This post will be brief.
I am so sad to report that Baby Fidelis' surgery in Toronto did not go forward on August 18, 2015 as scheduled.
A monetary dispute between Fidelis' family and the family advocate, Joseph, has erupted and interfered with the scheduled surgery. Serious allegations have been made and the police are now involved. I don't have too many details and I'm looking for positives in this matter.
The advocate says no funds have been stolen or lost. So if he can be believed, that is good news. However to the best of my knowledge, the funds haven't been transferred to Baby Fidelis' family yet. Neither have the Canadian visitor's visas been given over to the baby and her mother.
A bit of good news is that the hospital in Canada says they will open a new surgery date for Baby Fidelis if the family can get to Canada soon. Major hospitals in Kenya cannot do the type of surgery that Baby Fidelis requires which is why she has to travel abroad.
The challenge is that Baby Fidelis has a team of doctors that have travelled to do the surgery. They come from different countries and cannot indefinitely stay in Canada waiting for the baby and her mother to arrive. I've heard that the doctors will remain in Canada for 3 more weeks in hopes that the family can come up with the funds to fly to Toronto and to cover travel insurance.
Another bit of good news is that the county government where Baby Fidelis and family reside in Kenya, have officially gotten involved in this case due to it's high profile nature and the devastating turn of events.
The Honourable Joseph M. Mbai, Chief Officer (Health & Sanitation) in Muranga County has contacted the Canadian Consulate in Nairobi concerning re-issuance of travel visas. Once visas are in hand, the county government will also pay for air travel for Baby Fidelis and her mother. The baby and her mom will stay with a host family in Canada. The host family originates from Kenya and can communicate with the mom in Swahili. The host family members will also escort the baby and mother to the hospital each day. The only remaining issue seems to be the general maintenance involved in half a year's stay in Canada. Good Kenyans are now frantically fund-raising once again to help make all this happen very soon.
Sadly, this child has been caught in the middle of a dispute and it appears that the family advocate has seriously let her down. As each day passes, the baby's face becomes more disfigured and the needed surgery becomes more complicated.
Please continue to pray for this baby and her family.
Note: I have revised, updated or deleted some of my earlier blog posts regarding Baby Fidelis and the advocate and will continue to try and do so. Particularly those requesting donations be sent to the Hope Foundation in Kenya., an organization helping the very disabled in Kenya. As a result of this dispute, the police have now frozen the Hope Foundation's accounts pending resolution of this matter. No funds should be sent there.