Re-posted with permission from the blog of Shelley Bedford:
So many people generously gave to the Pleven Medical Fund. As promised, here is the first update on how that money has been spent to address the medical needs of the children at Pleven. These totals are related to expenses covered from March-May 2012.
14,188 leva (approximately $9,110) has been paid to cover medical expenses for 22 children. Some of those children have had multiple procedures and hospitalizations. This total reflects only the expenses not covered by the children’s Bulgarian health care.
The children that have received care through the end of May range in age from 1-15 years old. Most of them suffered from “severe protein-caloric malnutrition” and required specialized feeding. Once they are released from the hospital, a specific diet (what to feed the child, number of time to be fed per day, amount to be fed, etc) is provided for the child and should be implemented at the orphanage.
One child received lens implants due to cataracts. Another child received treatment in the eye clinic related to his cataracts as well. Three children received treatment for kidney problems including one that received specialized treatment from a urologist. Two boys, ages 10 and 15, had their ectopic testicles repaired by a urologist. Several children had GI related issues involving digestive problems and/or reflux. Three children had orthopedic splits paid for and another child had an orthopedic casting procedure. Tests were completed on children with microcephalus and Down syndrome. Six specialized tests related to genetics and metabolism were completed on 4 children in order to determine an accurate medical diagnosis for each of the children.
More children have been seen in June and I will update again as the next set of invoices are paid from the medical fund. So many children are benefiting from the generosity of all who have continued to give to this medical fund. It is our hope and prayer that the money will be there to meet every single need of every single child in the orphanage.