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UPDATE: Some $3,915 raised for Kelani

-mom sets up First Caribbean Bank account for persons in the VI who wish to donate
Diagnosed with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy following complications at birth, two-year-old Kelani requires treatment that he cannot access in the Virgin Islands and as such he and his mother Lashauna Smith are in the US trying to raise funds to commence treatment. Photo: Provided
“This is a fight. Children with special needs need an advocate and if it has to start with me through my son I accept. I would give anything to be at home but my home is not in a position to help me care for my son,” said mother Lashauna Smith. Photo: Provided
“This is a fight. Children with special needs need an advocate and if it has to start with me through my son I accept. I would give anything to be at home but my home is not in a position to help me care for my son,” said mother Lashauna Smith. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The 'Go Fund Me' online campaign started to fund medical treatment for little Kelani Rolle has so far raised $3,915 out of a target of $25,000 as persons touched by the story of the child and mother continue to give from their hearts.

According to the webpage http://www.gofundme.com/treatmentforkelani the amount donated so far came from 75 persons over a period of nine months.

Kelani has been diagnosed with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy following complications at birth and requires treatment that he cannot access in the Virgin Islands.

Mother of the child Lashauna Smith in a note on the website posted 10 days ago said, “I do apologize to persons who are currently having issues making donations to the site. I am not sure as to why this is occurring. In efforts to make life easier I have acquired a bank account at First Caribbean Bank for those of you in the BVI. Acc# 2345151441 under the name of Kelani Rolle. I am forever grateful to all of you for your heartfelt acts of kindness towards my son and I wish nothing but the immense blessings of God to each and all of you.”

See previous story posted on April 28, 2014:

Mother starts online donor portal to fund son’s care

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - A young mother Lashauna Smith is fighting for her son Kelani to lead a normal life as he has been diagnosed with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy following complications at birth and requires treatment that he cannot access in the Virgin Islands.

She is presently in the United States where she is trying to manage the care of her two year old until she raises enough money to commence his treatment, referred to as Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments. She and Kelani have been in the US for a number of months.

She has started an online campaign to raise funds through a webpage http://www.gofundme.com/treatmentforkelani where to date she has a little over $900 raised of a target of $25,000. The site lists the names of the donors and amounts donated as well as brief personal messages of love, support and well wishes from the donors to the mother and her child.

A statement posted on the webpage written as if in the words of the two-year old child explains that during birth he suffered loss of oxygen from a tight cord around his neck. He also swallowed meconium during birth.

“I had to be resuscitated as I wasn't breathing and I was transported to the NICU where I was placed in an incubator and had to use a ventilator to help me breathe. I had many seizures in my first week of life as well as bleeding on my brain, tachycardia and edema,” the mother writes, adoringly as if her infant were speaking these words.

“I ask that you please make a donation on my behalf so that I may have this treatment at the San Diego Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Center in California. No donation is too small. I thank you all for taking the time out to help me! God Bless,” he ‘wrote’.

According to the mother she is in the process of negotiating with the board of the medical institution where her son requires the treatment to see whether they could make a start with the delivery of some of the care.

“I was speaking to the gentleman today, CSO of the San Diego Hyperbaric Centre and he said that he would speak to the other members of his Board to see whether they could try to work with me to at least do ten sessions,” she said speaking exclusively to Virgin Islands News Online yesterday April 28, 2014. She said 40 such sessions are considered one treatment.

“Hopefully they will agree to this,” she adds. “I want to send a message to the people that it is not about pity. This is not a pity party…this is a fight. I am fighting for my son and children of the Virgin Islands with special needs. We need to realize that children with special needs are very intelligent. Not a lot of them can vocalize and say what they want but they excel in other aspects. And we can’t just throw them by the wayside because they are this small percentage,” she said.

“This is a fight. Children with special needs need an advocate and if it has to start with me through my son I accept. I would give anything to be at home but my home is not in a position to help me care for my son,” she said.

