This is a call to action for Americans to help a baby needing medical care!

Jerrensia September 2010-2I spent Friday morning at the US Consulate trying to get a medical visa for Jerrensia.  Jerrensia was born with arthrogryposis and bilateral club feet.  The arthrogryposis involves her hips, knees and ankles.  She might be able to receive non surgical intervention if she receives treatment while her bones are still green and bendable.

Until the doctor gets Jerrensia to the USA and sees her, I do not think he knows exactly what he will need to do to get her walking.  Right now, her legs are so bent that she is trying to stand up and just cannot stand on her feet!

The officer that denied her visa did not give me a reason.  I asked and he handed me a form letter that says she was denied and that is all.  This is the first time that I can remember that a visa was denied for one of GLA’s medical cases.  First time in 19 years!!!

We have worked hard to get a good reputation for GLA and I have worked with the US Consulate on getting many children out for medical care.  I have not been to the US Consulate since our American adoptive children were evacuated.  Today, the staff is all new.  I told this officer to go and talk to the Immigration and Adoption section.  That they know me well.  I am not sure that he knew what he was doing for a medical visa.  He left the window at least 4 times to check with someone else about her case.

I need people to please contact your representatives and senators and asking them to call the US Consulate and find out why this Haitian child needing medical care was denied.  I had all the paperwork that they asked for.  The only thing I did not have with me was the birth mother.  She did not come to the orphanage until 7 AM and I left at 5:30 AM.  She was on her way with a staff member but did not arrive before Jerrensia’s name was called.

Please contact your local senator and also Senator Mary Landrieu.  She is a huge advocate of children’s rights and especially children in Haitian orphanages!  Go to Senator Landrieu’s web site and click in the top right corner where it says contact Senator Landrieu.

Tell her about Jerrensia CHARLES #AA00131H4N. (This is her visa application number)  Ask her to help Jerrensia.  Ask your own State Senators or Congressmen to help too!

I do not want Jerrensia to stay handicapped because a young officer at the US Consulate made a decision that she could not receive the free care that has been offered to her in the USA.

I have 3 more children needing medical visas right now.  Will they deny them all randomly without giving reasons?  I pray that they won’t.  But we all must act now.  I will not just walk away from this.  Jerrensia deserves a “mama” to fight for her and that is all of us that act!

17 comments (Add your own)

1. Rori Hartzell wrote:
Consider it done. I have sent this on to family and friends who I know will write letters also. Please keep us updated. We pray specifically for Jerrensia by name every night at dinner since we started following your blog. Let me know if there is anything else I can do ! I am so sorry to hear this Dixie. Jerrensia is blessed to have you fighting for her!!

Fri, November 19, 2010 @ 10:27 PM

2. Deb Lambrecht wrote:
I will send a message to our MA folks and Senator Landrieu. This little girl deserves a chance at a full life. I hope she gets it!

Fri, November 19, 2010 @ 10:53 PM

3. Robert Adams wrote:
Thanks Dixie. We are on this first thing in the morning.

Fri, November 19, 2010 @ 10:55 PM

4. ej wrote:
What about help from Canada, if you let me know I would love to help out and see if there is a possibility here! She is adorable she could even stay with us !!! :) I know there are steps you have to follow but if there is ANYTHING that can be done here please contact me, we are located in Northern Alberta!

Fri, November 19, 2010 @ 11:41 PM

5. carol reichart wrote:
Dixie, I just saw Anderson Cooper's 360 segment about how the bill to allow the Haitian orphans that were evacuated become US citizens has been taken off the House agenda and is rumored to have the "Dream Act" attached to it! If that hinders the passage of the Haitian Orphan bill's passage then it will have to be rewritten and will start the process all over again!!!!! Criminal!! So tell your Congressmen to get that bill passed on it's own accord!

Sat, November 20, 2010 @ 12:37 AM

6. Karen Hamilton wrote:
Consider this done. I am willing to help in anyway I can. I am in Indiana and will do anything I can to help this sweet baby.

