A few months ago Dr. Isaac and the volunteers were out visiting homes when they came across a little girl named Miracle. Miracle is 6 years old and when our team found her she had been kept indoors for much of her life due to the stigma attached with her being born with disabilities. Miracle was born with Spina Bifida, which she had had surgery for when she was younger. She also has hydrocephalus which which is a buildup of fluid inside the skull that leads to brain swelling. Due to these conditions, Miracle has not been able to go to school, interact with other children or experience any form of a normal childhood. She doesn’t have the use of her legs, thus is unable to walk or move around much.
Recently Dr. Isaac and Sharon delivered a wheelchair to Miracle. The team has been working with her to create an environment in her home that enables her to begin to live as a normal 6 year old girl. They built her a table that supports her so that she can practice writing with a pencil or eat her meals. They built her a chair to use as a specialized latrine. And not long ago they delivered a wheelchair- one that they had built to allow Miracle to be moved easily in and out of her home as well as- hopefully, eventually- to school. The joy- the pure and utter happiness that shines on this little girl’s face in that new chair- it is unmistakable. The local children surrounded her and were so excited to take turns pushing her around and get to know her. I can only imagine what this would feel like to a little girl who probably felt very alone for most of her life. This is a little girl who, were she born here, would be fully integrated into society, and taking part in things that every other child does. But with stigmas and lack of medical care and therapy, children like Miracle are often kept aside, hidden and forgotten about. Thankfully our team met her and are now able to completely change the trajectory of her story. This is what we can do when we work together. YOU can make a difference and change the life of a child and who knows what amazing things that child may do- because of YOU.