20 Responses to “UPDATE: Some $3,915 raised for Kelani”

  • ccc (29/04/2014, 08:36) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    So moving
  • bay yute (29/04/2014, 09:47) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    This brought tears to my eyes
  • parent (29/04/2014, 10:02) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don't know the mother personally, but as a parent i'm going to make a donation!! Prays goes up for this little boy
  • DON Q (29/04/2014, 10:55) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    all will remeber this child in my prayers
  • weed (29/04/2014, 11:28) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    such a sweet child
  • Amen (29/04/2014, 11:32) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    let the churches please pray for this yute
  • mother of 3 boys (29/04/2014, 11:55) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    times are hard but i will do my best to send a donation it could have been my child
  • BVI Citizen (29/04/2014, 13:36) Like (17) Dislike (5) Reply
    My heart pains for her.. Our country has failed her and has indeed neglected the care and advancement for children with special needs. They stick them in that sorry excuse of a "special needs school" and forget about them... These children needs occupational therapist, speech therapist, physical therapist, orthopedist and the list goes on. Allow them to have the opportunities and resources readily available to them so that they can try to have some sort of chance at a self sufficient life!! We as a people need to challenge Hon. Myron Walwyn and the education ministers after him to look into this and start helping these kids!! Ms. Smith I know your father and you have the same drive and tenacity as he does. He must be proud of you because I am very proud of you!! God bless you and your little one.
  • Agree (29/04/2014, 14:11) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I must agree with the mother of three i will do the same
  • God will turn bad into good (29/04/2014, 16:05) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    First I must say hats off to ms smith not any mother wud do this u are strong n u make it this far u will go further God is with you I'm very proud of you ! Because of pride n gossip they wudnt do this u want your son to live a normal life so u push aside every negativity n come fort I will make my donation stay strong mother God is in your vessel so smile at the storm 2years n still goin
  • a lover of kids but has done (29/04/2014, 19:32) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is so touching my heart goes out to mom and son, I try and do my best to help, its so sad he is so cute I will keep him it my prays Ms. Smith I don't know u but keep the faith an keep trusting in God he will see you through he is always there to help don't give up keep holding on to God and changing hands. Wishing you Gods blessing my sister.
  • kelz (29/04/2014, 21:31) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Shauna and Lani, you guys are in my prayers always. Love you
  • kemmie (30/04/2014, 09:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Very Sad.... i got u
  • Fight for Baby K (30/04/2014, 16:56) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am willing to help! I wonder if this is the case where Peebles allowed a big baby to pass vaginally and then the cord get wrap around his neck and cause the damage... sigh.. God be with you Ms. Smith!
    • truth is hard (12/05/2014, 20:47) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      no peebles didn't, they told her to get a cesarian but the mother declined it over and over again, but yes what you describe is the cause but the fault does not lie with the hospital.
      • Saddened (13/05/2014, 03:03) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        Umm I was in the hospital when she had her baby and they did not offer her a c-section for your info!!! She was begging for one and the midwives ignored her wishes. Though all of this is beyond the point!!!!
  • support (01/05/2014, 14:53) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    1,000 people by at least $25 each will get us there. Can individuals at different firms come together and contribute at least $25 this pay period and have it deposited in the account at FCIB. Like a little partner hand but for baby K?
    • Account Info (01/05/2014, 17:46) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      This is a great idea!! And I just got word that he does have an account at FCIB under the name of Kelani Rolle. Acc#2345151441!! Let's support baby K!! He is just too precious!!
  • Proud Proud (01/05/2014, 17:43) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Kudos to this young mother!! She quit her job to take are of her son and get him the best medical care he deserves! Kudos to her boyfriend/child father who is by her side throughout it all. Working long hours to provide for Ms. Smith and baby K. Be proud Mr. Rolle not all young men would have stuck around; you are the definition of a great father. God bless you all and I will do my part dnd make a donation!!
  • Carlin (05/05/2014, 07:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    After the initial treatments, Ms Smith might consider coming back home as the same treatment is available in Puerto Rico in two places, one as an outpatient. http://www.hyperbariclink.com/TreatmentCenters/TreatmentCentersList.aspx?&cid=USA&sid=PR


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