Marckline is 15 years old, 29” tall, cannot stand or walk. She has met every mental and physical challenge head on. She is enrolled in school and excels in her academics. Her teacher states, “If all assignments were completed orally she would be at the top of her class”. She can manage a computer but lacks the dexterity and arm extension for ease of accessibility resulting in execution limitations. She is relatively fluent in English due in part to her dedicated in home study schedule. Her IQ has not been evaluated due to her physical limitations. Adaptive testing tools are not available in Haiti.
Marckline was born with Osteogenesis Imperfectae (OI) “brittle bone disease”. Her bones break very easily and must heal on their own. She remains in this fragile state. She has never received any treatment for OI, which sadly, is not available in Haiti. She is placed in a jogging stroller at the beginning of each day to assure her safety and protection. Only 3 designated people who are trained in handling her can care for her. Her bones are so fragile they are very easily broken. Even the trained staff must be extra careful when handling her to avoid breaking her bones
She faces all of her challenges with tremendous courage and determination. Despite her physical limitations she strives to be as independent as possible and fully engaged in all activities.
She has a very charismatic personality. She is a people magnet. She loves to help others. Marckline loves to dance from the waist up of course. Singing solos in church is another favorite! She aspires to be a teacher. Marckline loves to make jewelry and sell it to help out the family.
Presently, she is studying an English/Creole medical dictionary at home in the hopes of working as a translator after school, weekends, and in the summer, for visiting medical teams at LCM Medical Clinic. She wants to help support her family. She also belongs to the Chess Club at school. This also affords her the opportunity to “hang out” with other teenagers and provides that mental challenge that she thrives on. Marckline loves to make jewelry in her spare time and sells it to help her family.
Through Skype, Marckline communicated with students attending a private elementary school in Alaska. The students raised money, bought her 2 goats in 2010 with offspring still providing milk for a very grateful family.
While in the U.S. for treatment she would like to be a Goodwill Ambassador for school children so that she can give back.
Marckline needs a passport, medical/humanitarian Visa to the US. She will need help with all costs for her personalized care, legal fees/documents, applications, flights, transportation to medical visits, adaptive equipment for her safety.
- Deborah Lachance
- T M
- Sharon Nickerson
- Tina Vandersaul
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