News Release

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Contact: Greg Raver-Lampman
(757) 668-7554
Greg.Lampman@chkd.org

Haitian girl gets much-needed medical treatment at CHKD

NORFOLK, VA –Thanks to Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, a 7-year-old girl from Haiti who suffered from a severe bone infection and sickle cell disease has a much better chance of recovering and keeping her arm.

Adianne Norce needed an operation to drain a pocket of infection that had walled itself off inside her bone. Medical teams in Haiti, stressed by the earthquake, were unable to perform the surgery.

Adianne found her way to Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters through Operation Blessing, a locally-based humanitarian organization. Bill Horan, president of Operation Blessing, met the girl several months ago in a Haitian hospital near Port au Prince. Adianne captured the hearts of Horan and others from the charity and they decided to help her try and get the medical treatment that she needed.

The organization reached out to CHKD, which agreed to care for Adianne at no cost. The two charities then spent the next several weeks securing passports for Adianne and her father as well as a medical visa from the U.S. State Department.

Operation Blessing flew Adianne and her father from Haiti to Norfolk earlier this month. She was admitted to the CHKD, where a medical team led by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Carl St. Remy -- whose parents were from Haiti -- was able to perform the surgery, isolate the germ causing the infection and begin a targeted antibiotic regimen. After a week of treatment, Adianne was discharged to the home of a host family where she will recover under the care of CHKD physicians for the next several weeks before returning to her home in Haiti.

“We are all optimistic that this infection will be eradicated,” said Dr. Donald Lewis, senior vice president of academic affairs at CHKD. “The CHKD family has been honored to participate in the care of this beautiful child and to help get her on the path to recovery.”

"Adianne has been suffering with serious illness for years, yet she is an amazing little girl who radiates peace and joy,” said Horan. “We are so grateful that CHKD has decided to help her, and we look forward to seeing her recover in the coming weeks so that she may return to her family a healthy and happy little girl."

ABOUT CHKD:

Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters is the only freestanding children’s hospital in Virginia and serves the medical and surgical needs of children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The not-for-profit hospital was founded in 1961 and last year handled approximately 6,200 inpatient admissions and 219,500 outpatient specialty, surgical and emergency room visits, addressing routine and complex illnesses, injuries and chronic conditions. The CHKD Health System operates primary care pediatric practices, surgical practices, multi-service Health Centers and satellite offices throughout its service region.

ABOUT OPERATION BLESSING INTERNATIONAL:

Operation Blessing International (OBI) is one of the largest charities in America, providing strategic disaster relief, medical aid, hunger relief, clean water and community development in 23 countries around the world on a daily basis. In 2009, OBI was awarded Charity Navigator’s coveted 4 star rating for sound fiscal management for the fifth year in a row, a feat that only 4% of rated charities have ever achieved. Forbes, which currently ranks OBI as one of "America’s Most Efficient Charities," awarded OBI a perfect 100% rating in fundraising efficiency and 99% efficiency in charitable commitment. Additionally, the Chronicle of Philanthropy currently ranks OBI as the 23rd largest charity and the 6th largest international charity. Founded in 1978, Operation Blessing International has touched the lives of more than 235 million people in more than 105 countries and 50 states, providing goods and services valued at over $2.7 billion to date.