Here are a few pictures of sweet Deanna from when we first met. Most of us volunteers call her Dede.
Fairly soon after my last post about Deanna and her need to travel to the USA for an eye procedure, we found out that unfortunately, the doctor in Florida decided to bail from the case. It is still unknown exactly why the doctor did so, but it was of course a huge blow to all of us, the least of which was Jill, Deanna's mother. And so began a process of trying to find an alternative method to fixing the problem.
We were in the beginning stages of seeking out a second doctor when low and behold, an SO's mother who just HAPPENS to be a pediatric opthamologist and just HAPPENED to be coming to Grenada during the first week of February stepped forward to help. She looked at pictures of Deanna and thought from pictures that what Deanna really needed was a prosthetic eye. A mold would need to be done and taken to the US where an ocularist could then create a prosthetic eye to match that of Deanna's other eye.
Everything kind of fell into place and I know that it was definitely a God thing.
So in February, I took Dede and Jill to the clinic at SGU where a magnificent doctor and her trusty sidekick optometrist turned medical student John helped make a mold of Deanna's eye. It wasn't a particularly fun experience. At 1 and a half years old, Dede wasn't exactly thrilled to have people shoving putty into her eye, but she did really well all things considered.
|Me, Jill, Dede, Dr. C, and John (The Grenada Team)|
This past week, we finally received the new prosthesis. We arranged to meet at the clinic again and poor Dede already knew what was coming. The moment we walked into the clinic she immediately covered her eye and started crying. I didn't take any pictures at the clinic because she was so upset and we needed all the help we could get to hold her down to put in the prosthetic. It wasn't easy, but we finally did it.
Yesterday at Limes marked the culmination of a long but very fufilling process. Deanna came out to Limes yesterday and though there is a little swelling from the insertion process, I think it would be very hard to tell that this little girl's eye is not real if you didn't already know otherwise. Yes, something looks a little off. It won't ever be perfect. But I know that her life has been forever changed. Her mom can send her to school without worrying so much that she will be teased and she is now at a much lower risk for infection. I love that I was blessed with the opportunity to be a little part of this process and I love that I get to spend afternoons every week with this child and all the other precious Limes children.
To everyone that donated money to this cause, most of the money was used to pay the ocularist for the prosthetic eye in Louisiana. Custom made prosthetics are pricey! And actually, we paid for two! Deanna's cousin Kylie has the same exact problem. And we were able to help her as well. So I just want to say thank you. We couldn't have made this happen without all of your support.
|Me, Kylie, and mom Cindy. Can you tell which one is the prosthetic?|