“Reaching Out” 4/17/01

Letters to the Editor

Saturday, April 7, 2001

Daily News
Reaching out

Editor, Naples Daily News:

Here is my story regarding a child from Ecuador.

In September 1999, a story aired on the Spanish television network, Univision. It was about a 13-year-old girl from Ecuador who has been diagnosed with a rare condition, Conradi Hunermann Syndrome. Diana is in need of spinal reconstructive surgery. As she continues to grow, her spine will continue to curve, applying pressure to the spinal cord. Without this surgery, she may be paralyzed.

My need to help this child is so critical because as a mother whose own daughter underwent surgery for scoliosis (curvature of the spine which entails having stainless steel rods fused to the spinal cord), I fully understand the hardships this can take on a family both physically and mentally.

Dr. Robert Pashman, has agreed to take Diana’s case on a pro-bono basis (his services free of charge). The hospital cost for Diana’s surgery with no profit added will cost between $20,000 and $25,000.

If you wish to help this child, an account has been set up for her at Colonial Bank in Naples. Your tax-deductible donation should me made payable to: Diana Hernandez Medical Fund.

Your compassion and generosity will be eternally appreciated.

— Mirna Ramos/Naples

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