Taking care of our children!

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 16, No. 21            May 25, 2006

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Denvan Williams face is all smiles as he proudly shows off his newfound walking skills with the aid of his walker.

Jaymin Stuart is a very happy boy, always smiling and laughing. He is currently recovering from surgery where he received treatment for his tight heel cord.

CARE Belize, Friends of Pediatrics and Ambergris Caye Chamber of Commerce (ACCC) have played a big role in changing the lives of two young, very active boys in San Pedro Town.

   Denvan Williams and Jaymin Stuart are two adorable little boys, who, with the kind attentions of CARE Belize representative Kath Walker, both have been blessed with life-changing operations. Up until a couple months ago Denvan Williams, six, was unable to walk. He was born microcephalic (otherwise known as having a small brain), and was unable to walk. Heís a very bright boy, always smiling, and playing with his mother and brother.

   Once it was clear that corrective surgery could benefit the young Denvan, the family approached the ACCC for help with their traveling and medical expenses. Through the charity funds, the ACCC was able to offer $250 dollars, and it was put to good use in enabling both Denvan and his mother Catherine to travel to see Dr. Francis Smith in Belize City. His orthopedic surgery was successful and Denvan is now able to walk short distances, with the help of his homemade walker (provided by CARE Belize, and built by Cullen Walker, who is working with CARE Belize on field adaptive aids for children).

   During their travels to Belize City, the Williamsís met another mother and child from San Pedro who were getting treatment, and who had also received help from ACCC and CARE Belize, plus Friends of Pediatrics. Three-year-old Jaymin and his mother, Trecia Stuart, were in Belize City for an operation to treat Jayminís tight heel cord (fixed ankle). Jaymin also suffers from Cerebral Palsy, and for this young mother, getting help for her son was a godsend. ďItís all thanks to this good lady,Ē she said, referring to Kath Walker.

   Kath however, is modest about her help in these situations, and states that a lot of people were involved in helping these two young boys, who are now friends. Through the charitable efforts of many organizations, including the ACCC and CARE Belize, young children are receiving much needed help. But there is so much more to be done! There are many children who are in desperate need of medical attention, and who need to get in contact with the right people for the help they require. If you know of any child who needs medical attention and special care, kindly obtain as much information on the childís medical history and care needed, and forward this information to Kathleen (Kath) Walker, PT, at [email protected] or call 622-8200.

   All children have the right to be cared for, provided for and educated. Children with physical disabilities also have these rights. Letís care for our children!

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