Yameli Featured on Fox 8 News
October 06, 2016
BENEFITING: INTERNATIONAL SURGICAL FOUNDATION
Overview: Funds are urgently needed to provide medical transportation for 13-year old Yasmeli Guzman from the Dominican Republic to HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea in Arizona for LIFE-SAVING surgery. We are requesting your help on a humanitarian emergency basis to help save Yasmeli’s life. Without the help of a modern facility, she will likely die from meningitis or a brain herniation due to an uncommon and yet normally correctable complications of spinal surgery. We urgently need to get Yasmeli to the United States via Medical Air Transport.
Background: In 2010, we met a beautiful child by the name of Yasmeli who fueled our commitment to create International Surgical Foundation. She at the time was 7 years old and too young to have a definitive scoliosis surgery for her 69-degree curve. By 10 years of age in 2013, her curve had increased to 103 degrees. Multiple attempts were made to bring her to the United States in 2013 and 2015 but we were unable to find a hospital that would accept her on a humanitarian basis. By 2015, her curve had progressed to 129 degrees and her pulmonary function had declined. It was clear that waiting was no longer an option and that her progressive juvenile onset scoliosis would ultimately limit her function and shorten her life.
On September 2nd, 2016, we moved forward with surgery at a government run public hospital in the Santo Domingo, the only facility that was available at the time. We were unaware of the issues that would befall us at a facility that receives almost all of the trauma patients for the region yet suffered with restricted resources to maintain basic infection control protocols, consistent imaging capabilities, and dedicated nursing care.
On the 4th day after surgery, Yasmeli developed a persistent cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) leak. She was promptly returned to surgery after which she did well for only a short period of time, but would again leak CSF and was eventually diagnosed with a hospital acquired infection and CSF leak. The ISF team spent days prior to each surgery trying to obtain a CT-myelogram which would identify the source of the leak quickly but it is not available at any of the hospitals in Santo Domingo.
While on a 2-week bed rest protocol, five days after the second attempt to repair the CSF leak under suboptimal conditions, she developed another CSF leak on Friday September 23rd. Yasmeli’s life is now threatened, she is at risk of dying if the leak is not repaired. At the U.S. facility, her problem can be quickly corrected and will afford her a shorted hospitalization and an improved survival prospect.
What You Can Do: We are in urgent need of donations toward the cost of the surgery, medical tests, and medical transportation to Arizona. We have surgeons and the surgical team that originally treated Yasmeli waiting in Arizona to save Yasmeli's life.
- Surgery - $50,000
- Medical Air Transport - $35,000
- Ambulance Transportation, Housing and Food in Arizona - $7,500
- 2 Weeks of Rehabilitation - $6,900