5-year old Elise, from Cameroon, had her life changed by the power of surgical care and the kindness of strangers when she met Mending Kids. Her story is a testament to what can be achieved when people come together with a common goal: to mend children in need.
Elise's journey began when her father reached out to Mending Kids. She was suffering from a spinal malformation that was untreatable in her country, and her family had exhausted all other options. With the help of our dedicated team and thanks to our kaleidoscope of monthly donors, Elise was approved for surgery at Shriners Children’s Hospital.
Elise's journey was full of obstacles, including being denied a visa twice. However, through our tireless efforts, which included appeals to congressional representatives, and a volunteer flying to her hometown of Yaounde to escort her, Elise was finally able to travel to Los Angeles and then onto Portland for her life-changing surgery at Shriners Medical Center. [READ MORE]
The results have been remarkable. Elise instantly grew two inches taller and is on her way to an impressive four-inch increase! Her mother's testimony speaks to the profound impact this has had on her family's life: "Honestly speaking, this is a dream come true...I remember severally she will always ask me 'mummy when will my back be straight?' My response was never mind one day your back will be straight. And behold, her back is straight."
After 4 months, Elise’s host family, Bob and Kate, flew back with her to reunite with her family in Cameroon. But her journey is far from over. Elise will need to return to the US every 6 to 9 months for the next 6 years for the procedures necessary to ensure straight growth of her spine.
The life-changing impact of surgical care is undeniable, and thanks to our kaleidoscope of monthly donors we’re able to restore futures. A monthly commitment creates the safety net that allows us to provide vital surgeries to children like Elise, who have no other options. Join our community of changemakers, dedicated to transforming lives.
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