Sunday, November 6, 2011

So of course we said yes...

As previously mentioned, we have a program at the National Pediatric Hospital in Hanoi where we fund medical expenses for seriously ill children. 

Here’s how it works; 

  • The hospital notifies us of a family living in poverty. 
  • We go to the hospital and interview the family. 
  • We agree to assist the family with funding medical care for their child. 
  • Each time the family visits the hospital an ACCV staff member updates their profile. 
  • We then try to find a sponsor to help support the ongoing medical costs for the child. 
Sponsorship doesn’t cost a lot of money, thirty dollars per month will cover the cost of insulin, hospital visits, even food and transport costs when a family is really struggling. It’s enough to keep a child healthy, and alive.
The process is supposed to be fairly straightforward. But like all well laid plans…..

There are always unforeseen situations and expenses. It’s difficult to stick to a budget when you’re dealing with real children, facing very real consequences.

Our office manager Mai was enjoying her weekend when she received a frantic call from the young father of a baby girl we have recently agreed to sponsor. Huyen is just seven months old. She has been diagnosed with diabetes. 

On Sunday her parents made the long trip to the hospital because the baby was so unwell. It turns out that she is gravely ill. She needs immediate hospitalisation and hemodialysis. Her little kidneys are in serious trouble.

Her distraught father has been running around borrowing money from relatives, friends and any other avenue he could find so that he can pay for her treatment. But he has fallen far short of the amount that is needed for his baby.

Less than one thousand dollars.

In desperation, he phoned Mai and asked if ACCV will help the family to pay for the baby’s emergency hospital care.

Of course we said yes…. with fingers crossed for little Huyens recovery.

Kind regards 
Alison & Rose

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