THANK YOU for helping us reach our goal! You have made Maria’s healthy and happy future a possibility! 1-year-old Maria Sargsyan is a little ball of energy from the moment she opens her eyes. One can’t help but fall in love with her endearing smile and warm heart.
Maria was born in July of 2013 in Yerevan, Armenia with a strange rash on her body that extended as far as her scalp, eyes, and even the skin underneath her fingernails, immediately alarming her medical team as well as her mother, Asya. At the Muracan Hospital in Yerevan, doctors diagnosed Maria with Langerhans cell histiocytosis—a rare, life threatening disease in which excess Langerhans cells, the white blood cells which normally help the body fight off infection, build up in the body. Langerhans cell histiocytosis can affect the lungs and liver and damage these critical organs as the excess cells form tumors.
After seven months of chemotherapy treatments, Maria’s doctors believed they had cured her. To their dismay, Maria’s disease relapsed and quickly spread to cells in her ears and lungs. Without the medial resources to continue treating Maria’s condition, doctors in Armenia gave her no hope for survival. Asya, however, was not ready to give up on little Maria and fought her way to the United States in search of better treatment options for her beautiful daughter.
Maria is currently being treated at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where her doctors hope for a full recovery! In spite of her doctors’ prognosis, Maria cannot get through this on her own. Bridge of Health, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has been supporting Maria and Asya during the duration of her stay in the U.s. as she receives her treatments. The road to recovery will be long and arduous as Maria will need continued, extensive, and delicate care in the months ahead.
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