Recently, HALO posted a Facebook request for prayers and support for Mary. Mary was born during the Liberian civil war and was prone to seizures in her infancy, likely caused by a traumatic delivery. This condition is common in children born during the war, regularly resulting in lifelong epilepsy.
|HALO Ambassador Courtney Van Hoozer and Mary|
When Mary first arrived at CCH, it was not disclosed that she was prone to seizures as an infant, but Neyor and Fungbeh soon learned of her epilepsy when she began experiencing seizures, the most recent of which lasted for nearly fifteen minutes. A six hour commute to a doctor and a $500 (USD) CAT scan later, Mary's doctors determined that her condition is epilepsy, but they did not find any additional, more serious conditions. She was prescribed a stronger medicine than what she was previously taking and was reported in good health by Fungbeh and Neyor this week. Neyor's nursing background and charitable donations saved Mary from other "healing" treatments in rural Liberia. Several reports show that some Liberians still view seizures as possession by spirits. Some traditional healers treat seizures with unconventional approaches by our standards, including blood bathing and homemade medicine. These treatments are largely ineffective. A considerable number of rural Liberians believe epilepsy to be contagious by physical contact, and many epileptic residents are avoided by their community due to fear of contraction of the disease. In a portion of the country lacking education on neurological conditions, Mary's quality of life and probably even her life itself has been saved by her parents, with the support of charitable organizations, including HALO.
|Moses and Lorenzo this past May|
Moses has had difficulty hearing since he came to CCH. He regularly experienced ear infections, the cause of which was previously unknown. Earlier this year, it was discovered that his ear drums had been completely destroyed by years of severe and continuous infection. There is no way of knowing exactly when Moses lost his hearing, but he is still able to verbally communicate and graduated into the 5th grade during the last HALO team visit. HALO Ambassadors Kelly and Lorenzo became Moses's Pen Pals a few years ago, and were finally able to meet him during their visit in May. Upon returning to the United States and learning of Moses's condition, Kelly sprung into
|Lorenzo and Kelly|
action, finding a surgeon in California who graciously donated all-expense-covered surgery to repair Moses's eardrums and restore his hearing. Currently, we are working to complete the necessary paperwork and raise funds to fly Moses to California for this surgery which we hope will be completed by next year.
These are only two of many stories of restored health and hope as a result of children coming to CCH. We are so grateful for our continued support, and hope that these situations serve as an example of the tangible difference made by charitable donations.
"Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
-Robert F. Kennedy
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