Sat, November 20, 2010 @ 1:54 AM

7. Kelly D < :) wrote:
Great to hear how sweet Jerrensa is growing :) I am praying hard for Jerrensa's situation and that everybody involved will do the right thing to help her get the medical help she needs and deserve. And yes I will contact my legislators to investiate what is going on on the consulate. I love you and am praying for you and all the wonderful work you do for those sweet children like Jerrensa! XOXOXOXO Kelly D < :)

Sat, November 20, 2010 @ 3:45 AM

8. Gail Colaco wrote:
Sent the following off to my congressman: AN OPEN LETTER TO: Congressman Buck McKeon November 20, 2010 Dear Congressman McKeon, You asked for my address which I stated as confidential but I will say that I am in your Congressional district and a voter as well as a conservative activist. I am the webmaster for Citizens For A Better America (R) (CFABA.ORG) and we have been threatened and as a result of this our voting information is listed as Confidential and I would like it to remain that way. Recently I was asked by Dixie Bickel of God's Littlest Angels (GLA) in Haiti to contact you. She has asked me to contact you because they are having difficulty with the US Consulate in Haiti as regards getting a Medical Visa for a child who already has the medical services she is seeking paid for. All that is needed is the Visa. As Dixie explains this child, "was born with arthrogryposis and bilateral club feet. The arthrogryposis involves her hips, knees and ankles. She might be able to receive non surgical intervention if she receives treatment while her bones are still green and bendable." This is a time sensitive matter and this is the first time in 19 years that GLA has been denied a Medical Visa. Please contact the US Consulate in Haiti and find out why this Haitian child needing medical care was denied. Her information is Jerrensia CHARLES #AA00131H4N (This is her visa application number). You can find more information about this matter at: Carbon Copy made available to Citizens For A Better America (R) (CFABA.ORG), OPENLETTERS.INFO project project. And GLA Gail Colaco

Sat, November 20, 2010 @ 7:09 AM

9. Georges Gauvreau wrote:
Jerrensia is such a lovely girl, she is a fighter and I am sure that if she receive all the surgery needed she will be able to fight and heal properly. I have seen her growing and she deserves to be treated properly. May God continue to watch upon her and grant you the needed visa for her. Much Love and prayer!

Sat, November 20, 2010 @ 9:43 AM

10. Cathy wrote:
Dixie, I have written. We were actually wondering if you do medical visa adoptions and wondering if you could contact us. Praying she gets to come for treatment and that the other three come too.

Sat, November 20, 2010 @ 10:14 AM

11. Caitlin wrote:
Pleaded with 3 senators on your, and Jerrensia's, behalf. Keep up your good work!

Sat, November 20, 2010 @ 10:48 AM

12. Melissa wrote:
Email on the way to Senator Landrieu & others forthcoming to the ones from TX. We will be praying for the Lord's favor in this situation.

Sat, November 20, 2010 @ 4:47 PM

13. Kelly D &lt; :) wrote:
((((((DIXIE))))))) I am in the process of contacting Congressman Doug Lamborn. He is our representative here in Colorado Springs and he is your congressman too since you have the house here. He was also very instrumental on seeing that my friend David's remains were found after the earthquake. I wrote a letter and am going to make a special trip to the local office to make sure that he sees it. YOU ARE MY HERO!!! Keep up the GREAT work!!! love ya! KD < :)

Sat, November 20, 2010 @ 8:43 PM

14. Katie wrote:
I have posted this on my facebook page. I will do everything I can to help Jerrensia.

Sun, November 21, 2010 @ 2:48 PM

15. anita geuze wrote:
Hi Dixie Can we do something from Holland for Jerrensia or the other baby's.What is possible for children from Haithi with medical problems in Holland??Jerrensia is in our hearts,wish we could do something for her and the other ones. Is it possible to get her to Holland?I shall take care of her! greetings geuze family

Sun, November 21, 2010 @ 4:30 PM

16. Beth Ann Anderson wrote:
Contacted Senators Landrieu, Grassley and Harkin. Please keep us updated. Jerrensia has such a beautiful smile, and she sure has grown!

Sun, November 21, 2010 @ 9:00 PM

17. Deboah Lee wrote:
Praying and placing the matter before the DOS.

Mon, November 22, 2010 @ 4:05 PM

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