Healing 3 year old Jazmin

3 year old Jazmin sustained serious injuries to her head and lost a a portion of her index finger in a motor accident in the Philippines.  Her situation became known to us because her younger sister Jillian just received life sustaining heart surgery at St. Joseph's Hopsital in Paterson through the Gift of Life Program in Rotary District 7490.  Their mother, Ashley, is in New Jersey with Jillian, but a big part of her heart remains in the Philippines with her injured daughter.

Ashley is doing everything she can to raise the funds herself.  While in the United States, with the help of the Klingen family (who is hosting her through the Gift of Life program) she was able to raise over $1000 providing massage therapy with equipment purchased by the Klingen family.   She even stood ready to sell household appliances in the Philippines to help raise funds (we discouraged her to do so).

The purpose of Jasmin's GoFundMe campaign is to raise some funds to pay for some much needed plastic surgery on Jazmin's head and finger.   Depending upon the amountu of funds raised, we hope to get the cooperation of a medical professionals in the United States.  If that cannot be accomplished the funds will instead be used for necessary medical services in the Philippines.

Below is the translated story told by Jazmin's mother, Ashley:

"It was a beautiful day in September 2017 when a wonderful news arrived at home. After a long wait, my visa was approved and my 3 year old daughter, Jillian, was accepted by the Rotary's Gift of Life Program for open heart surgery.

At that time we were selling candles on the occasion of All Saints Day, in order to earn some money to buy our plane tickets for New Jersey.  And then one day a heartbreaking event happened to my family.   It was October 28, 2017, the last day of the sale of the charity candles. We were already on our way back home when we had a very serious motor accident. It was me, my husband and our just 3 years old daughter, Jazmin. Just thinking about that tragic event I still get goosebumps from fear, from anguish and pain. They took us to the hospital with code red, in fact they immediately took us to the emergency room, since my daughter’s condition was very critical. She had a traumatic brain injury. Moreover, the doctors had to amputate part of her index finger as the finger was crushed in the accident. It was really hard and painful and my heart was broken by seeing my child in that condition. I wished I could trade places with her.  October 29th, that day supposed to be a happy and joyful day since it was her 3rd birthday, but it was anything but a joyous day, because she was in the operating room. I could see all the suffering and pain she felt at that moment in her little eyes.

As for me and my husband, we had bruises and scratches all over our body, nothing compared to our daughter. The money we managed to put aside by selling candles and some Filipino sweets and delicacies, which we would have had to spend on airline tickets, was spent on the hospital bill. For now, my daughter Jazmin needs a plastic surgery on her forehead and her finger needs to be straightened, as it is crooked and can not bend it. My family and I are asking for help to heal my daughter, so that when she grows up she does not feel uncomfortable and she’s not ashamed of herself, or not feel discredited.
But despite everything, I still feel blessed because it could have been worse and I know God is good and he will always be by our side."


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