Ephriam Flies to Spain
Organized by: Melissa Deal
The neurosurgeons looked at the scans of his brain and said it was unlikely he would be able to talk. Wouldn't be able to recognize people. Wouldn't be able to understand his surroundings. Against all odds, he does ALL these things and MORE. Down the rugged streets of Georgetown, Guyana, you will find a joyful mother sitting in her hair salon with her courageous 7 year old boy. Ephraim Collins can talk. He smiles when his favorite people walk in the door. And he greatly enjoys playing his favorite games with his father, Otto. He recognizes music. He even dances with the little movement his frail body can muster up. While he relies on his mother and father for any sort of big body movement, he is quite aware of his surroundings. He suffers from a severe case of hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is an abnormal accumulation fluid within the cavities of the brain, resulting in the expanding of the head. Currently his head is 88 cm. large. At 6 months of age, Ephriam was on the medical table awaiting surgery. Unexpectedly, however, the surgery was stopped because of complications. With nowhere to turn, Ephraim's parents took him home, have carefully cared for him and he has survived against all odds. With the condition as severe at it is, the neurosurgeons are surprised to see just how aware this young child is. The reason is almost undoubtedly the care his parents have shown Ephriam by having him on a healthy 'brain diet', keeping his brain active by playing hand games, and talking to him constantly. However, time is not in his favor. When neurosurgeon Juan Martinezed from Spain and Professor of Neural Tissue Engineering, Divya Maitreyi Chari, reviewed this child's case, they knew time was in the essence. Doctor Juan Martinezed has generously agreed to operate on Ephriam free of charge in Malaga, Spain. While the surgery may come with complications, they know the alternative will certainly mean death. There is only one small problem. To get to the doctors, a special medical plane will be brought to Guyana to pick Ephraim and his parents up. On board will be the doctor, a team of nurses, and special equipment due to the condition of Ephriam's brain. Without raising money for this plane, the surgery will never happen. Without raising money for this plane, Ephraim will never see the hope of tomorrow which is waiting on the other side of the landing. We are raising money for the medical plane there and back, medical expenses apart from the surgery, accommodations while in Malaga, and ongoing costs once Ephriam returns home. Here is the breakdown: Medical Plane: 70,000 Medical fees: 20,000 Accommodations: 10,000 Ongoing costs: 5,000 (plus anything beyond goal) Total: 85,000 We would be so appreciate if you would take time to donate today. Even the littlest donation helps. Will you help donate today to save the life of a child?