Pleven medical fund UPDATE: How YOU have helped

June 22nd, 2012

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.

~Shelley Bedford



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7 Responses to “Pleven medical fund UPDATE: How YOU have helped”

  1. Amy Joss says:

    Praise God – that is an amazing list….it was a delight to see that many of the new listings on RR had received care from this fund.  Thank you for posting!

  2. CHRISTINE says:

    That’s wonderful news! I just donated more yesterday, and hope to continue to do so.

    (Just because I’m a space cadet and not all of my computers can see the chip-ins, maybe every couple weeks you could do a reminder post? Try to keep it in the front of people’s minds?)

    Thanks again Susanna!

  3. Kimberly says:

    Thank you Lord.  All glory to You!

  4. Amanda R. says:

    Thank you for the update.  As a parent of a young child who has undergone so many surgeries and procedures in her four years of  life, it breaks my heart to think of these little ones have had to endure on top of their horrible living conditions.  Praise God that the hands and feet could rise up and help get them some much needed medical attention.  Any updates on hiring the two nurses for the 6th floor?

  5. Leah says:

    Praise God!!!

  6. Holly F. says:

    Wonderful!!  I love the accountability also. 

  7. Susanna says:

    Amanda R, thank you for asking. One Heart Bulgaria is having a tough time finding nurses who are willing to work on the top floor of Pleven for the salary OHB offered. This can be a matter for prayer!

    I’m not sure what the final arrangement will be with the salaries, but the money in the fund WILL be used for nurses for the children on the top floor of Pleven!

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