Kenyan hospital assists children with HTCAZ help

Debby, a 3-year-old from Kenya, was born with a severe spinal deformity and neurologic defect. At about 9-months, Debby was found abandoned on the side of a road and placed in an orphanage in El Doret, Kenya.

Her caretakers were told that her very severe case of scoliosis and spinal cord defect would eventually cripple her if spine and neurosurgery was not performed.
That is when Healing the Children Arizona stepped in. Healing the Children Arizona was able to find American pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. Leland Albright, on staff at AIC Kijabe Hospital in Kijabe, Kenya, and enlisted his help.

Debby Picture 2Dr. Albright performed a very risky and delicate surgery on Debby’s spinal cord in January in an Kenyan hospital. Debby is recovering nicely, but she now requires implantation of a spinal rod that will allow her back to grow straight.

Since her treatment will take many years, the logistics of Debby making multiple visits to the U.S. every year for many years is not a viable option. Therefore, while Debby is recovering nicely from her neurosurgery in Kenya, Healing the Children Arizona and Children with Hope (a Colorado organization that supports the orphanage) is investigating other possibilities for Debby to receive care in Africa.

We hope that Debby will receive her much needed treatment soon, and that she will be well on her way to a healthier and brighter future in 2012.

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