Straight Up with Sherri

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Can YOU help Baby Charlotte?

Juleni has been an incredible force and light to us all in the fight for life of those in need. I asked her what I can do to help Charlotte, so here it goes.


"At the moment we're trying to get specifics on what sort of equipment
would be needed for her to come home, and exactly how much it would cost.
There are some other practical things we're not sure about... she will
probably need at least some nursing care, and we don't know if the NHS
might provide a nurse or not. And currently they are in a two bedroom
flat with the two little boys, but Charlotte would require her own room,
so they would have to find a three or four bedroom place.
But her parents really want to get her out of the hospital,and they would
like to get a reassesment of her condition, for they feel the hospital has
not done well by her.

Darren & Debbie are asking if it would be at all possible to bring in a
pro-life doctor from elsewhere, with some knowledge in this field, to do
an independent assessment on Charlotte. Would you know of any leads, or
how we might go about this? They feel strongly that the NHS is not
working for her best interest, and just now it seems as if maybe an
American doctor might be able to make a less politicized assesment than a
British doctor.

It would be a great deal better if a doctor could come out here (to England) to assess her (rather than trying to bring Charlotte to another country). If that was completely impossible she might be able to be flown out, though it would probably involve more difficulties. She has never left the hospital, and is right now in 45% oxygen.

At the moment we don't have her full medical records; though her parents
and their solicitor have asked for them from the hospital, so far it has
been without result. I think we can get some material; but I'm not sure
about how much.

Let me know if there are any other questions... I'll try my best to answer
them. Thanks so much for doing this.


I will let you know as soon as we find out more specifics. Thank you for
working for her."

From Hannah, website blogger at savecharlotte.com.
Email:
hannah@savecharlotte.com

6 Comments:

  • Obvious question: Are there no Pro-Life and competent doctors in England? I'm guessing the problem is socialised medicine. Germany is too. Hmmm.

    Sherri, they need to find a doctor that wants to take a vacation in England! The doc could do an assessment while there. But, what about licensing? Are American doctors legal in England? Would an assessment from one mean anything in England?

    Lot of questions and no help I'm afraid. Sorry.

    By Blogger Sarah D., at 9:53 PM  

  • Sarah D

    Yes, many questions. I was calling everyone I could think of- Emory, Scottish Rite, etc. No one could tell me who to talk to- but they had a hundred questions. I don't know her medical "condition," if she can be moved, etc. I figured if we could find a doctor that was interested in helping, then we just put them in touch with the family and then see what can be done. This way, us "lay" people won't mess it up.

    I don't know how all this works. Would be nice to find out. Is there a foundation or center that does things like this? I have no idea. I did learn that when people are brought here from other countries, it is usually because the doctor (from the other country) has lobbied hard for the patient. It is usually THAT doctor that started calling here looking for someone to help. Poor Charlotte is surrounded by "nay" sayers- not doctors trying to help her.......sad.....

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 7:24 AM  

  • THANK YOU everyone, and I will forward your questions to Hannah, as well. Good questions.

    Everyone, please, please keep on praying. (This is regarding Charlotte.)I know this is off topic, but I need to get this to you all...

    I **have had contact with two doctors today**.

    The first, is one who is the director of the MC Association of Prolife Physicians (I spoke with him directly). I will call him 'Dr. James'. He is a family physician, however has worked with babies in hospital, before. He, or another physician aquaintance of his may be the one whom God is placing in our path to send to Britain to evaluate Charlotte. He is going to speak with two important doctors who he knows personally, when he is able - and we need to pray for him about this!

    One is Dr. Patrick, who is a retired medical professor and missionary, and is currently the president of a college in Canada. Dr. Patrick is affiliated with the CMDA (Christian Medical & Dental Associations). Dr. Patrick is actually traveling right now - today, April 26th through May 9th, so Dr. James really needs prayer that God will open the way for him to directly contact Dr. Patrick, soon, even during his travels....

    Dr. James is also going to contact Dr. C. Everett Koop, MD the former Surgeon General of the US, who is a pediatric surgeon and whom Dr. James personally knows.

    Here is a bit about Dr. Koop:

    "Surgeon General Koop continued to champion children with disabilities, an issue with which he had long been involved as a pediatric surgeon. He organized a workshop on respirator-dependent children in December 1982, which explored ways of caring for these children in their own homes rather than in hospitals, and making Medicaid funds available to pay for long-term home care. One of the last conferences he convened was the "Surgeon General's Conference on Growing Up and Getting Medical Care: Youth with Special Health Care Needs," held in March 1989. In numerous speeches Koop urged policymakers, physicians, health care administrators, educators, and the public to recognize the dignity, rights, needs, and capabilities of children with life-threatening birth defects and other impairments. A growing number of such children were saved by advances in medicine, but were left with disabilities. Throughout his eight years as Surgeon General, Koop was the most outspoken and persistent government advocate for increasing access to medical and health care, educational opportunities, and employment for these children." (from http://profiles.nlm.nih.gov/QQ/Views/Exhibit/narrative/babydoe.html )

    PLEASE PRAY FOR DR. JAMES AS HE MAKES HIS CALLS TODAY AND IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS, THAT HE WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE CONTACT AND RECEIVE RESPONSES!

    Here is a verse to encourage prayer: "Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. **The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much**." (James 5:16)

    The second doctor I will post about in the next post.

    By Anonymous Juleni, at 4:27 PM  

  • Second :
    Dr. Paul Byrne called me! Thank you for your call, Dr. Byrne!

    THANK YOU EARL, FROM 'CURE' FOR GIVING ASKING HIM TO CALL ME!

    Dr. Byrne will also visit Charlotte's website today, and I am forwarding emails to him from Hannah, regarding Charlotte.

    KEEP ON PRAYING EVERYONE, YOUR PRAYERS ARE WORKING. GOD IS RESPONDING TO THEM!

    By Anonymous Juleni, at 4:28 PM  

  • Thirdly, a private contact is getting ahold of two prolife pediatric cardiologists at the University of Michigan, Dr. Beekman and Dr. Ludamerski, but this contact is waiting on some more very specific information from Hannah, that these specialists will need to determine if they should be the ones to go to England.

    PLEASE PRAY THAT HANNAH WILL BE ABLE TO GET THE INFORMATION TO THIS CONTACT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE, AND THAT THE INFORMATION WILL BE CLEAR TO THE DOCTORS WHEN THEY RECEIVE IT, AND THAT THIS CONTACT WILL HAVE NO DIFFICULTY GETTING THIS INFORMATION TO THE DOCTORS.

    Thank you. And please know that none of this could be possible without your prayers.

    By Anonymous Juleni, at 4:32 PM  

  • Wow! Sounds like things are moving forward.

    Great news Juleni, thanks!

    By Blogger Sarah D., at 8:05 PM  

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