Today I send out an update for one of our little ones, Hosanna. For those of you who do not know, Hosanna has Leukemia. Last April he caught Dengue Fever and while we were treating him for that, the doctors found out that he had Leukemia. A hospital in Hyderabad, about 7 hours away from where he lives, has been treating him for the last 7 months.
Hosanna’s father died 3 years ago from electric shock. His mother lives about 20 minutes from the CCH home with her mom and her daughter. His mom is uneducated and does labor work for her job. She has had to quit her job since Hosanna got cancer and has been his full time caregiver, taking him to and from the hospital, going and getting blood from the blood bank, and cooking and cleaning on top of that. Chemotherapy is paid for by the government but all blood transfusions and platelets are not covered. Thanks to many of you, we have raised money for Hosanna and he has about $150 in that savings account for the extra costs.
For me this has really been a challenge. We are dealing with cancer, something I haven’t had any experience with, in another country, where I don’t understand the medical practices, with a little boy whom I have grown to absolutely love. There are so many things that I do not understand about the medical field in general and then the medical field here in India seems so much more different.
Without going into the whole history, if you want it you can email me and I can send it to you, the doctor has told Hosanna’s mom that he is in his last days. He actually told her 10 days – but it has already been past that. We are of course believing for something so different than this diagnosis. Today, Hosanna came to Ongole to get a blood test to see if he needs to go back to Hyderabad sooner than expected. His gums are bleeding and he has some spots on his face and his mom says he looks pale. Because of these things we took him to a local hospital here to see what his counts are and to see if he needs to go to Hyderabad for another blood transfusion. When we went in for the blood test, the doctor had a hard time drawing blood. One arm he couldn’t draw any blood and the other arm, on the 3rd try they were able to get some blood.
Hosanna is a very strong 10 year old boy. One who can come to Ongole for a blood test, see me and smile and give me a huge hug and say, “Merry Christmas”. He sat in the hospital blood lab and was telling his mom it is going to be okay, even when they had to poke him 3 times. Please join me in believing that Hosanna can be completely healed from this awful disease that is trying to take his life too soon. Pray for me to ask the right questions and find out the right treatment and make sure that we are doing all we can to communicate with the doctors and his mom.
We just got Hosanna’s blood test results and it was very good news! 60,000 count for platelets. 2 weeks ago it was only 10,000 and without any treatment, it has gone up! He is being healed as I write! We need his platelet count to be up to 100,000 or more because this is in normal range. We are believing for 100,000+ in one week’s time.
When you give to CCH for any of our campaigns, you are giving to children like Hosanna who have no one else to advocate for them. Our staff loves the children, helps takes care of all their needs, and encourages them to have a voice.
Hosanna lives in a home that already has bunk beds and mattresses thanks to our campaign last year but you can help the other children who are still sleeping on the ground. The goal: $3,500 in 35 days for my 35th birthday to get 70 children off their mats and into bunk beds with mattresses! Donate on the link below.