7.09.2008

Sorry for the silence...

Life has been INSANELY busy for Lori and I!!!!!!!!! I came back from Haiti 8 weeks ago today with Jonas, and life has just gotten crazier! I have 4 children, 3 with special needs, so there is not a dull moment around here during the summer. Lori just moved, and her family is in the process of building a new house. Their life is not going to slow down anytime soon. Their 6th child will be born sometime in late August/early September.

Many of you have e-mailed us and asked about Widline and Shnaider. I have updates...
Also, for those of you who have contacted Lori or I about helping with Hands That Heal, we appreciate your willingness so much, and we will be getting back with you soon to get you plugged in!

Widline is doing great, and has reached many milestones. She is even sitting now!!! She will be returning to Haiti in August with AMH, unless her doctors want to do some more testings/surgeries with her. I will let you know when she has an official travel date. Her host family will MISS HER TERRIBLY!!!!!!! They look forward to hosting another child in the future. Thank you Bowley family for loving Widline like she was your own!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You have impacted her little life forever!






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Shnaider is doing great, and has been released by all of his doctors to go back to Haiti. Barbara Walker, Reach Out To Haiti, will be coming to the States to take him back to Haiti in the next couple weeks. Please be in prayer for Shnaider and his Mom. Hopefully in the next couple days, I will be able to share more in depth about this specific need. Just please lift Shnaider and his mom up to our Lord!!!!!!!! Shnaider came to the States so weak and underweight. He has gained over 5 lbs, and is now walking everywhere. He has really bonded with his host family, and I would ask that you pray for his adjustment as he goes back to Haiti. Here are a couple recent photos that his host mom sent me. Thank you so much to the Truesdale family for hosting and loving Shnaider during his time here in the US! I know that you will greatly miss him!

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Currently, we are working with Angel Missions Haiti to find help for 2 orthopaedic cases and 5 urology cases. We have a doctor that has agreed to take the 2 ortho cases. Thanks Dr. Didelot and St. Vincent's Hospital. Megan, who was featured on the AMH blog a few weeks ago, is one of the cases. Please pray that I can get a hold of the doctor this week to start the paperwork. It is sometimes very hard during the summer months to connect easily with doctors. This is a busy time for them as they do A LOT of surgeries during the summer, and take family vacations, etc. The second ortho case, Joseph, will be coming to the States late fall/early winter, to have tumors removed from his legs.

I am still waiting to hear back from the Urologist, to see who he will be able to help. He will be prioritizing the cases, and doing the most urgent cases this year, and the others next year.

Marie Witlene will be the next patient coming to the States for surgery. She is a 25 yrs. old, and has a tumor on her pituitary gland. Dr. Isa Canavati has agreed to do her surgery, and we are praying that Lutheran Hospital, in Fort Wayne, will donate the OR/hospital stay. This is the hospital that Shnaider was originally going to have his surgery at, and then the surgery was transferred to St. Vincent's. Since the money was set aside for Shaider's surgery, and it was not used, I am asking the hospital if they will just transfer those funds for Marie's surgery. Please pray with us that it will be okayed!

Lastly, Barbara Walker, just sent us medical information for a teenager with a heart condition. We will be seeking medical treatment for her in Ohio. Please pray that a doctor/hospital/ and host family will be found for her.

Please contact us if you are willing to be a host family. We can e-mail you an application, and will keep your information on file, for when we have a child/adult coming to your area.

Thank you so much for praying for this foundation, and partnering with us to find help for the people of Haiti!


2 comments:

4 lads for me said...

Thanks for the updates, they made me happy and sad all at the same time! I know you know what I mean! Thanks for all your hard work!

Widline's host mommy

4 lads for me said...

OH, and you KNOW we have interest in hosting! Keep us posted!

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