13-year old girl
This is Qi Qi, whose dimples and warm smile always light up a room. She is 13-years old and has spina bifida with a tethered spine syndrome. In addition, Qi Qi has a wound on the heel of her foot that won’t heal. The doctors say there is an infection in her bone, and are hoping the infection doesn’t get into her blood system and travel through her body. Two different medicines are used on the wound on her foot (which needs to stay dressed) to battle the infection and to keep the wound from opening wider. If the infection isn’t cleared, she may need to have her foot amputated. Qi Qi needs a stander, which would enable her to stand while she does school work during the day and decrease her muscular atrophy. She has become an excellent helper with the younger children.
Qi Qi uses crutches that have the cuff which almost completely encircle her forearms for greater support. One of her crutches broke, and thankfully a friend was able to get her two sets of new crutches! One for now to replace the broken ones, and another set for when she grows taller! Unfortunately, she has developed another wound. We are trying to get her the medical attention she needs to determine the cause of the wounds and obtain the correct medicine.