Julie Kim's Medical Bills

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We need your help in raising $10,000 for Julie Kim, a Korean born girl living in Nicaragua. She is currently a 10th grader in Nicaragua Christian Academy International.  Her father is a self-employed man, so Julie and the family have not been able to have health insurance in Nicaragua. It wasn’t a problem until the past few days when her family started living their worst nightmare ever.
Please keep reading for her story.

On Wednesday, October 18, 2017, Julie started having a headache, which everyone thought that it was just  a simple cold. The headache continued on Thursday but she came down with a fever. By Friday, her fever was over 101 F and her headache got worse. By the afternoon, Julie had lost her sense of communication. She could only say “ani” ,which means no in Korean and “apa” which means dad. She also did not recognize her parents or even her closest friends; she became violent whenever anyone tried to help her and fell asleep randomly in between her screaming and hitting. As things got worse her parents decided to take her to the hospital, where she had to be tied down for the doctors to do any kind of exams on her. At the hospital Julie was admitted into ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and diagnosed with encephalitis. She has been there for 5 days and they are expecting her to be there atleast a week or more.


Encephalitis is a severe disease caused by either a bacteria or a virus which inflames the brain and could negatively affect her daily life causing the possibility of therapy in the future. As she remained in the hospital, she started to identify her surroundings, family and close friends as they visited her everyday. The only issue that still remained was her high fever. Julie took a turn for the worse yesterday and most of her progress regressed. She again wasn’t able to speak and didn’t recognize her surroundings or people. Because of this, she recently got transferred to another hospital in Nicaragua where she was given more medical attention and treatment.

Aside from the medical issues and family challenges, this family is struggling as it encounters the financial reality ahead of them:

Since they have no insurance that will help them pay the medical treatment, we will like to reach out to others for donation. Just the first night alone the hospital bill was $2,000. This second hospital is the most expensive in Nicaragua. So Any amount, big or small will be welcomed. As a unified world, we will like to start with you. Let’s work together to make a change for many others who are sick, starting with Julie.
We know the Kindness of God and our faith will make a tremendous impact on her life. We thank you infinitely for donating, every dollar will help. If you have been blessed, maybe you can help us bless Julie and her family with this burden.

Julie Kim really needs your help!!

Necesitamos su ayuda para recolectar $10,000 para Julie Kim y su familia, una adolescente  Coreana que vive en Nicaragua. Esta en 10mo grado en Nicaragua Christian Academy International. Su papá trabaja por cuenta propia, por esto, nadie de su familia cuenta con un seguro médico. Esto no fue un problema hasta hace un par de días cuando su familia comenzó a vivir una pesadilla.

Continúe leyendo para saber su historia.

El Miércoles, 18 de Octubre del 2017, Julie comenzó a tener un dolor de cabeza intenso, todos asumieron que era un síntoma de gripe. El dolor de cabeza continuo hasta el jueves, además de esto, le dio una fiebre de 101° F y poco a poco fue empeorando. Esa misma tarde, Julie perdió la habilidad para hablar. Lo unico que podia decir era “ani” que significa “no” en Coreano y “apa” que significa papá. En un momento, ella ya no podía reconocer a sus padres ni a sus amigos. Se puso violenta cuando la trataban de ayudar, y tambien se quedaba dormida en momentos inusuales. En ese momento, sus padres se preocuparon y decidieron llevarla al hospital Bautista. Desafortunadamente, tuvo que ser amarrada a la cama para que los doctores le pudiesen hacer exámenes ya que su comportamiento se volvió extremo. A esa hora, Julie fue admitida en la Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos en donde le diagnosticaron “Encefalitis”.

Encefalitis es una enfermedad viral que inflama el cerebro; puede afectar su vida diaria permanentemente a tal punto de tener que recibir terapia. Mientras estaba en el hospital, ella mejoró y logró identificar sus alrededores e incluso a su familia y amigos, su único problema era la fiebre intensa. Desgraciadamente, ayer en la noche, Julie tuvo una recaída y su salud empeoró. De nuevo perdió la habilidad para hablar y dejo de reconocer a las personas. Julie tuvo que ser transferida de emergencia a otro hospital donde se le está dando una atención médica superior y un mejor tratamiento.

Además de todos estos problemas médicos, su familia se está enfrentando a un gran cargo económico debido a todos los gastos del hospital al que acudió anteriormente. Como ellos no poseen el seguro médico, nos gustaría ayudarlos con pequeñas donaciones para alivianar el gasto. Aportando tu granito de arena, vas a poder ayudar a una familia que necesita de mucho apoyo. Trabajemos juntos para ayudar a las personas que más lo necesitan.

Sabemos que la bondad de Dios y la fe va a lograr un impacto tremendo en la vida de esta adolescente. Vamos a estar infinitamente agradecidos con tu aporte, cada centavo cuenta.

¡Ayudemos a Julie y a su familia con esta carga!

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