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Marlie Casseus is taking a first step toward a new life with today’s surgery. Surgeons are today attempting to remove a disfiguring 16 pound tumor that is also threatening her life:
Surgeons completed their surgery on Marlie late last night. Local10 says she is in critical, but stable condition. The outcome of her surgery is unknown.
Update (12/16/2005 2:42pm):
Marlie Casseus’ surgery went great and much better than expected:
Update (12/17/2005 7:38am):
Details of Marlie Casseus’ operation are now coming out:
Click the link in the excerpt above to read the full story; it’s amazing what the surgeons have done.
Update (12/17/2005 7:39pm):
This is a photograph provided by Jackson Memorial Hospital of Marlie Casseus after her surgery.
photo credit: NBC6
My heart really breaks for this little girl, but thanks to God and many, many good people around the world Marlie has taken the first step toward a new life and I’m so happy for her.
NBC6 has the incredible story of her surgery: [ click here ]
Update (12/21/2005 2:24pm):
I just spoke with the hospital about Marlie; her condition has been upgraded from “critical, but stable” to “good.”
Update (1/16/2006 7:32am):
Marlie has a second surgery scheduled for January 26th. I’ll see what I can find out.
Update (1/16/2006 4:07pm):
Here’s the latest on Marlie from the good folks at International Kids Fund:
Marlie is doing fine. She’s resting and gaining strength, watching TV, reading and playing. Marlie has really enjoyed all the cards and the gifts that people have sent to her.
Marlie was asked recently how she felt; she said that she felt “light.”
Marlie is on campus now. And she is looking forward to her next surgery on January 26th at Holtz Children’s Hospital.
During this second surgery, surgeons will focus on debulking her jaw/lower lip area. Surgeons will also use a titanium plate to reshape her jaw. The surgery is expected to take about seven hours.
Best wishes Marlie, God bless.
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International Kids Fund continues to collect donations for Marlie. Her next surgery is expected to cost $90,000 USD.
IKF Wonderfund (Marlie Casseus)
Update (1/26/2006 1:43pm):
Marlie is having her second surgery today. Her doctors will unveil the results of her surgery during a press conference tomorrow at UM/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.
Update (1/27/2006 8:20pm):
Tonight, Marlie is in critical, but stable condition after surgeons removed the remaining mass on her face yesterday. Dr. Jesus Gomez—University of Miami Miller School of Medicine maxillofacial surgeon—said he considered the operation “as successful as the first one and even more so, as Marlie’s face is now visibly free of the mass.”
International Kids Fund (IKF) said that during Marlie’s second surgery, “the medical team focused on reconstructing Marlie’s mandible and the articulation that unites her mandible with the lower part of her skull. In addition, doctors fixed the floor of her mouth to allow her to move her tongue and chew. For the reconstruction, they made an incision in her neck and lower lip, opened her mandible like an open book, removed the mass—which, after being split in two, was the size of two big fists—and inserted a titanium plate to replace the bones in the area that had been affected by the dyplasia.”
Marlie will require two more surgeries and IKF continues to raise funds for those surgeries. “We want to thank every single person who contributed to Marlie’s healthcare; we couldn’t have done it without them,” said Maria-Luisa Chea, director of IKF. “Let’s unite once again to finish what we started. What we have achieved so far is just the tip of the iceberg; we ask the public to continue their support, as we cannot turn our backs on Marlie now that she is so close to leading a normal life.”
Donate here [ Internation Kids Fund: Marlie Casseus ]
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute ocular plastic surgeon Kami Parsa and University of Miami Miller School of Medicine surgeons Giancarlo Bland and Vincent Coviello took part in the procedure.
Best wishes Marlie, our hearts and prayers will continue to be with you.
Update (3/20/2006 7:00pm):
Last update I received was that Marlie would be recuperating in Haiti. And she’s supposed to be doing well.
Update (7/12/2006 11:38am):
Marlie Casseus will be having her third surgery tomorrow, July 13th, at 8am.
Remember her in prayer that all will go well.
Update (7/13/2006 2:53pm):
No word on Marlie’s condition yet, still waiting.
Update (7/13/2006 8:00pm):
Here’s the update I received:
Marlie Casseus underwent her third surgery earlier today at Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami. The surgery began at 10:18 a.m. and was completed at 6:58 p.m. During the eight hour and 40 minutes operation and reconstruction of the upper mid portion of her face, Marlie’s nasal bridge and upper lip were formed and the separation of her eyes was corrected.
Marlie is currently in critical but stable condition in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
Update (7/14/2006 6:37pm):
This is a copy of the press release regarding Marlie’s third surgery:
A higher resolution image of the above photo is available; just email me. The photo is about 1 mb in size.
Best wishes to Marlie; get well soon!
Update (7/19/2006 7:45pm):
Latest update on Marlie’s condition:
She is in the Intensive Care Unit, in good condition and recovering well from the surgery.
Update (8/7/2006 7:33am):
Did anyone see the story about Marlie on Discovery Health last night? It was heartbreaking in ways, seeing how Marlie has suffered. I was really touched when I saw Marlie cry after seeing herself in a mirror after her first surgery. Marlie was really looking good after the second surgery and I imagine that after her third surgery she’s even better! Marlie has been through so much, but she has made great strides toward a new life thanks to many good people.
Thanks to all that have helped her; without you, where would she be today?
God bless you and God bless Marlie and her family.
Update (9/28/2006 8:30pm):
International Kids Fund (IKF) held a press conference today that included Marlie Casseus and her mother (Maleine Antoine), Dr. Jesus Gomez, and María Luisa Chea, International Kids Fund director. Here are some photos from the event courtesy of IKF (click the image to see it full-size):
IKF said Marlie’s fourth and final surgery will take place October 5th at Holtz Childrens Hospital. Funds are still needed for Marlie’s surgeries so give if you can. Here is today’s press release regarding the event:
Thanks IKF for doing so much to help Marlie; God bless you, Marlie, her family, and the many good people who have reached out to help a little girl in desperate need.
Update (10/5/2006 11:26am):
Marlie Casseus is having her fourth and final surgery today at Holtz Childrens Hospital in Miami. Keep her in your prayers.
Update (10/7/2006 7:33am):
Marlie’s surgery apparently went well Thursday. During the nearly six hour surgery, Dr. Jesus Gomez and his team of surgeons reconstructed marlie’s lower portion of Marlie’s face. The orginal titanium plate was removed, and replaced with a new and improved titanium plate. Friday, Marlie was said to be in critical, but stable condition. Best wishes Marlie.
Here is a photograph of Marlie after the surgery:
Update (1/19/2010 10:38am):
IKF’s Wonderfund joyfully report’s this morning that Marlie Casseus and her family survived the devastating earthquake.
Another of Wonderfund’s kids, Dahana David, also survived as well as a “beloved” volunteer—Gina Eugene.
In an effort to help suffering Haitians, Wonderfund has launched Haiti’s Children Fund. It is collecting donations via their website: www.wonderfund.org/donate.php
It says the donations will be used to provide “life-saving medical care to Haitian children that must receive care in the U.S.”
Great news this morning; thank the Lord!