Last week I shared about mission and vision for The Treasured Ones Community Outreach and today I am sharing about Medical Sponsorship!
Medical Sponsorship was the program that birthed The Treasured Ones and confirmed the desires God was laying on my heart to care for His special needs treasures in Ghana. I was technically running the Medical Sponsorship program before The Treasured Ones was ever established.
This program all started with a baby girl named Theresa who showed me that God has the mightiest of plans for His children, even when that means calling them Home much sooner than us on Earth would have wanted. You can read Theresa’s story here about how we were brought together, how we fought for Theresa, how she was called to dance with Jesus just one day before her surgery, and how God was working in every single detail. I haven’t read the blog post I wrote about her since the day I wrote it, as the wounds are still fresh and my heart is still tender. I still praise God in the midst of pain, because Theresa began my prayers for special needs children in Ghana.
[Theresa's Mother & Grandmother]
After Theresa’s death, four more children with hydrocephalus were brought into my life, and I knew it was God & Theresa working together up there in Heaven to say,
“Help these children. These are my treasures with hydrocephalus that need you to advocate and fight for them. Do whatever it takes to get them immediate medical care. These children are Theresa’s friends. These children are my gifts to you.”
[Ronald before surgery]
And through incredible provision and prayer the first four children were admitted to Medical Sponsorship. Bright, Ronald, Yaa Atta (story coming soon), and Daniel (story coming soon) received life saving shunt surgery…all within a one month time period. And three of them received the world’s most advanced Medtronic shunts. If that isn’t God moving mountains, then I don’t know what is.
I have also been working with three more children who have orthopedic needs and are all in the midst of treatments. I will be sharing their stories soon!
All of the current Medical Sponsorship children entered my life through friends, hospital staff, partner non profits, and some being brought to my feet. Programs and assistance for special needs children in Ghana is very scarce, so word travels quickly, and I gets many phone calls per week about more children needing medical attention.
[Yaa Atta before surgery]
When I receive a phone call or message about a child in need, I find out all information I can about the child, family circumstances, diagnosis and medical procedures. If the child is close by, I do a home visit to assess the situation even further. I keep detailed chart notes and write down every piece of information given by the mother or caregiver. I pray about the child and whether I should accept them into Medical Sponsorship. I have limited (but growing) medical knowledge and often don’t know exactly what surgery, treatment, or therapy is needed, whether its available in Ghana, or how much all of it will cost. I pray about acceptance before I know about cost or options, because I never want the cost involved to deter me from pursuing the needed medical treatment. I know that where God guides, He provides. If He has led me to accept a child into Medical Sponsorship who has a $10,000 surgery, I know without a doubt that He will provide every penny needed. I haven’t yet turned away a child.
Once I know God has confirmed whether I should accept the child or not, I take the child and caregiver to the hospital to see the doctors and specialists. From there we determine costs, set up a care plan, and make sure the caregiver knows the details of their child’s medical condition and approves of the plan. After that, we begin to walk the journey of surgery, treatment, therapy, and then recovery.
[Daniel before surgery]
It has been a crazy roller coaster with the Medical Sponsorship program so far. Running this program involves hours of phone conversations, more hours of creating care plans, and even more hours spent in hospitals waiting to see doctors, waiting for surgeries to begin, waiting for surgeries to end, waiting for nurses to administer medications, and waiting for receipts and bills. This program takes a lot of fighting. I never expected I would have to fight so hard for children to receive needed medical care.
Doctors don’t want to examine children with special needs for fear of their “curse” rubbing off or being transferred to them.
Nurses don’t want to put in IVs for fear of their “wicked blood”.
Surgeons don’t want to perform operations because they say special needs children will “amount to nothing for society so, what’s the point?”.
Hospital administration tries to charge ridiculous amounts of money when the children are admitted because they say the kids are an “added hassle and require more of the nurse’s attention”.
All of it is LIES.
So I must advocate for, fight with, and stand up for my treasures and their caregivers. I do anything and everything for them to receive the best medical care. And through God and God only, four children have received life saving surgery, and three more are in the midst of therapies.
Medical Sponsorship provides special needs children with live saving and life enhancing surgeries, treatments, and therapies.
The biggest need for Medical Sponsorship is a social worker. Up until now, I have been doing all the initial assessments of the children, going to every doctors visit, staying at the hospital before, during, and after surgery, arranging all meals, transportation, and medication for the children, and doing all follow up. It is mentally and physically exhausting to be running around from 5am to 9pm every day for the various needs of each child. Thankfully, I have had Ghanaian friends help me with translating from English to Twi to talk to the caregivers, nurses, and hospital staff.
A social worker would be able to help me assess new cases, manage existing cases, create care plans for each child and life plans for each family, go to doctors appointments and arrange surgeries, advocate in the local language for needed medical care, help run Community Outreach, manage everyone in the Rehabilitation Home, and be my right hand person in running The Treasured Ones in Ghana. I am so excited to hire my first staff member and am praying for the perfect person to be placed in my path.
The salary for a social worker is $250 USD per month. I would love to have their salary paid for an entire year, which would be $3,000 USD total.
So far $0 out of $3,000 USD has been donated towards the social worker’s salary.
You may donate through Paypal below, or send a check made out to “Rebecca Kuntz” to:
5332 Fair Elms Ave
Western Springs, IL 60558