized care she needs to survive and thrive. Join the student campaigns at Harvard and Hunter College for World Pediatric Project today to help make a real difference for Ana Lucia.