Team 5 was successful in finding Tatiana with the assistance of the Peru Navy and Camino De Vida. Now we need your help to raise the money to bring her to the USA where it will be possible to complete the second surgery to make it more functional and remove some of the scarring.
We have already begun the paperwork with the Embassy and the surgery itself has been donated by Dr. Keith Rose, MD and his center. The funding is for the transportation, housing and food for her and her parents.
Team 5, a Veteran 501c3 Non-Profit Medical Foundation deployed this past year to the Peruvian Amazon River near Pucallpa to run medical/dental clinics and perform plastic surgery on cleft lips and pallets when we came across and amazing 7 year old, Tatiana. Tatiana has a "Transverse Cleft Pallet" and has lived with this since birth.
The birth defect has impacted her life amongst her tribe where she was not accepted and also has no friends and did not go to school because of the embarrassment.
Tatiana heard from the AM radio in her village that a medical team was deployed to the Amazon Hospital to do cleft surgeries, which was a 4 hour dangerous boat ride up the Amazon River where Narco/Human Trafficking is prominent. Having zero funds for a seat on the water taxi, Tatiana plead with her mother to help raise the equivalent to $5.00 US. The village pulled together and got a seat for her and her mother.
Dr. Keith Rose and Founder Eric Linder were doing pre-op on the 13 children already chose from the Peruvian Navy, who are partners with Team 5 when Tatiana approached them with the hospital medical director.
Tatiana had been denied by other doctors several times and when Dr. Rose saw the transverse, he called colleagues back in the sates. After deciding to to the reconstructive surgery, the team spent 7 hours in the operating room reconstructing her left side including creating an ear from her already existing cartilage.
When Tatiana was in recovery and saw her face in a mirror, she asked the nurses if she could get books because she wants to go to school for the first time.
When we showed her mother the pictures of Tatiana after the surgery, she swore we changed her child for another and it couldn’t be her. It took over 5 minutes to actually assure her, it was her Tatiana.
After Team 5 returned home, the Navy took care of all of her post-op and then put her on a boat back to the village. Tatiana needs to have a second operation and also work done by oral surgeons for her teeth that were damaged from all the years of not having saliva to protect them.
Here is the problem, Tatiana is not in the village where she registered and Team 5 needs to deploy for a recon and find her, establish her post op healing and work with the Embassy on a medical VISA to USA.
Please help us in "Finding Tatiana"... We are looking to deploy within the next weeks and need assistance in the costs. We are hoping to reach $10,000.
Please look at the video, it explains who she is.. and what Team 5 does. www.team-5.org
- Ariel Akins
- Ariel Akins
- Jahmila Moller
- Monique Zehner Randy Dusenbury
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