This daddy (pictured above with his two youngest children) is a friend of my husband HRH. He was at my wedding and his parents live opposite my parents-in-law. His oldest daughter (pictured below) is very seriously and very suddenly sick. And although I don't live in Barbados, I have met this little girl (and her sister) so I am feeling their pain right now. Even if I hadn't met her personally, I would still be calling on you because it is the worse feeling in the world to see your child suffering and be unable to help them or to be worrying about how you are going to afford to pay for the cost of treatment.
Copied below is the original letter circulated by Kysha (mummy) and Dougie (daddy) requesting help for their baby girl.
"To Whom It May Concern:Keanna was indeed airlifted from Barbados to Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, where she remains in critical condition at the pediatric intensive care unit.
Re: Financial Assistance for Keana Naomi Ansha Banfield
We are Douglas and Kysha Best, the parents of Keana Banfield. Keana is 8 years old and a pupil at the Christ Church Girls’ School in Barbados. On Thursday, April 4, 2013 morning our daughter awoke with what appeared to be a mild rash around her eyes which we assumed had come from an allergic reaction to something she may have ingested. As a precautionary method, we took her to the Elcourt Clinic in Christ Church where they prescribed antihistamines and steroids. By Friday April 5, 2013 the rash had spread to her back and her body started to swell. On Saturday morning we took her to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where they also prescribed antihistamines and steroids and treated and discharged her. We continued to monitor her and had to return to the hospital on Sunday April 7, 2013 around 4:00 p.m. as the rash had covered her entire body and the swelling was even more severe as even her eyes were now swollen closed.
She was then admitted to the Paediatric ward at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital under the primary care of Dr. Michelle Lashley. On April 10, 2013 her lungs partially collapsed and her kidney function has significantly slowed. Dr. Krishnamurthy was the doctor who conducted the x-rays on Keana and she has been diagnosed as having Staphylococcus and Acute Toxic Shock Syndrome. A letter from a member of the medical team is attached for your reference, and we have formally requested a medical report from the hospital. Keana’s condition continues to deteriorate at a rapid pace and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital has said they are not equipped to offer the level of care required for this case should her condition worsen. They have advised that we seek medical attention abroad.
We have been in contact with the Miami Children’s Hospital in Miami, United States of America and Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto; their doctors are on standby to receive Keana. Our family members in Miami and Toronto have offered to house us while Keana is hospitalised in the U.S.
The approximate cost for the air ambulance to transport Keana has been quoted at $50,000.00USD and the hospital deposit has been approximated at $300,000.00 USD. Due to financial impecuniosities we are unable to pay these costs and are seeking whatever financial assistance can be rendered to help our daughter. Unfortunately, we do not have any medical insurance to assists in these unexpected costs. "
Barbados does not have an NHS, and 'regular' people don't normally have medical insurance either (you just pay as you go), so you can imagine what it must feel like to be trying to raise over $300k USD... (exchange rate is $1.98 Bajan dollars to 1 USD). If you can contribute to their cause I'd be grateful, if you can't contribute - please pray and share... Thank you x
If you're in the UK you can credit account 73623459 sort code 209467. This is a genuine legitimate request. Further bank details and IBAN codes and status updates on the official facebook page below.
FB page https://www.facebook.com/groups/116489071881041/
US friends can donate to this charity:
As you can see from the images below, there have been several fundraisers and several businesses in Barbados have been doing what they can to contribute.
There are collections being arranged in London as well and as soon as I can upload the code I will be donating proceeds from selected products from www.almocado.com to the UK fund.
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