Help is here!

Hola Kristiina,

As remarked previously, “help is on the way,” yes! Nathalie and her husband have found a doctor willing to take Dani for medical consultation. Dr. Marsha has kindly agreed to see him. That will be on Friday, March 28, in the Korean Hospital. Hanna will go along with Dani and Nathalie, and we are all hopeful.

I have been lately thinking about Dani, and our long walks from the Special Needs rooms at the orphanage to the Babies pavilion. I remember the many times Dani greeted and cheered other kids and staff during our walks, screaming of happiness, sometimes, and laughing and singing others. I can only imagine how blissful he will feel once he learns that he is going out on Friday, for a drive with Hanna and Nathalie. I would love to see his face.

Kristiina, there are still people supporting in different ways to Dani’s cure. Many of them relatives, friends, and colleagues, but some are just people touched by the intention of this assistance. They express the joy they feel while learning about Dani, and they engage emotionally in the aid. Some have told me their stories about their sick kids, and have asked me whether their disease is Dandy-Walker syndrome. To which, I can only explain what I learned. Some others have asked what else can they do to support, in addition to the financial contribution. I cannot really say much if they are not physically in Addis, but I suggested them to spread awareness about Dandy-Walker syndrome, and perhaps share this story, the story of the many of us engaged in curing Dani.

Pupunen, I will leave you for now, because I know there are many important people there who want to meet you, and I will keep you posted about Dani’s prognosis on Friday.

Help is here!

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Super Dani

A LIFE LOST, ANOTHER MUST BLOOM

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Kristiina Juutinen passed away on February 15, 2014 in a tragic accident in the Danakhil Depresion, Ethiopia. She was a brave and dedicated expectant mother who committed part of her life to help alleviate the suffering of those in need. She volunteered and worked in places like Namibia, Zambia, Somaliland, Ethiopia, Nepal, Italy, and Finland. During her last period in Ethiopia she engaged in curing Daniel Abraham, an eight year old orphan at Sele Enat Mahiber affected by Dandy-Walker syndrome. She liaised with different doctors and aid workers to provide treatment and a potential surgery that would lead to Dani’s recovery.

The Juutinen Lisko and Santamarta Perez families are committed to continue her legacy setting the “Kristiina Juutinen Memorial Fund” in support for Daniel Abraham. They will not recover Kristiina to their lives physically, but wish to dedicate their energy to channel Dani into a healthy condition, from which he could grow and develop as a normal child.

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Daniel Abraham

The families humbly suggest to those who are willing to send flowers or condolence cards for Kristiina’s funeral to, instead, transfer its value into Kristiina Juutinen Memorial Fund. They would appreciate the support of any other donation for the same purpose. Donations can be transferred to:

We are grateful for the support received and will be implementing our project for the next few years.

For the moment we kindly ask to halt donations as the project is sufficiently funded. We will, therefore, concentrate in the implementation phase.

Dani’s health improvement is our utmost desire and focus.

 

Memorial Fund audit will be available to donors upon request.

Daniel Abraham’s surgical intervention and recovery process progress will be regularly posted in this blog, as well as operational requirements and request for potential support.