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An Ear for Dayana

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At 8 years old Dayana Tenelema knows a lot. She told me in detail how to raise chickens, how to harvest corn, and the most important part about picking the most delicious Guayabas. I was struck by her big beautiful smile and outgoing personality. I couldn’t quite figure out why she was waiting in line to see the doctor at our clinic in Ecuador. She seemed healthy and happy. After a few minutes of conversation I asked her and her mother what kind of treatment she needed. Without a word her mother gently pulled back Dayana’s shiny black hair to reveal her malformed ear. Elena suffers from a genetic microtia. The mood changed as Elena explained that she hated school and all the other kids teased her because of her ear. She told me that she dreamed of wearing her hair in braids like the other girls did, a hair style that is a big component of her Kichua culture. With a big sigh, Elena asked, “Do you think you can help me?” Fundacion Internacional Buen Samaritano Paul Martel (FIBUSPAM) is a full-service clinic, surgical center, and mobile medical unit located in Riobamba, Ecuador that provides no-cost and low-cost medical care to marginalized and impoverished communities in Ecuador. FIBUSPAM treats an average of 2,000 medical cases a month the majority of whom are from extremely rural communities and urban slums. Approximately 85% of patients treated in FIBUSPAM clinics are indigenous, primarily Kichua and Purhua cultures, dating back to pre-Incan tribes. Patients usually travel 20 to 100 miles to seek care and treatment at the FIBUSPAM clinic with conditions such as respiratory infections, intestinal sickness and parasites, tooth infections, and cataracts. Dayana’s comes from a farming village in Bolivar Province, Ecuador. Her family does not have the funds to pay for the expensive surgery needed to reconstruct her ear and does not have access to the private clinics in the capital city that offer the surgery. Working in collaboration with a local plastic surgeon who has offered his services at a discounted rate, Dayana’s surgery will cost $2,700. Help us give Dayana a chance to hear the beautiful music of life and live a happy and healthy childhood. Dayana’s brother also suffers from a genetic microtia but is too young for the needed procedure.

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FUNDACION INTERNACIONAL BUEN SAMARI...

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Marie Lavenburg

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