*Cassia is now living at Anchor Home Gold, so she can receive more closely-monitored care. Please continue to give in any way you can, by supporting her financially or keeping her in your thoughts and prayers, as well as sharing this need.
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*Cassia, who lives at Faith Home at SCH, has recently been hospitalized in critical condition due to urgent health concerns, including a high fever and fluid on the lungs. Faith Home is located in Ongole, where they did not have enough experience at local hospitals to treat such a medically complex child as *Cassia, so she was taken to Hyderabad, where the technology is more advanced and the medical knowledge more vast. *Cassia has cerebral palsy, accompanying seizures, and some other complex medical needs.
SCH is trying to raise funds to cover the cost of *Cassia’s hospital stay, which has already proven to be quite high in cost. The monthly funds alotted to the Ongole Homes has been completely depleted due to *Cassia’s illness. SCH will take care of *Cassia to the best of their ability, but to do so costs money they simply don’t have. As such, they have started a fundraising campaign for the purpose of covering the additional costs of *Cassia’s hospital treatment. FULLY FUNDED!
SCH is the only home *Cassia has ever known, and she has lived there practically since SCH began. They are very eager to have these additional medical costs covered, in case any more emergencies may arise with any of the children or young adults this month. Ongole is underfunded to begin with, so surprise hospitalizations like these have the potential to wipe out the monthly medical funds SCH may have saved.
To help replenish the depleted medical fund, you can give a one-time donation, or pledge to donate monthly, here. The medical sponsorship fund is perfect for groups of individuals or businesses who would like to pool their money in order to sponsor monthly. Additional ways to help SCH financially are also included at the end of this article.
As such, another way to help SCH in the long-term is to become a monthly child sponsor. This helps to ensure that even if a medical emergency happens, all the kids’ basic needs will be covered, and the funds in the general donation fund can go to emergency situations like these. However, when the kids aren’t fully sponsored, it is hard to keep money in the medical fund.
From SCH’s Facebook page:
“This sweet 8-year-old [*Cassia] has been having seizures and difficulty breathing due to fluid in her lungs. Some of the fluid has been drained from her lungs and since some of the pressure has been relieved, her breathing is much better. However, her seizures are proving difficult to control. She also has a severe infection which has brought about complications that will be difficult to deal with. She requires a blood transfusion, but is not a candidate for one at this time. *Cassia also needs a procedure done in the OR, but we cannot proceed until she has a blood transfusion.”
Colleen, a current foster mom at SCH (at Anchor), additionally had this to say about the situation:
“*Cassia has been admitted to the hospital since early Saturday morning, due to a severe infection. She’s been in the care of SCH since she was a baby, and has been living in Ongole at one of our homes. She had a rough weekend, and on Sunday, we were worried that she wouldn’t make it. But today, she smiled! In the midst of so much pain in the world right now, it’s easy to get bogged down. There are natural disasters wiping out our friend’s homes and livelihoods. There are people being shot at while they are enjoying a concert or even just doing their job. There is pain and darkness, but today, in the smile of a sick child, I saw a glimmer of joy, and that’s what I will choose to hold onto today.
*Cassia’s medical bills are already over $2,000. She was turned away from 3 hospitals before we brought her up to Hyderabad to receive the best possible care. Our kids don’t have insurance and are so complex that very few hospitals can manage their care well. *Cassia’s hospital stay has already depleted our medical funds for the month and she still has a long road to recovery. I know I ask again and again for money but these kids lives are so worth the cost. Our kids with CP are less likely to be adopted and for many of them we are the only family they know.
Please continue to keep *Cassia in your prayers as she fights and recovers. She’s doing better, but still has a long road ahead of her.”
You can sponsor any child who needs additional funding at SCH by using the resources found here. Use these resources to get involved in other ways, such as becoming an advocate or volunteering. You can also become an educational sponsor and donate toward a specific on-site school. Learn about other ways to give charitably to SCH here, and check back often for additional opportunities.
*A note about names: SCH uses online nicknames for the children in order to protect their identity, per Indian governmental guidelines which state that children in care may not have identifying photos of them on the internet, as well as no identifying information such as birth name, place of origin, etc.