Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Little Chris Update
I can't believe two weeks have gone by since I blogged about little Chris. It's definitely not because I haven't been thinking about him. Here's what's happening behind the scenes:
1. Cori Stern of The Next Right Thing referred me to Tami at Children's Medical Mission West who is actively asking her doc and hospital connections to consider taking on little Chris's case. Her agency is the complete deal: doc, hospital, host family, etc.. The only downside I see with this option is that the parents aren't allowed to travel to the U.S.. Daniel is prepared to accept this if it gives his only son a fighting chance at life.
2. A Nigerian doc who oversees little Chris's doc is checking the cost to send little Chris to India for medical care through an agency called Heart Aid. A parent could go, and healthcare is apparently much less expensive there. If this option works, I'd start shamelessly asking people for donations. Consider yourselves forewarned.
3. A friend of a childhood friend of mine is a compassionate, generous, retired physician assistant back east with pediatric cardiologist friends. This PA has taken a great interest in little Chris's case and is actively pursuing options. I'm encouraged by his words, "God is good, and he's in a good mood."
4. Through a friend of a friend's contact with a pediatric cardiologist in Chicago, his surgical team plans to review little Chris's case (once the echo cardiogram I sent him arrives).
Yes, God is good, and He's sending us an army to fight for little Chris's life. Who knows. One of these might be the full deal, or they might end up fitting together like puzzle pieces.
Dr. Chris says that "the best investment you can make is in human lives." On behalf of little Chris's family, I extend a BIG, BIG thank you for your prayers and support. May God continue to provide hope, and may we trust in His provision and love for us, whatever the outcome.