Where Are They Now?
Occasionally it’s good to look back to see how the children we’ve operated on are doing today. Here are just two stories!
Ruth was born in November 2011 as the second child in her family. Her Mom’s name is Lena.
When Ruth was born she had hydrocephalus, a neurological condition that caused her head to grow larger than normal. Left untreated, infant hydrocephalus can lead to brain damage, development issues, blindness and even death. Most children require surgery and the most common treatment is the insertion of a shunt to drain fluid away from the brain.
Fortunately Ruth’s Mom came in contact with BethanyKids and Ruth was operated on in November 2012. Now more than 4 years old, Ruth is proudly attending pre-school!
Sally gave birth to Karen in September 2004. She is the second child in a family of four children.
Karen came to BethanyKids because of spina bifida. This occurs when the bones of the spine (vertebrae) don’t form properly around part of the baby’s spinal cord. Infants born with spina bifida may have an open lesion where significant damage to the spinal cord occurs. Although the opening can be surgically repaired shortly after birth, any nerve damage is permanent.
A BethanyKids surgeon successfully operated on Karen in January 2005 when she was just 5 months old. As an almost 12 year old, Karen is now in Grade 4.
Karen, age 11
You see, your support of BethanyKids IS making a difference in the lives of children like Ruth and Karen, giving them a chance to attend school, find acceptance among their peers, and live joyful and productive lives.