Gift of Life, Little Girl Goes Home
Updated: Tuesday, September 10 2013, 08:25 AM EDT
We've all heard: "it takes a village to raise a child", but as News 13's Jay Siltzer shows us in our Health Alert, it has taken an entire community here in the mountains to help heal a child burned in the Philippines.
A diminutive 3-year-old burn victim from the Philippines, who arrived in Hendersonville this past may, now prepares to go home nearly ten pounds heavier and with increased use of her hands.
Princess Malapitan can now move her fingers and wave her arm for the first time since a devastating fire at her home outside Manila in 2011.
The Rotary Gift of Life Program brought the young girl to Hendersonville for donated treatment designed to improve movement and reduce scarring.
Dina Malapitan, Princess' mother, "she handled it very well. She would never take any pain medication after the surgery."
Eileen Decarle, RB, BSN, Pardee Surgical Director, "she has a lot of self confidence, and just the change for her mentally is going to be huge for this girl growing up."
Dina, "it's changed my daughter's life. So she will be a better person someday."
All the while learning the love of others half a world away helped with a long recovery.
Princess continues receiving physical therapy until her departure later this month.
Her doctors and nurses expect she will eventually have full function in both hands.
Special Report: Gift of Life