UPDATE: 24 September Helen Keller has now been taken off the very strong drug and her little profile looks almost normal. She is still hugging her carer !!!
UPDATE: 13 August. Helen Keller is looking so much better. She is on the 3 medications recommended and her face is starting to look a more normal shape. Her carer Emely thinks she may be able to see just a little now so fingers crossed she gains more vision as the crytpcoccus abates. HK will still be on treatment for many months but it's so wonderful to see this super duper love bug doing so much better. I just did an update on our fb page. Jenny
UPDATE: Helen Keller saw two separate specialist last week. We have been advised to start her on a third medication and that she no longer needs antiobiotics for her eye as it is related to the cryptococcus not an infection. She is definitely improving. Jenny
Helen Keller was found early June by one of our carers walking around blind. She was emaciated and starving.
HK had a strange shaped head and immediately we were worried it was a cryptococcal infection (fungal infection caught from pigeon poop). The disease was so advanced, it has caused her blindness. Despite this, HK is an exceptionally affectionate girl who is so grateful to be safe, warm and loved.
Helen Keller is on two drugs as the disease is so advanced. The treatment will be for a minimum of a year. It is very treatable in its early stages but harder to shift in it's more advanced stages. Our Hercules also had it badly and has reached the point where he has has healed well after 6 months of treatment and is very happy and we are hoping HK will achieve the same benchmarks as Hercules.
Please help us fund the ongoing costs of Helen Keller's care and treatment. She is only around 1 or 2 years old and a very special girl who is worth every chance to give her a wonderful life.