Elena is a sweet, precious 7 year old and of my older Sister Amanda's Daughters. Elena has been sick for the last year and a half since her family was PCS-ed to Colorado; a location with a high elevation and extremely dry climate. This was due to her Father being apart of the Military. Severe, persistent asthma has been a constant plague along with several atypical diseases that doctors have been unable to control. She, also, has extreme allergies due to environment they are living in which results in chronic hives and more difficulty breathing; despite the 9 medications she is on.
She cannot go outside due to the severity of her asthma and allergies... And, she cannot go to school due to the chronic illnesses that continue to effect her. Though efforts have been made to assist, her Lungs refuse to adapt to the extreme climate change for which the move has placed her in. Her Doctors have stated that she needs to be closer to Sea Level and in a climate with more humidity. We (Her physicians and the family), have been going back and forth with the military to get approval for a post-relocation... However, her time is up.
Elena now needs multiple procedures done in which she cannot have. She has developed GI issues and has been in/out of the hospital. She needs procedures done to further diagnose these new problems, but her lungs are not stable enough for her to go under anesthesia. She needs surgery on her teeth, due to the large amount of medication for her asthma causing significant damage. And, she is in constant pain. The doctors cannot clear her, though, due to high risk of respiratory distress it presents.
Her Doctor are saying she is at risk of developing a life threatening condition called Tachyphylaxis: in which her rescue meds will simply cease working due to how much she has already had to use them. She and our whole family are out of time and options in the matter. My sister and her Husband have decided to separate the family until her husband would be granted permission to join them. She and their 4 children are coming back home to Florida so Elena can get medical care without fear of dying from a simple procedure because her lungs don’t function properly where they are. They'll only be leaving with what clothes they can fit in the car to get little Lanie over here.
As they are not being assisted by the Military or anyone else, though, they will need finances to travel from where there down here. Elena's needs (along with the rest of the family's) has exhausted them of the money necessary to leave, though... Elena needs your help to get her and her family down here so that she might survive. Anything given would be an HUGE help! Even if it's just a "Share".
Please! On behalf of our family, I ask you all to look inside of your hearts and please offer your aid to her. A child shouldn't have live their life in and out of the hospital; slowly dying because their body can't adapt. Could you please help us to help her?
- Susan Lank
- Kinsley Arrington
- Charles Tillett