EMERGENCY ALERT!

We were informed by our office in Cambodia about 6-year-old Channey’s critical leg condition. The child’s medical case was closed by the Cambodia hospitals as they could not find the solution for the child’s severe pain in her legs and certain that she would eventually become paralysed in a few years’ time.

This is an urgent appeal asking for your support to save 6-year-old Channey. Despite Hagar’s limited resources, we made a decision to fly the child and her mother to Singapore for specialist consultation last Sunday (2 September 2018).

When Channey was 1, she started developing pain in her legs and gradually, had difficulty moving and bending her ankles. A daily torturous routine, the child would wake up every night screaming because of the excruciating pain. Lacking the necessary expertise and medical technologies, the Cambodia hospitals are unable to treat her further – a similar kind of death sentence that once gripped her mother, Thyda when she discovered she was pregnant with Channey after being brutally raped at 16.

Since 3 September, Channey was seen by a team of specialists to investigate her spine and nerve, and infrequent urination conditions. Diagnosed with Spina Bifida, a congenital disorder, the scans showed that the child’s backbone had failed to join together at the bottom of her spine causing tethered cord and abnormal stretching of the spinal cord. If early intervention through surgery is not done, Channey will gradually lose the ability to walk and die at a young age.

Estimated medical costs (including pre and post-operation support) currently stand at $40,000. Even though such elevated medical treatment is outside of Hagar’s standard provision of care to our clients, there is no way to turn our backs because the value of Channey’s life is one that we can never put a price on. The hospital and attending specialists have been extremely supportive by waiving and subsidising as many treatment costs as possible.

The operation on 17 September 2018 was a success and now little Channey is in post-surgery recovery and rehabilitation. For the first week, the girl will have to lie flat on her back, and within the first month, she will have to minimise activities and cannot go to school as she will have to lie down as much as possible. It has been a struggle to pass urine and Mummy Thyda was in tears helping to encourage Channey. We were so thankful when she finally managed it. She was in high spirits yesterday even though there is pain in her lower back. The medical team is still monitoring her progress and we are all hopeful for significant improvement in her condition and her bladder functioning which the surgeon says will get better and improve over time.

Please support Channey by making a gift of $100, $200 or $500. Your gift will see her through the post-operation rehabilitation and give this young family encouragement to live on courageously.

Hagar pursues the highest degree of care and protection for each of its clients. To protect the identity of our clients, names have been changed and images do not necessarily represent the individual profiled.

Your donation will go towards funding Channey’s upcoming operation on 17 September 2018 and her post-operation support.

Thank you for giving this child a chance to live on.

Your donation will go towards funding Channey’s upcoming operation on 17 September 2018 and her post-operation support.

Thank you for giving this child a chance to live on.

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