Sri Lanka

Update: October 2006

October 1, 2006

Madumekala Udayawanthi Ubeywarna is now 12 years old and continues to do well under the treatment with Human Growth Hormone, gaining height and weight. Her family, having lost their house and all their possessions in the tsunami of December 2004, just moved out of the refugee camp, where we met her in February 2005 into a newly built village for 100 families, the I.S.P. Tsunami Village Yayawatta, Palapotha, Seenimodara, close to the city of Tangalle, Sri Lanka.

Madumekala visits the clinic at Karapitiya Hospital in Galle every two weeks with her mother to be seen by Prof. Sujeewa Amarasena, the Head of the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Ruhuna in Galle, who oversees her treatment.

Since the family is very poor and their only income right now is 2,000 Rupees ($20) per month, we are providing the bus fare for the hospital visits as well as the funding for the treatment with HGH. Minerva Fernando, Real Medicine's coordinator in Sri Lanka, also started to supply Madumekala with additional food to support her treatment. The move to the new village makes it more difficult for the children to attend school. They were accustomed to walk to their school, which now is nearly impossible. We are hiring a trishaw for Madumekala and two more children to take them to school and pick them up (400 Rupees = $4/month).

Thank you so much to our generous donors, who are making sure that Madumekala's treatment will be taken care of for the next years to come! We will keep you posted on her progress.