Princess Buggie and grandmother, February 26, 2014. Credit: Dr. John Carroll
Via his Dispatches from Haiti blog at the Peoria Journal Star, Dr. John Carroll sends an urgent request on behalf of Princess Buggie:
Please meet Princess Buggie. Yes, that is her real name.
Princess is three months old and weighs seven and one-half pounds and lives here in Port-au-Prince with her mother, father, and grandma. She only takes milk from a syringe because she is too weak and becomes too winded to take it any other way.
Princess was born with heart disease. She has big holes in the walls that separate her upper chambers from each other and her lower chambers from each other. Princess is in congestive heart failure because her blood is pumping through the holes in her heart in the wrong direction and flooding her lungs.
I don’t think she has much time left unless she is operated soon. Like real soon. She has been hospitalized three times here in Port-au-Prince for serious breathing problems.
If you know any hospital administrators anywhere who would consider saving Princess Buggie’s life please let me know ASAP.
John A. Carroll, MD