The Third

The first year was the beginning of a beautiful project. Resilience channeled towards assistance.

The second year was fond memories. Assistance settled, provided continuity to the project, and hopefully Dani felt a glimpse of routine in his daily work.

The third year has being joy through inspiration. You keep strongly inspiring us.

Thank you Kristiina for the values left.

Thank you to those who directly and from the shadows keep believing in this project and in Dani.

Dani In Progress

Hola Kristiina,

Tesfaye has regularly updated on Dani´s progress throughout the pre-surgery, surgery and recovery process. Please see daily excerpts:

Nov. 6th

“Today November six is his admission to the cure hospital. Now he is in the hospital with Alem (the Nani) and the Nurses informed me; the operation will take place by tomorrow. I will late you know everything by tomorrow. I believe every good things will happen for Dani.”

Nov. 8th

“Dani is in operation room now. I will update you after they finish.”
Nov. 8th
“Dr Tim, American Orthopedics surgeon done  Dani’s operation and it  went very well, it takes Dani two hour and half to wake up from anesthesia, by the time he wakes up he is

concision ,alert and oriented. Know he is stable and doing very well.”

Nov. 10th
“I have passed your kiss and your masege to Dani; He is getting better know.
This days the staff at cure hospital and the Nanis from Sile Enat were very caring and supportive for Dani. He is out (discharged) from hospital today; and he has appointment for follow up on November 30,because of the surgery and the cast Dani is in bed in Sile Enat and he is not allowed to sit or stand with his leg for three weeks.

I would like to thank on behalf of you for those who have been giving great support and care for Dani.”

Nov. 20th
“Dani is doing better although he didn’t like it to be on bed all day and night. He has almost made it, he has left with 10 more days for his appointment. Since he was on bed he was having constipation; now he is doing fine with ORS and home made foods. He has many stimulation and encouragement  as much as possible from the care givers and volunteers. I have also able to see him twice a day although i couldn’t do a lot of things on him beside bed side physiotherapy to avoid bed complication.”
Dec. 1st
Yesterday November 30 we take Dani for his appointment in cure hospital,and the long leg cast(cast above the knee) is changed to the short leg cast(cast below the knee) and has
measurement for ankle foot orthosis. Since in the past three weeks Dani was in cast,today when they remove and reapply the cast  it was very painful for Dani. Till he will get better this time is uncomfortable for him. In this second phase as he gets better from the pain he can sit on his wheelchair since the cast is below the knee and he will has better interaction out of his bed. And his next appointment will be for December 14. For this days I have planned to visit him daily and do physiotherapy until he will get better from the pain,that is mainly on the left knee because of three weeks in cast that causes sign of stiffness.

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Minor Surgery, Major Step

Hola Kristiina,
I am glad to pass on to you the following news coming from Tesfaye. There will be a minor event, hopefully turning into a major outcome:
“We have taken Dani to Cure hospital on September 23, 2016 as per
the appointment.
Two Orthopedic Doctors assessed and checked over Dani after
I have explained about his current general health condition; they have
come up with the idea to do minor surgery(tendon release)
over Dani’s left Achilles and hamstring to help him to extend the knee
and to Dorsiflex the ankle joint (to make the foot to stand on it), and
they recommend for him to continue his anti epileptic drugs.
The plan after surgery is to use properly fit knee ankle foot orthosis
(KAFO) for left leg and ground reaction ankle foot orthosis  (AFO)
for right leg to control the ankle instability.
As per Dani’s surgery schedule he will check in on November 6,2016 that will be on Sunday and he will undergo surgery
on the next days (most probably on Monday).
Dani will also have neurosurgey follow up with Doctor Zenebe before
his surgery on October 16.
I have attached for you Dani’s day in cure hospital and
while he was taking hip X-ray as well.”

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The Adolescent

Dani

Hola Kristiina,

Dani looks like a young man. The child we knew is starting to fade away, turning into an adolescent.

Please find Tesfaye’s recount on his last events:

“Dear Roberto; how are you these days?

Dani is doing good and I have passed all your meseges about his
learning, practice and that you are thinking a lot about him as well.
He was very happy and he was saying “eshi, eshi…”that is to say Ok,Ok….

In the last week, Zelalem and I took him out for Dinner out side Sele Enat compound,
it was a good experience for Dani; he was giving his charming face and hand for
greeting to every body passing beside him.

Dani was busy the past weeks beside his class and practice, we also took him for shopping as well to buy for him jackets, tshirts, underwears,
trousers and what he needs especially for this rainy time and he was very happy.

Oona has also come to visit Dani as well.

Dear Roberto;Thank you very much for everything.

Best Regards.”

“Dear Roberto;How are you doing?
Dani is doing fine, he has no epileptic attack even after his last appointment.
he is showing good progression with standing and walking.
And he is still attending his classes,they will close the school
for summer after two weeks.
Thank you very much for everything.
Best Regards,
Tesfaye”

Growth

Hola Kristiina,

Last developments in Dani´s life are positive. While he practices daily, the incidences on his health are diminishing. At the same time, he is growing. Soon, he will be a grown up. In the meanwhile, Tesfaye is taking good care on his routine, encouraging him to continue practicing.

Let me show you a few graphic evidences.

 

Happy Day!

Hola Kristiina,

We are happy to celebrate your birthday today. In different places but similar events took us to wonderful times. We cheer those moments and remind them warmly. Happy birthday Kristiina!

 

Dani is doing good, but his little friend Dani has departed to a different continent. Little Dani will be happy there, and so it is with Dani, although he might not understand it yet.

 

Everything else is good. Dani keeps practicing and visiting doctors regualarly. Soon he will “need knee ankle foot orthosis (KAFO) to support and stabilize the left leg, which is recommended and will be helpful for his symmetry and weight bearing.” We will be happy to support with it.

 

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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.