Thursday, April 23, 2009
Yesterday, I went to the Women's Centre for my usual Wednesday English class, and arrived in time to catch the end of Creche (Kindergarten) class. The children were dancing to their favorite songs, singing along and doing their dance steps. Dance class is a very serious subject for them!
Meher was enjoying herself dancing as vigorously as all of her friends. The bandages were taken off her leg on Monday as the skin has grown back completely. She also had her first saline insertions on Monday. The expansion (injection of saline) will continue twice a week now. She is no longer in any pain and appears to be quite healthy, as you can see from her energy in the video below!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Meher went back to the hospital for a check up and dressing change yesterday. Everything is progressing nicely and we should be able to start filling the expanders with saline soon. Meher is as lively as ever and is attending classes, playing inside and outside, and interacting with everyone like she always does. The staff at the Women's Centre try to encourage her to play quietly as her leg and hand are still bandaged up, but as it is impossible to make a four year old sit still, she continues to run around.
Her left hand is healing well, but will remain in dressing until it is fully healed, which could take up to 6 or 8 more weeks. The leg wound is very slight and will be completely healed soon (the plastic surgeon had to take some skin from her leg to fully restore her left hand).
Monday, April 13, 2009
This is a long overdue list of people/businesses who have contributed or supported us. Thank you so much to everyone who has gotten involved, none of this would have been possible without all of you. (The list is in alphabetical order by first name/word).
Berlin Metropolitan School
Chess Without Borders
Hough Street Chess Club
James and Kathy Redfield
Thursday, April 9, 2009
I wish (Aktion Lebensretter) from Verenice on Vimeo.
Meher is already developing her experience as a performer (as she is a true diva) and appears in the Aktion Lebensretter music video "I Wish" recorded at the Women Centre with Sabrina Verenice, who is a German singer and a huge supporter of Project Why (and Meher). You can learn more about Aktion Lebensretter here:
Thank you Sabrina for making all of this possible!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Meher was happy to be home and is eating normally. She is talking and interacting with everyone, although she is still very tired.
When the expanders become full, they are quite large and unusual looking, so today I am meeting with the staff at the Women's Centre to show them pictures and make sure they understand the procedure. They in turn will pass this information on to their students, so Meher will have lots of support from her friends and teachers. As the expansion is gradual, it will not be painful. The inspiration for expanding healthy tissue this way actually came from pregnancy.
Here is another example of the same procedure used to restore hair after a burn:
Please note that this is only a basic explanation based on my understanding and I am not a plastic surgeon!
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Due to hospital regulations and focusing on the medical procedures, I did not take any pictures , but will be able to do so again as soon as she is at home.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Her operation is scheduled for early tomorrow morning (Thursday, April 2nd). She should be able to go home afterwards.