Friday, July 28, 2006

Mending Kids

Ms Menchu sent us this. If you know a child in need, please don't hesitate.

My West Coast contact, Cris Embleton of Mending Kids International, has about five (5) slots available for indigent children with the heart defect known as ATRIAL SEPTAL DEFECT who can be treated with the Amplazer Septal Occluder in Los Angeles this October (date to be finalized later). The Philippine Airlines Foundation has sent children for free care at UCLA, Cedars Sinai or the Shriners Burn Hospital through Mending Kids International in the past.

As recovery from the amplazer procedure only takes about a week, Mending Kids wants children old enough to travel to the States and able to stay in the hospital without a parent. Another Fil-Am charitable organization called the Guardian Angels of America Foundation will make sure the children are not unduly anxious and lonely during their short stay. A day at Disneyland will be the highlight of their recovery and release from the hospital. They will be escorted by myself (I am a licensed foster parent and have had training in CPR and First Aid) as the Philippine Airlines Foundation will provide the Trip Pass for a round trip ticket from the
Philippines to Los Angeles. However, you must find other sponsors for the child's passport, US Medical Treatment Visa application and for the terminal fee, taxes, insurance and other surcharges on the ticket that will be issued by Philippine Airlines.

Mending Kids will take care of hosting family arrangements for the times when the child will not be in the hospital and will send proof of the host family's suitability and the Special Power of Attorney to the child's family as well as other details of the child's medical care.

Please send me the accomplished forms below if you are referring a child for this treatment. Thank you.

Ma. Carmen "Menchu" Aquino Sarmiento
Executive Director
Philippine Airlines (PAL) Foundation
Gate 1, PAL Maintenance Base Complex
Andrews Avenue, Nichols, Pasay City 1309
Phone: (632) 851-2980; (632) 855-8000 extension 2563
Fax: (632) 852-6096


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