Saturday, April 12, 2008

New link

You will notice a sweet face on the side bar. This is a little boy with spina bifida at the Starfish Orphanage. The Seventh Diamond is organizing a project to help raise money for his and other children's surgery. IF you are able to donate any money towards his surgery, please click his picture and type in little boy with spina bifida when it allows you. The people who run this facility are so grateful for any all help. Several of us have chosen children to "sponsor" on our blog. I chose this sweet boy because a huge population of my patients at work have this condition. I know that in order to have the best quality of life, surgery is needed as soon as possible.

I hope you will pray for him, I hope you will pray for all of the babies at Starfish. I will have links to them soon. Kim and other bloggers have been really educating me on this. In fact, last month, blogging friends sent large amounts of clothing for the kids that are currently there. If y

This just demonstrates how much of a need there is. Love Without Boundaries (if anyone has a button code, I would love it) is the other organization I have been learning about. They do sooo many things including cleft lip/palate surgery which is another huge part of the patient population on my floor.

So, I ask if you can to pray about this little boy in the picture. Pray for his caretakers and doctors and that the money will come in for his surgery.

The post below is taken from Chinese Starfish.
Donations for Surgeries
There have been some interesting developments of late. The orphanages I work with have been calling me about some of the babies that need medical care, hoping that I can help. It has taken almost three years to get to this point and I feel that they are beginning to trust me to find the best care for their children. I have decided to try raise the funds and this is the reason I am writing today: To ask for your help. I am unable to bring them to Starfish right now, which makes me sad but I know that if I help with the surgeries while they are in the orphanage, then they will have a better chance at getting adopted.
I hope that in the faces of the children, you will see a need that you can do something about because the children who could use a helping hand. Maybe it is foregoing a dinner at a restaurant, a DVD or a new pair of shoes and contributing that money to our tax free foundation. By doing that you will make a permanent difference in the lives of these children. People often tell me that they cannot contribute much. I will accept whatever you can donate because I know this: The power is in combining all of those "small" donations and making something 'big" out of it. As in the story from which I took our name, you too can become a starfish thrower, by helping a child to get the necessary surgeries to become healed.
1) Breanna: She is at Starfish right now and we have raised about 2/3 of the money needed for her heart surgery. April has been so eager to help her and to honor all of her efforts, I have decided to have the surgery done in April. We are going to go ahead and do the surgery next week because it is a convenient time for Dr Li in Hangzhou. We need a additional US$1600 to cover the cost.

2) Emily: Emily is our latest addition at Starfish and it would seem that she has a parasitic twin, I still have to confirm that. Regardless, the surgery will be done at the SCMC in the middle of April to remove the growth and this surgery is also partially paid for. The funds were donated to us by the Interkom auction that I went to in Shanghai last week. This even was presented by the high school students, who through their efforts raised 20 000RMB (US$2800) to help a baby get surgery. We are short about US$1 400 for that.

There is a selection of children with Spina Bifida still in the orphanage:

1) A little boy whose picture they sent to me. He is about 8 months old. I just love that little face.
2) Two girls with SB they spent pictures of.

3) I also know of three older children who are in need of some surgery. Two are is seven and they both have to have surgery on three botched attempts to heal their SB. Another girl is four and she was just just left by her family about two weeks ago. We are planning on getting these three on a schedule with Dr Lazareff and his team who will be back in China in October of this year. I was so happy to hear about this.
Please donate through Groundspring on our website You will see the "Donate now" button on the right hand bottom of the page. If you donate, you are welcome to choose a baby and we will make sure we send you some information about the surgeries and the baby's progress over the next few months. The average amount needed for the spina bifida surgeries if there are no complications is about US$3500 to $4000. The heart surgeries can vary depending on the heart condition and this can be between US$3000 to $5000. I will also let you know when the surgeries have been fully funded. I want to keep Dr Bao busy at the SCMC!!! I am just kidding. He is busy enough without all my babies. You have to fight for his OR time and a bed in the hospital. SCMC is a really busy and very famous all over China.
Thank you so much for your support and for allowing me to do this kind of work. I could not do this without the generous donations of the people who follow the adventures of Starfish. It has been an awesome experience for me, one that has defined my life and I am so grateful for the chance to help heal a child and to be there to make sure they have everything they need to find a family.
Life, Love and Laughter,
AmandaStarfish Foster Home


Roy and Lori said...

Just stopped by to say hi!
We will be praying for that
precious liitle boy!

Take care!

The Straight's said...

What a cute little one. Isn't it amazing what surgery can do in the life of a child.

redmaryjanes said...

Hi Amy!
We are back home. We drove all day yesterday, 12 hours. It's good to be back in Michigan. Thank you so much for all of your prayers and support. The sidebar link looks fantastic, Verna did such a great job!

Sharon said...

You need the 'blogging with a purpose' award!! I will pray!

Amy, you look so much like an old friend of mine named katherine. It is amazing.