Leg Surgery for Autistic Girl

Leg Surgery for Autistic Girl

From Susan Brown

This is in support of an autistic young girl named Tanisha who lives in Brighton Jamaica. Two months ago she was shot in the leg in Kingston by a policeman who had confronted her. Tanisha is not connected emotionally ...

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This FUNDLY Campaign is in support of an autistic young girl named Tanisha who lives in Brighton Jamaica. Two months ago she was shot in the leg in Kingston by a policeman who had confronted her. Tanisha is not connected emotionally due to her autism and it is not well understood in Jamaica. In Jamaica, they call autistic people "fool fool". They rape them, abuse them, slave them and cast them aside. They are routinely scorned and outcast, forced to provide for themselves in a country where ignorance, apathy, and physical and mental abuse governs their daily life. Tanisha reacted the only way she knew how and defended herself but because she is tall and strong the policeman panicked and shot her in order to break free. The policeman left her on the road and fled the scene. A passerby put her in a car and took her to the hospital. The hospital provided some basic emergency care but then released her without notifying any family in order to avoid any obligation to provide surgery. Something like that would never happen in America. However, in Jamaica, the hospital recognized that she did not have the mental ability to argue for herself. They didn't make any effort to track down any family either. The hospital simply wanted her out and put her on the street without even a crutch to help her stand. She had nowhere to go and ended up living under a bridge in Kingston. Her extended family managed to track her down and rescued her from under the bridge and took her to see a doctor in Westmoreland. The doctor reviewed her file and has agreed to do the surgery for $900,000.00 Jamaican dollars ($8,000.00 us), significantly less than what it would normally cost. Tahisha's upper leg bone was shattered by the bullet and remains unrepaired. Her right leg is now three inches shorter than her left. The surgery will be complicated and involve resetting the bone with a specialized pin. Tanisha is a beautiful soul but she lacks the mental capacity of a normal person. Therefore, if this surgery isn't done and she remains crippled, she will be subjected to the worst abuse that Jamaica has to offer. Since there is no social safety net in Jamaica, she will be at the mercy of anyone who chooses to prey upon her vulnerabilities. Your donation will go directly towards funding the surgery which is planned for March 2019. Every donation will receive a personalized thank you and we will be providing updates on Tanisha's progress throughout her rehabilitation and recovery.Please, we need your help. Tanisha's family is behind her but they do not have the funds for the surgery.

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