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I am writing to ask for your assistance concerning the medical case of a Kenyan baby girl. Chloe Naserian is about 5 months old and was diagnosed with  complete Atrioventricular septal defect in Kenya. This condition results in the mixing of oxygenated blood and deoxygenated blood in the heart. With this she is likely to suffer from a heart attack and succumb to death any time.  She is currently 5 months old and since birth has only gained 600g to a current weight of only 3.6Kg.

However, she was referred outside the country, specifically India for medical surgery, where the costs are lower than other countries. Unfortunately, her mother Gladys Naserian has been struggling to meet medical expenses and caring for Chloe's two other siblings. She also cannot afford to pay for overseas medical expenses. We are told Chloe needs to have this surgery before 20 January 2013 (when she turns 6 months).

I and my colleagues in Kenya and the Netherlands are frantically trying to assist in any way possible, especially by successfully obtaining the support of people and a charitable medical organization. At present, Chloe is admitted at Kenyatta National Hospital in Kenya as her oxygen saturation is low and she also has pneumonia. Hence, we feel she is running out of time and needs a Christmas miracle.

We are trying to prevent Chloe becoming another forgotten statistic of African children with poor access to healthcare.

The estimated costs for Baby Chloe's surgery and recovery are $25000. Please find attached a picture of baby Chloe.

Kindly donate towards the costs of heart surgery for Baby Chloe at http://www.indiegogo.com/...

Help circulate this fundraising appeal and make this go viral. Your contributions will literally help save the life of a beautiful baby girl! Lets ensure Baby Chloe will have a hopeful Christmas this year and will be around for many more Christmases!

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  •  I'm not a member so I can't republish (0+ / 0-)

    but you might send this to the Kossacks in Need group and see if they won't republish there.  Perhaps Chloe could be an honorary Kossack.

    If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in the dark with a mosquito.

    by marykk on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 06:51:16 AM PST

  •  Sorry, but can you give any (1+ / 0-)
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    verification that this is legitimate? Anyone can start a page there, post a picture and write a heart-wrenching story to go with it.
    http://www.indiegogo.com/...

    Personally, I would rather give to causes that have been vetted by DK members of long standing, which you are not.

    By the way, I'm also an expat and know that the EU and residents have plenty of resources, even in the Netherlands, to help cases like this.  Color me very skeptical about this whole thing. If this makes me look like a meanie, so be it, but there have been too many scams here with good people ripped off, and this story doesn't smell right to me.

    Just my opinion.

    „Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.“ - Bertolt Brecht

    by translatorpro on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 07:52:11 AM PST

  •  Huh? (0+ / 0-)

    Kenya has hospitals.
    This is not a rare medical condition.
    A hole in the A/V septum is present before birth naturally and the procedure to close the hole is common.
    And not to be picky but the baby in the picture looks really good. Not even wearing 02 as I would have expected to see if the A/V septum defect is severe.

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