ARTA'S RECOVERY IN BRISTOL
tiny charity in the West is fighting to raise thousands of pounds
for extra medical treatment for an Albanian girl.
say they're not worried about five year old Arta Gjini, but complications
mean she'll need more operations on her burned legs.
Exmoor-based trust which brought her to England will now have to
find new sources of money to pay for her care.
came to Bristol six weeks ago for surgery to change her life.
she suffered as a baby damaged her legs so badly that she could
she grew, the problems grew worse.
seemed inevitable that without surgery, which she could not get
in Albania, Arta would be confined to a wheelchair.
Albanian Medical Trust has also bought an ambulance|
Albanian Medical Trust, a small group of people based in West Somerset,
were approached by a friend of Arta's family and agreed to help.
at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, one of the leading hospitals for
treating children with burns, offered to operate free of charge.
the Trust still had to find £300 for each day Arta spent in hospital,
to pay for medical care.
surgeons at Frenchay Hospital rebuilt Arta’s feet in two major operations,
and she's been making a good recovery.
infection is a set back, but her surgeon remains positive|
late last week it was discovered that one of her legs had become
infected and she would need operations to clean the infection.
also need fresh skin grafts.
Tim Burge, consultant plastic surgeon, said,s "There were some complications
following surgery which means Arta is likely to stay in hospital
a little longer than planned, but I am happy with her progress."
Albanian Medical Trust is now faced with having to raise a minimum
of £5,000 more than it has budgeted for.
no doubt it’s going to be tough for us to raise the money.
already found £14,000, but we probably need to find another
£6,000 at least. But we can't send her home to Albania until
the job is done." Campbell
Voullaire of the Albanian Medical Trust
is still hoping that Arta will be able to walk properly soon.
more than Arta herself, as she told her guardian in England, Maria
told me that she has seen a beautiful dream, as if her legs were
just like other people."
saw herself walking and playing with her sisters and brother and
mum and dad. She said she was feeling very happy."
the Albanian Medical Trust will be able to raise the money and make
Arta’s dream come true.
anyone would like to send a donation to help Arta, they can send
a cheque to 'The Albanian Medical Trust', care of Spence Robert,
Atlantic House, Silver Street, Taunton.