Adopting Family Says Girl Needs Heart Surgery 3-03-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Adopting Family Says Girl Needs Heart Surgery 3-03-2011

Elisabeth Dumond, a young Haitian girl who was abandoned by her mother and her grandfather. is in desperate need of heart surgery.
Lonna Allen met Elisabeth last fall at an orphanage, which is operated by a Mid-Michigan based organization called Heart Cry International. Allen was doing volunteer work for the nonprofit group.
"She’ll be 8 in May and is just a loving little girl,” Allen said. “She’s just not a sad child, once she smiles, she just lights up.”
And there’s another reason the little girl could be sour, she also has a foot deformity -- which in Haiti is considered a curse.
"Her grandfather brought her to our door,” said an official at Heart Cry International. “If a child is disabled in Haiti, they are throwaway children. In fact, many times they don’t even leave a hospital; they’re just thrown out back to die.”


Usually, Heart Cry International helps orphans in Haiti with hopes of making a better life for them there. But Allen anticipates getting a medical visa as soon as possible for Elisabeth to get her over to the University of Michigan Medical Center for surgery.
Allen said, without the heart surgery, there’s a probably a good chance that the child won’t survive past her teenage years.
Allen, who can no longer have children of her own, and her husband are also hoping to adopt Elisabeth. It’s a thrilling aspect to the family's only child, a 12-year-old girl who also has a heart problem.
"It wasn’t like we were looking for this; it just came," Allen said. "And we’re ready for this."
The heart surgery will cost thousands, but Allen and Heart Cry hope others will donate money to help the Haitian girl survive.
Donations can be made via PayPal on at http://heartcryinternational.com or sent to:
"Elizabeth's Fund"
Heart Cry International
PO Box 207
Mt.Pleasant, MI 48804

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