Thanks to you and a host of wonderful professionals, little Inga Beero is alive, is thriving and is now back home with his family on Kiritimati (Christmas Island) in the Central Pacific.
Inga’s life saving adventure began when he was just 6 months old (see ‘before’ picture) when local Christmas Island Dr. John Tekanene brought Inga’s condition to the attention of those of us at Pacific Islands Medical Aid, (PIMA) who were on the island at the time. “With Inga’s massive facial cleft and constant infections, Dr. John did not think the little boy would survive,” says Carlton Smith, PIMA president.
“But now at four years old, and after three separate surgeries on three trips to California, Inga is thriving,” he said.
Together with our wonderful partner at Mending Kids International in Burbank, California, Inga was initially flown to Childeren’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where noted surgeon Dr. Mark Urata performed the first surgery to close Inga’s cleft.
On two successive trips, Inga was flown to Shriners Hospital for Children in Los Angeles for follow-up surgery. On all three visits, Mending Kids International arranged for great host parents to care for Inga when he was an out patient.
“Your donations to PIMA helped make all of this happen. We cannot thank you enough,” Carlton said.