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May 15, 2012

Update on Catarina Ishim, girl with face tumor

Catarina Ishim

By now you know that twelve year old Catarina Ishim, the little girl from San Pablo, Toledo underwent over twenty hours of surgery in mid April to remove a massive tumor from her face. Since then, she and her father have been staying at the home of Dr. Rick Glover in Knoxville, Tennessee. In an update to her story, on Monday, Catarina had another procedure and testing in preparation for the next phase of her treatment, chemotherapy. News Five got the latest today from Carla Jennings, the president of Hearts of Christ Children’s Ministry, which assisted Catarina and her family in getting to the US.

 

Via Phone: Carla Jennings, President, Hearts of Christ Children’s Ministry

“Catarina just had a bone marrow biopsy and she also had a central line that will be used for her chemo treatment. Those tests were yesterday and the results from the bone marrow biopsy should be in tomorrow.”

 

Delahnie Bain

Carla Jennings

“How is she doing in terms of the recovery process?”

 

Via Phone: Carla Jennings

“She’s doing very well. She’s having a little trouble with the healing of the skin graft on her thigh but it’s doing much better today. She’s been up, she’s eating, she’s drinking liquids and she’s working puzzles and watching TV. She’s been doing very well.”

 

Delahnie Bain

“Okay, is she expected to do any further tests or procedures anytime soon?”

 

Via Phone: Carla Jennings

“Once the bone marrow biopsy comes in and it’s negative then they will start preparing for the chemo treatment.”

 

Delahnie Bain

“What exactly does the bone marrow biopsy check for?”

 

Via Phone: Carla Jennings

“They’re checking to make sure there’s no further trace of cancer anywhere else in her body. Once the chemo is finished then she will start the process of the facial reconstruction. She lost her entire nose in the tumor removal and part of her eye socket and part of her gum. So she has a lot of extensive plastic surgery to come. We just want the people to know that so far, everything is being covered by the surgeon and the hospital; all services have been donated. There has been no charges to the family so it’s been a really big blessing, what’s been going on so far.”

 

Catarina was scheduled to return to Belize at the end of May, but her stay has been extended to the end of November.


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10 Responses for “Update on Catarina Ishim, girl with face tumor”

  1. Storm says:

    God bless those generous people, whose hearts reached out to help a poor, suffering little girl in the little country of Belize.

    We should remember Catarina and all of her benefactors in our prayers.

  2. Belizean living abroad says:

    Thank you Lord for some good news, praying for Catarina and her family for a successful and speedy recovery. God Bless the surgeon, hospital and everyone involved that help this family.

  3. John says:

    God Is Good when all is left in his hand. We will keep you in our prayers.

  4. carina says:

    God Bless this child!! :)

  5. MadDOG says:

    lovely , apart from all the bad new this is the best news so Far, God is Great.

  6. Sasha says:

    God bless Carla and the christian ministry, this is why we have people in RED CROSS, CHURCH, GOV’T to seek aid for these type of people who are suffering severely, God Bless America.

  7. NoNo says:

    God bless all those people helping this young little girl. Thank God always and We trust in God that he will see this girl through and she will return home even better. God is good all the Time.

  8. OriginalWoman says:

    Yes indeed,God is Great!!! Stories like these confirm that there are still genuine good people in this world.

  9. naughtbbgrl@yahoo.com says:

    Beyond borders thank you from Belize n blessings!

  10. sir tones says:

    GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME, AND HE MAKE A WAY OUT OF NO-WAY…..WE WILL CONTINUE TO KEEP YOU IN PRAYERS AND I BELIEVE THAT YOU WILL RECOVER FROM THIS DEADLY DISEASE, SO STAY STRONG AND LEAVE EVERY THING IN GOD’S HAND, AND BELIEVE THAT HE WILL SEE YOU THROUGH GOD BLESS!!!!!

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