Two- year-old Kalen was born with clubfeet. Mending Kids sponsored his travel from Belize to Shriners in Pasadena where he had surgery on the left foot and over 12 casting changes on the right foot. His castings were changed every two weeks. Happily, all went well and this brave boy went home at the end of September and is running all over the place without tripping on his feet. This dollar amount paid for his travel expenses.
18-month-old Katherin is a second generation Mending Kid. Her mother, Julissa had open-heart surgery a decade earlier with Mending Kids. Katherin was born with the same congenital heart defect as her Mom. Through Mending Kids Individual Surgical Care Program, she received her life-saving heart surgery in September. This dollar amount paid for her travel paperwork from Ecuador to Argentina and her immunization fees.
Mending Kids welcomed back 4.5-year-old Zainabu, who we met 2.5 years ago at a former colorectal mission. With her heart now mended, she was finally able to have her colorectal surgery last month through our Mwanza, Tanzania ARM mission. This donation would fund the medical supplies for Zainabu's surgery.
4-year-old Yahelii was a patient of Mending Kids Hometown Los Angeles in 2017 and 2018. She has a hairy nevus on one side of her face and underwent skin-graphs for the second time last summer during Hometown L.A. These dollars will fund Yaheli’s post-surgery medication.
This is the story of Mending Kids patient 7-year-old Joan from Asunge village in Uganda. Joan was diagnosed with heart disease at the Uganda Heart Institute but they were not equipped to handle her case. Her heart condition required urgent surgery to repair.
Joan's mother works in the field just to make ends meet. Her father is blind so Mom is trying to support Joan and her two siblings by doing field work. She has also had to borrow from relatives just to keep Joan stabilized.
Joan's Mom reached out to The Action For Disadvantaged People (ACDIPE) in Uganda who then reached out to our Mending Kids Individual Surgical Care team for help.
In September, Joan and her mother, Harriet flew to Bangalore, India to the Narayana Hrudayalaya Health Hospital and Joan was operated on by Dr. Sateesh.
Mending Kids is happy to report that Joan's open-heart surgery was a success and on October 23, she was flown home to Uganda.
In 2013, Mending Kids realized the need to provide local Los Angeles children a chance at a better life. Those children whose conditions have been deemed non life threatening or elective by insurance providers.
We know that a young boy with a large hairy nevus on his face or a little girl in need of burn reconstruction surgery might be self conscious or experience bullying as a result of their physical appearance and that surgery can be truly life changing.
Mending Kids held its sixth annual Hometown Mission Saturday, July 21st and provided life-changing surgeries to 16 children in the greater Los Angeles region, at no cost to the patients or their families. 10-year-old Stacey suffered a burn that ran the length of her left arm from a curling iron burn when she was only a couple years old.
Won’t you consider helping us sustain and extend these missions to help children like our HTM patient Stacey?
Through our Hometown Mission in LA and coming to New York and Arizona in 2019, Mending Kids is committed to providing surgical care for these overlooked conditions to improve the health and quality of life of the children who need it most in the U.S.
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This is Sara’s story. Mending Kids first met Sara at 7 years old. Her speech was thick and sometimes hard to understand due to her large tongue and lip. As she grew, her appearance took on more significance. She grew nervous when meeting new people and was uncomfortable when answering their questions, especially when their eyes tended to focus on her mouth, chin, and scars.
Over the last 8 years Sara has undergone 12 surgeries under Mending Kids Individual Surgical Care Program. See her before and after photos above.
With your support, we can continue to offer children like Sara these life-changing surgeries to better their self esteem and physical appearance. Won’t you consider making a contribution on this #GivingTuesday so that Mending Kids can pursue our mission to provide free, critical surgeries on behalf of those children who need it most.
On Thanksgiving Day, Mending Kids gives thanks for the children we’ve had the blessing to mend and save. We ask that you remember us on this #GivingTuesday (Nov 27, 2018) and hope for your support so that we may continue to save children like Zainabu.
Mending Kids first met little Zainabu in the Fall of 2016 in Mwanza, Tanzania when her mother brought her to the Bugando Medical Center to have her colorectal condition repaired. Sadly, she was deemed too risky to operate on due to a serious undetected heart condition.
Through our efforts and with the help from one of our partner organizations, Zainabu received her life-saving heart surgery last October and then happily last week, her colorectal condition was repaired through Mending Kids Tanzania ARM Mission. She will be able to go to school in the Fall of 2019.
We have a proven track-record of changing and saving children’s lives’ but there’s still more work to be done.
Help us celebrate this day of generosity and the beginning of the giving season. Consider making a donation to save children like Zainabu and many more.
$25 Will assist a child with post surgery medication.
$50 The cost of medical supplies for one surgery.
$100 Visa fees for one child to travel internationally for surgery and their immunization fees.
$200 Allowance for meals for parent and child for two weeks pre and post surgery.
$500 The cost of two club foot surgeries performed in-country.
$1000 Airfare for one surgeon to travel to Central America to provide surgery for one week.
Julissa received open-heart surgery ten years ago through Mending Kids. Her now 18 month old daughter Katherin (with no E), recently traveled to Argentina from Ecuador for the same life-saving procedure through Mending Kids Individual Surgical Care Program. Mom Julissa had her first open heart surgery at 18 months old. Not surprisingly, her daughter Katherin was born with a congenital heart defect. As history repeated itself, Julissa turned to Mending Kids, as her parents had a decade ago and we welcomed her with open arms.
Little Katherin had her open heart surgery in Argentina in August. She is now back home in Ecuador. Her surgery was a success.
On this #GivingTuesday, make your charitable donation today and help Mending Kids continue to give children like Katherin a fighting chance for survival.
Out of respect and concern to our staff, Gala Committee members, volunteers, donors and medical professionals affected by the recent wildfires, Mending Kids “Imagine” Wings Gala has been postponed. Originally scheduled for this Saturday, November 17, it will be rescheduled to Thursday, February 21, 2019. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this disaster.Mending Kids relies heavily on this Gala to support its mission work and have created an online auction of select items that were going to be offered at the Gala. We hope you will go online and bid often and think of the children's lives' you will be saving when you make your year-end giving decisions. visit our "Bid-To-Mend" auction site and bid to win @ https://mki.cbo.io