Pierre Morgan is starting kindergarten on a good note thanks to Mending Kids. Full Frame contributor Sandra Hughes reported on how the nonprofit helps kids like Pierre Morgan.
An infection from a pierced ear formed a large keloid on Morgan’s ear. Although not life-threatening, it was hard for him, and for his mother, Stephanie, to endure the stares.
Insurance would not cover a surgery to remove the keloid, and the family could not afford it out of pocket.
But then, a pediatrician told them about Mending Kids, a nonprofit that provides life-changing surgeries to children around the world.
A team of doctors and nurses removed the keloid and reconstructed Morgan’s ear. Mending Kids paid for the entire procedure and the trip to Los Angeles where the treatment took place.
“I was recently laid off, and they even helped me with ‘We’ll send you money so you can get some gas.’ And, ‘Did you say your van isn’t running too well? We will help.’ They help with everything,” said Stephanie Morgan.
After each round of procedures is complete, the organization even throws a tea party celebration for its young patients, complete with celebrity guests.
Since 2006, Mending Kids has helped 2,000 children in 54 countries around the world.
Follow Mending Kids on Twitter: @mendingkids