Wednesday, March 9, 2011
This is a totally out of the blue request... I hope I can tell this story as briefly as possible yet convey the great need for prayer, good vibes, juju from the Universe but also potential a shout out for sponsorship for a little orphan boy in Kyrgyzstan who is now in a hospital in Bishkek. I hate asking for donations I have never been good at campaigning. And I hope I did not get in over my head. So I am looking to you guys to help spread the word... Maybe someone has ideas of fundraising for this story.
But on to my story.... Several here already know this story so this will be a recap for them. For the rest of you bare with me as I recap two years.
In April and May of 2009 I spent two weeks with John seeing all the aide he, his group and another NGO in Kyrgyzstan provide. I spent a few days in meetings for our 65 kids but for the most part this trip was Humanitarian Aide. During the trip we met with a woman whom I had met on my second trip to Kg. She along with her team leader took John and I and a friend to a specialized orphanage. We were the first "outsiders" allowed in this orphanage since the Hilary Clinton debacle which caused much stress to orphanages around Kg.
In one particular section of the orphanage we were met by a little boy at the door. This we found out was Aidar.. Aidar immediately took me by the hand. Which was my first clue that something was wrong! Aidar's hands were as cold as ice. When I looked down his hands and fingers were purple! And his fingers and nails were clubbed ( medical term which is a definitive diagnosis for a person who lives not getting enough oxygen to their extremities). Aidar spent the next hour holding me by the hand and showing me his classroom. He sat in my lap and hugged me. I knew he needed help. And he stole my heart. Once back home I asked to get more information about Aidar. I sent some funds to cover expenses to drive to his orphanage. Betty (who has been the main advocate in Bishkek for Aidar) met with the director of his orphanage. The director at that time basically said sorry there is nothing that can be done for him and we have no plans on allowing you to have access to his medical records. So the case was closed. I was here and Betty was leaving. Nothing we could do........
But then December came. And I received emails from Betty who is now back in Bishkek. She went to an orphanage 7 hours outside of Bishkek. And in those photos were pictures of Aidar. Sometime in the last two years Aidar was moved. The door was again open to advocate for Aidar. Betty met with the new director. He was much more open to allowing Aidar to receive care. His records were copied last month and sent to us here in the states. Several of us here in the U.S.( I will let those folks name themselves if they want to be named) reviewed his medical records and determined he needed further testing before we could figure out the next plan of care.
Well the next step has happened very quickly. We were anticipating getting an ECHO of Aidar's heart. Aidar returning to his orphanage and waiting for input from doctors here in the U.S. to review the results. What we have been met with is a little boy in heart failure. Aidar is now 9. He is the size of a 5 year old and his hands are now purple to his wrists. It may be too late to save Aidar. We do not know yet. Surgery may in fact be too much for his heart to handle. But I do not think that the cardiologists expected to be met by a little boy in such severe medical distress. Betty said he was completely out of breath when he climbed the stairs to her apartment and it took him a long time to recover. Aidar has been admitted to the hospital in Bishkek. I have very limited information tonight. But i have been told that Aidar needs immediate surgery. Which I am not sure if he will get in Bishkek or will need to come abroad. Surgery in Bishkek is very very risky. I along with the other moms here in the U.S. believe surgery in Bishkek is not the best answer but unfortunately we are not there. We can only advise from 7000 miles away.
So I leave this story with a request for prayers, juju, good thoughts to be sent to Aidar. A little orphan boy who has touched my heart and many others this last two years. I do hope we have done the right thing by bringing him to Bishkek. And as much as I hate to ask.... Along with prayers if anyone is interested in helping financially. We can either send money through John at Act of Kindness and make sure to write "for Aidar" in the comments section. Or we can send support through YWAM. If anyone wants to send support through YWAM (Youth With A Mission) I can get that address to anyone who wants just let me know.
I will leave you with a photo of sweet Aidar. taken several years ago.