This is an update about the condition of a little girl whom we are taking care at the Malnutrition center. Her name is Lenie, 1 year old and 3 months of age living at Baseco Manila, who was admitted at Scandinavian Children’s Mission last February of this year for nutritional rehabilitation. As her mother relayed to us, Lenie was born normally, but suddenly at 4 ½ months old, the condition of her health already change, she began to lose weight and same thing her eyes start to have a rotatory movement (nystagmus). During her stay at the ward we have noticed that she don’t have an appetite to eat as well as to drink milk, but instead she prefer to sleep. For 4 months of stay at the ward, still nothing change and her weight did not increase so the attending physician who look after the kids decided to bring Lenie at the Neuro specialist. Last June, my co-worker brought her at Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) with her parents, to consult a child neurologist. The doctor requested to do a diagnostic examination which is Cranial Ultrasound. The procedure was set to be done on my duty, so I was the one who brought again Lenie at the hospital together with her parents. I got a hint that there’s something wrong by the moment the ultrasound is doing by an Ultrasonologist through her facial expression. After the procedure, we stayed at the lobby and wait for the doctor who’s going to relayed for us the initial result. When the doctor came in, she starts reading the picture of the said ultrasound and afterwards she talked with the parents. I feel so sad when I heard that the little girl had a Suprasellar Mass (Brain Tumor), she discussed to the parents that the condition is congenital and they don’t have a fault why this things happened to their child. The next day we went back to the hospital to consult the Neurologist who requested the ultrasound. I gave him the initial reading together with the picture of the ultrasound done, and as he browses all over the picture he told us that the tumor is already big and he can’t tell if surgery is still possible so MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is needed to see the extent of the tumor. The doctor knows that this child is under the care of the mission so he gave a referral to seek some help to lessen the cost of the MRI. As of now, the parents are still working on some papers and hoping by next week we can bring Lenie for MRI.
My dear friends, please continue to uphold Lenie in your prayers together with her parents. May the peace and comfort that comes from the Lord be with them in this time of hardship. Your prayer is a big help for the family. If anyone of you who would like to extend your hand to help this little child, you can contact Scandinavian Children’s Mission at www.childrensmission.ph. Let us join our hands in prayer for this little girl.