“I was in the room with my grandmother when I heard the doctor talk to her and say they will have to cut off my leg and we need to schedule a date for the surgery,” says Isabela. “I felt so scared.”
Isabela’s body had rejected the skin graft and deformed the bone. The doctors concluded there was nothing they could do to save the 11-year-old’s leg. The only option was to amputate.
After Vilma heard the devastating news, she mobilized volunteers at the Compassion center to assist the young girl throughout her hospital stay. Vilma also organized additional support through Compassion’s Highly Vulnerable Children (HVC) fund. Almost all children in poverty live in harsh contexts and are vulnerable. But some, like Isabela, face even more troubling circumstances. That’s why donors who give to the HVC can be literal lifesavers.
Give to Highly Vulnerable Children
“Whenever we notice cases of highly vulnerable children, we seek to intervene more directly in the family’s environment to improve the child’s life,” Vilma says. “In addition, we have partnerships with other organizations in the child support network, such as schools, hospitals, psychologists and social services.”
“In Isabela’s case, the family context with numerous people living in the same house, the lack of resources, the absence of her parents and her leg damage made her a highly vulnerable child.”
Breaking the Cocoon
After the amputation, Isabela spent about 20 days in the hospital. Compassion center volunteers visited her almost every day to take her toys and homework from school and the center.
“The center’s ‘aunts’ are really nice. They always visited me and brought me cool things to do at the hospital,” Isabela remembers.