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Sep 9, 2005

Mother needs funds to send baby for heart surgery

Story PictureOn September nineteenth, Denfield Anderson will be eight months old, but already this baby boy, who weighs only seven pounds and three ounces, has gone through more than his tiny body can endure. Little Denfield was born with a heart defect that has been affecting his breathing and health, and the child’s physicians have acknowledged that without urgent medical treatment, his future is uncertain. Unfortunately, the child’s mother, Enelida Baldwin, is unable to give her son the help he needs because she simply cannot afford the expenses. Baldwin, a single mother of six children, is unemployed, making the situation even more difficult for the family. Although Baby Denfield is presently stabilized on medications, the attending paediatrician, Doctor Victor Rosado, states that his very young patient needs cardiac surgery to correct the heart anomaly. Earlier this week, the Rotary Club of Belize announced that Baby Denfield had qualified for its Gift of Life Programme and that arrangements are being made for the infant to travel within the next four weeks to receive open-heart surgery. But although medical care, travel, and lodging are being provided by Rotary, the family must come up with one thousand dollars to pay for the travel documents, visa costs, and other incidentals. Today Baldwin visited News Five to appeal to the public for help.

Enelida Baldwin, Denfield’s Mother
“Well I would just like to ask anybody out there or somebody out there who, you could say have a heart, to please help us if it’s possible because we really need it right about now.”

“For the first, it was pretty much bad because he had almost died the first time when they found out. He started with just a common fever and then he start to have cough and then he tried to catch his breath and then they took him to the hospital and then like a week after when they did the X-ray and everything they said he supposed to have a hole in his heart, but they were not certain then they ask me to go to Universal and they did an ultra sound and then they found out that he had it.”

Tonight News Five is happy to report that following the interview we did manage to secure the funds the family needs. We would like to acknowledge the following businesses who didn’t hesitate to extend a helping hand to Baby Denfield: Santiago Castillo Limited, James Brodie and Company, Bowen and Bowen Limited, and Mikado’s.

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