Love-Mica has had intermittent fevers, pain and stiffness in her joints, weight loss, hair loss, face puffiness, and body weakness throughout the past year. Her mother took her to the doctor in May, when Love-Mica was treated for malaria, but she did not receive follow-up care. Another doctor saw her again a month later, but again, there was no follow-up, and Love-Mica’s symptoms persisted.
Love-Mica’s Chalice field workers advised and referred her mother to the main Chalice office to ask for financial assistance for medical treatment so she could get into the clinic the site trusts. In mid-November, the doctors diagnosed Love-Mica with lupus erythematosus (the most common form of lupus), which is a hereditary autoimmune disease. The clinic doctor referred her to an endocrinologist in the capital city, Port-au-Prince, for evaluation and treatment.
At the end of January, Love-Mica needed hospitalization for inflammatory joint pain and lupus pneumonitis. Her doctors suspect she will need at least a month’s treatment for the pneumonitis.
When Love-Mica’s mother approached the Chalice office in November, they helped her create a budget for her daughter’s treatment and recovery, but Love-Mica’s mother is not able to sustain stable employment in Haiti’s current social turmoil.
The site’s plan is to support the family financially so that Love-Mica receives all the treatment she needs to recover and regain her health. She may always live with the disease, but it can be controlled, and Love-Mica could lead a relatively normal life.
These funds will support Love-Mica and her family to afford her current hospitalization, diagnostic tests and imaging, consultation fees, medication, and her trip to Port-au-Prince to see the endocrinologist.
Funding Request: $2,484.55 CAD
Critical Need: CN HHS0223D
Please note that any donations that exceed the request will be used to fund other critical need emergencies that may arise.