When we learned about the terrible earthquakes that struck Turkey earlier this year, our hearts went out to the families affected — especially the children.
Now, we’re putting our love for these kids into action. Several children will be traveling to the United States to receive critical care for their severe injuries at Shriners Children’s™ hospitals.
It’s exciting to welcome these children into our patient family, but we know getting them here is just the first step.
These kids have experienced very sudden and significant losses — of their homes, loved ones and even their limbs. They will need our love and care to recover.
One patient, 16-year-old Deniz, lost her father, brother and both legs in the earthquake. Here is how a family friend describes her situation:
Our beautiful, 16-year-old Deniz, who was rescued from the rubble, has always been a good student and the joy of her class. She lost her father and brother in the Turkey earthquake.
She and her mother were pulled out of the rubble after 52 hours. Both were taken directly to intensive care. Her mother’s condition is relatively better but, unfortunately, Deniz had both legs amputated above the knee.
Deniz is now our symbol for strength. For a young girl who lost her father, brother and legs, she stands so strong, giving us morale when she should be giving it to herself.
Deniz will need a lot of support after she wins this battle for life. Even though we will do our best, at some point we will not be enough.
Prosthetic legs and psychological support expenses are far beyond us. Deniz will need prosthetic legs to walk and, as we learned, they cost a lot of money.
Please give Deniz hope so she can walk again. If you can, you will be her angel for the rest of her life. And we’ll all be grateful to Shriners Hospitals for Children.
John McCabe, executive vice president of the Shriners Children’s health care system, explains why our support in this situation is critical.
“Due to the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, and the subsequent aftershocks, the medical infrastructure in these two countries is understandably challenged.
“We are uniquely positioned to help these children because our physicians, nurses and therapists have extensive experience in providing care for children who suffer life-threatening injuries, including from natural disaster or other urgent situations.”
Donors’ generous support touches the lives of children and families and provides specialized pediatric care at 17 international outreach locations. Together, we’ve treated children from more than 146 countries. And we’re always looking for opportunities to show our compassion as Americans once again.
In this case, we know these children will receive the best treatment possible at Shriners Hospitals for Children, home to some of the world’s leading pediatric specialists.
We will get to work immediately, caring for their injuries, comforting them, and helping them to heal.
Would you like to help the children injured in the earthquakes receive the care they need? Send your Love to the rescue® today.