Four-year-old Ariella Alexander from St. Vincent and the Grenadines suffers with a condition known as steroid resistant nephrotic syndrome, which causes the kidneys to leak large amounts of protein into the urine.
Ariella, who is half of a set of twins, was in desperate need of an ultrasound guided renal biopsy and possible immunosuppressive therapy.
Her condition means that the infant suffers from swelling, infections, urine discharges and sometimes blood clots.
Caribbean Aid, an organisation based in the United Kingdom, was informed of the plight of little Ariella by their advocate in St. Vincent, Janelle Cox Douglas, chief executive officer at Taraji Foundation.
Ariella’s consultant, Dr. Twanna Browne-Caesar, consultant nephrologist at Milton Cato Memorial Hospitalin Kingstown, advised Caribbean Aid that “Ariella is in desperate need of ultrasound guided kidney biopsy that is not available in her home country of St. Vincent and the Grenadines at this time.
“However, treatment is available on the island of Trinidad, at The Surgi-Med Clinic, Penitence Street, San Fernando, at cost.”
Unfortunately, with little Alexander’s parents unable to meet the cost of the biopsy; the situation was “no money, no treatment”.
Don Brown, managing director of Caribbean Aid CIC, who hase been campaigning on behalf of the Alexander family said: “Caribbean Aid seeks to bridge the gap between Caribbean children in need and the specialist.
Thanks to our supporters and donors, Caribbean Aid managed to raise the full amount needed for little Ariella’s medical bill in Trinidad & Tobago within two months.
Ariella received the ultrasound guided kidney biopsy procedure on Sept. 5 and
Caribbean Aid will be making payment to the Surgi-Med Clinic within the next few days.
By raising and maintaining a readily available pool of funds and running appeals and events in the United Kingdom at the time of need, Caribbean Aid provides practical and financial support to children permanently residing within the Caribbean in need of specialist medical treatment overseas, and in doing so evokes awareness, reduce delay, reduce the emotional impact and bring hope to situations of hopelessness, uncertainty and despair.