Helen’s Surgery Fund
Meet Helen, a six year old girl that we met at a clinic in her village on March 4th. She is the sweetest little girl that needs our help.
Helen’s aunt brought her into our free clinic to see if we could help her. Helen’s family had taken her to their local clinic, several hospitals and not one would help them. They just told them that she has an infection and gave them amoxicillin to take. It was clear to our nurse, Charlene Barnes, that this was not just an infection and needed to be checked into further! Recently, with tears in her eyes, Helen’s grandma told us, “We have taken Helen everywhere to find out what is wrong with her arm and no one was able to tell us what it was and what to do! You are the first people to really care for her and do what it took to figure out what this growth was. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart!”
Once Charlene decided that we needed to do more investigation into the growth on her arm, we took her to a local diagnostics center to have an ultra sound done. The doctor at the diagnostics center saw that we were trying to help this little girl and said that he would be doing the ultra sound himself, instead of a tech, because he wanted the best job possible done for Helen. Once the ultra sound was done, he concluded that it looked vascular and needs to have a biopsy done.
Saturday Morning, March 20th, we traveled to Guatemala City with Helen, her grandmother and Patty Ruth with our partner ministry, Radical Missions, for an appointment with Dr. Rodriguez. Dr. Rodriguez is a world recognized orthopedic and trauma surgeon that works with our ministries. He performed another ultra sound and explained the situation to us and Helen’s grandma and that it would take surgery to remove the growth. Normally, this would be an outpatient surgery but due to the fact that there is an important nerve that controls the movement of the arm running in the area, it was going to be a more complicated procedure and he is going to want an anesthesiologist on site. He also informed us that if it was not removed, it would continue to grow, cause more pain and eventually, Helen would lose the use of her arm because the growth would pinch this important nerve.
Unfortunately, Helen had a cold with a cough and Dr. Rodriguez wants her to get over the cough before she goes under anesthesia. We took Helen back home with some cold medicine and was able to talk to her mother as we needed her permission to move forward. Helen’s mother has given us permission and is so very thankful that we came along when we did and that we are willing to help her daughter as she is not able to.
This clinic was actually suppose to happen a month ago, but because of a rise in COVID in the area, the clinic was postponed. Now we really know why, we truly feel that the clinic was held in the Lord’s timing so Helen would be able to come see us! We feel called to help Helen with this surgery and as soon as she gets over her cold and everything can be coordinated, the surgery WILL take place.
If all goes as planned, the cost of the surgery will be around US$1,000. Please join us in prayer for Helen and her surgery to regain her normal life without pain! If you feel called to help us with this procedure please click on the donate button below.