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Judah Lovell is an eight year old burn victim. We are raising money to go towards the cost of medical care for him.

Hello everyone,

Judah Lovell is an eight year old boy from Santa Cruz, Trinidad. In the fall of 2009, he was a victim of fireworks gone wrong and his body was severely burnt. He received a skin graft from the hospital however it was botched. Due to lack of medical training and post surgical care, Judah developed severe infections from his skin graft and has been suffering since. His family has endured significant financial and emotional stress due to his health conditions and is desperate for help.

On top of all of this his father, Michael had stroke this past year and as a result lost his job and the family car. Judah is only one of four children in the Lovell family and his family has solely been relying on the support of others during this time as Michael has been dedicated to getting help for his son and has been dealing with his own personal medical issues. His mother has been caring for his three other siblings during this time.

Through the generosity of many people around the world, we were able to get Judah and his father to the United States for corrective surgery in November through Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami,Florida. Dr. Thaller (http://www.jhsmiami.org/body.cfm?id=9319)
is the chief of plastic surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital and has been doing all of Judah's direct care.
It was originally anticipated that Judah and his father would only be here in the U.S for 6-8 weeks. However, due to a very serious infection, and his condition being much worse than anticipated his need for medical care has gone from 6-8 weeks to what is now looking to be 3 more months.

After being treated for infection and waiting for the infection to clear, Judah underwent his first surgery to put tissue expanders in and to also remove keloids that were a direct result of negligent medical care received in Trinidad. He is currently receiving weekly injections into the tissue expanders in order to produce enough extra skin for corrective surgery. If his treatments continue as planned Judah will undergo his 2nd of 3 surgeries later in March.

Due to the unexpected extended stay here in the United States funds for Michael and Judah are starting to deplete and we must turn to friends, family, neighbors, and Facebook friends around the world to unite to help this little boy stay in the United States to finish out the course of his treatment. Judah desperately misses his mother, he has not seen her since November. A petition for a travel Visa has been put in with the US embassy in order for her to come visit him, which may help in healing his weary spirit as well.

I (Erin Joyce) have headed up the giveforward campaigns and will continue to bear responsibility of the finances raised with giveforward.com and www.helpforjudah.webs.com to insure that all money raised goes directly to Michael Lovell (Judah's Father) in order to support them during their extended stay in the United States.

I know this is a lot to ask of people, however please consider making a donation towards the cause.

Thank You and God Bless
Erin Margaret Joyce
and Team Judah

**You can also follow his story on www.helpforjudah.webs.com**
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