The process has started for 8-year-old Geraldine DeBrum. DeBrum is the young girl who has flown all the way from the Marshall Islands to Redding for medical care.
Nine months ago DeBrum dislocated her elbow. Shasta Orthopaedics decided they wanted to help and put the word out. Many local organizations got together to help, including the Palo Cedro Seventh Day Adventist Church .
Donette Jones is part of that church and is housing DeBrum and her mother. She said that her son has been to the Marshall Islands for missionary work. And she said thorough him she became aware of the medical need there.
"I have grand-kids her age,” said Jones. “And when you see someone that just because of circumstances beyond them that they weren't able to get that care I would feel bad if it was one of my grand-kids if they were not able to get care for something, you know who wouldn't help an 8-year-old? "
DeBrum spent some time at Shasta Orthopaedics to get ready for her surgery on September 2.
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To make tax-deductible donations and get updates on Geraldine’s surgery, please visit our You Caring page.
Updates on Geraldine’s journey are also available at our Facebook page “The Marshall Islands Project”