Natalia, 2, came to the Hannah Storm Foundation from the Republic of Georgia. She suffers from a large segmental hemangioma over the left part of her face, neck and head. When she was one month old she had an ulceration of her lip, nose, ear and neck.
In Natalia’s country there are no laser treatment options and many of the doctors are not familiar with vascular anomaly conditions. Natalia’s mother originally found the Waner Children’s Foundation through the Internet and through their generous support; Natalia was able to receive laser treatment at the Center of Vascular
Malformations in Children (ZVM) within the Clinic for Pediatric Surgery at St. Joseph Hospital in Berlin, Germany. This yielded automatic results.
Dr. Waner performed an additional two laser surgeries, but Natalia was going to need three more laser treatments, in addition to reconstructive surgery of her nose and lip as a result of the earlier ulceration procedure. With the help of the Waner Children’s Vascular Anomaly Foundation, Natalia’s mother then found the Hannah Storm Foundation through the Internet and reached out for support.
Thanks in part to generous supporters of the Hannah Storm Foundation at an annual fundraising event, the Foundation was able to raise money through a special “fund-a-need” to pay for Natalia’s remaining surgeries.