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Lea's Story

All too often while working in places such as El Salvador, we encounter children such as Lea. In the January 2001 earthquake, Lea was pushed into a fire pit in her small, rural village, and burned over 70% of her body. Despite the best efforts of her doctors at Bloom, Lea was out of options and near death when we first met her. Desperately in need of ICU care and specialized skin grafting, Lea was slipping away. SWF was able to make arrangements with the Shriners Burn Center in Galveston for Lea to be brought to the United States. Funded and accompanied by SWF personnel, Lea arrived at Shriners just in the nick of time. Physicians there estimated she would have died within 72 hours, had she remained in El Salvador. Not only did Lea ultimately survive, but she recently returned to her home in El Salvador. SWF thanks our generous donors who make miracles like this possible. With your continued support, Lea won't be the last severely injured child we can transport and save.