“I am desperate to get treated because of my children,” shares Shiela, a single mother of three from the Philippines.
Two years ago, Shiela was hit by a tree that fell through her house during a storm. She was rushed to the hospital to undergo emergency surgery. Since then, she has undergone several more operations to address various injuries she sustained in the accident. However, her right leg still has still not healed properly, and she must use a crutch to walk.
Shiela’s walking issues pose a major problem for the family. She has not been able to keep a job, and her family’s sole earnings now come from the herbal medicine that she sells informally. Because of their low income, Shiela and her children are presently living with her older brother.
This can change if Shiela receives the proper surgery. Our medical partner’s physicians have concluded that her fractured tibia can be fully repaired with an open reduction internal fixation procedure. On February 21, doctors will surgically realign the broken parts of Shiela’s leg bone and secure it in place using an internal nail. This will ensure that her leg heals properly.
We can sponsor this procedure, as well as the three-day hospital stay and medications Shiela will need to recover safely, for $1,500.
Shiela is looking forward to walking again without pain or limping.
“This will really help us and change my life and the future of my children,” Shiela says. “Thank you so much in advance.”