Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko – HARLENE LEORNA
Harline Leorna was born with unusual conditions in her lower extremities. She could not move her legs and feet normally. Harlene was left by her mother, her father Rex and her grandparents were taking care of her. Let’s watch the story of Harline and her family, they came from the province of Isabela. Rosa Batung and her grandchild Harline Leorna are temporarily staying in a small house in Quezon City. They came from Isabela Province, they decided to go to Manila to seek help and cure to the condition of Harlene. She cannot really bend her feet, according to the doctor after the operation, it will take five years again to do another surgery on her feet and knees. To fixed and so that she can bend her knees and so she can move her feet. Harline was born with Athrogryposis Multiplex Congenita. Aling Rosa told us the story of Harline’s first operation. On her first operation, she was only one year old. The doctor stretched both of her legs. The doctor arranged her feet downward because her feet were elevated. Now our problem is her knee, she cannot bend it. We are hoping that it will be fixed so that she can walk and to go to school. According to her doctor that we have to wait for another five years before she can undergo in another operation. We decided to go here in Manila to find some help. That is why we decided to make an appeal in your office. Because of her condition Harline is having a problem with her mobility. If she is sitting she looks fine, but if she wants to come to us she uses her buttocks to move. She cannot also eat by herself, she needs to be spoon feed. Her hands and feet cannot hold a thing. Every time they try to bend her knee, Harline usually got hurt. That is why they decided that she needs to undergo in operation. Before she undergo in operation, she need to have an x-ray and we need to meet all the requirements needed by the doctor. Then now we decided to have a check up. If ever she failed to undergo in operation. We will be needing a wheelchair for her. So that she can easily move and we will not have to carry her if ever we have to go somewhere. Harline’s mother left her when she was a baby. Harline usually ask us about her mother, but we didn’t know what to say to her. Because we didn’t know where does she stay. Despite of her disability, Harline’s still are a cheerful and active kid. Harline is also very fortunate to have the love of her grandparents. They are praying for Harline to become healthy and to have a good life as she grow just like other kids. I am asking for some help for those who would like to help my grand daughter Harlene,. We want her to be operated so that her hands and feet will be fixed and also for her to go to school. I want to say thank you for those people who want to help us. Harline is required to undergo in an operation for her to be capable to move her knees. She also needed a wheelchair while Harline has her check up and it’shard for her grandparents to carry her. Harline has a rare disease and she requires an immediate medical attention.