Usually I wouldn’t use my blog this way, but this is really hard hitting for me. Seleny is a little girl (third from the left) in Belize that had a tumor behind her eye. Her father Armando only makes $35 American a day, and they had already paid for 3 MRIs which cost $500 each and they couldn’t afford a treatment at the time. We were working out a plan to get Seleny to the US for surgery, but a couple of days before our group left for home her mother, Beatrice, showed up at the village we were in looking for us. She said that in the middle of the night Seleny had gotten a headache and while her father was on his bike looking for the taxi to take her to the hospital the tumor forced the eye from its socket.
From there it was a 7 hour ride in a taxi to Guatemala to the nearest hospital that would take her in, followed by a 16 hour surgery. The tumor was removed and the eye was saved, and some how our group had enough money ($750) to pay for the surgery and to help with travel and the six kids left back home in Belize (the 14 year old taking care of them).
Meanwhile, another lady, Judith, and her daughter Araleth were being abused by Judith’s husband. Beatrice had helped as a translator for us with Judith earlier, and while Beatrice was home with her other children Judith showed up beaten with Araleth with a broken foot. Her husband took her away and left Araleth with Beatrice. No one has heard from Judith since.
Now we’ve received word that Seleny has a brain tumor that may be cancer. She’s going through chemo and she’ll also have to have brain surgery to remove the tumor. We’re sending the family whatever we can, as Armando hasn’t even been working lately, but there’s a call for more help. I don’t know what’s going to end up happening to Araleth, or if Judith will ever be found. But now Seleny, Beatrice, Armando, their six other kids plus Araleth need money just to get them through the day.
If you would like to help or just want to know more, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and use the subject line Seleny. Every little bit will help this family. Thanks for taking the time to listen to Seleny’s story!