Dania’s Story

Dania Castro is a vibrant and playful girl from our POI center in Villa Nueva.  Dania is in the 4th grade and has attended POI since 1st grade.  She lives with her mother, Maria Teresa, and is the fifth of six siblings. Her mom is a single mother and lives with a very limited budget.  Maria usually washes neighbors clothing or cleans or their homes to earn a very little income.


At a first glance you would never guess Dania suffers from the terrible diseases Vasculitis and Osteomyelitis. Vasculitis is a term for a group of rare diseases that cause inflammation in the blood  vessels. There are many types of Vasculitis and they all vary in symptoms, severity, and duration. Most types of vasculitis are rare and the causes are generally unknown.

Osteomyelitis is an infection in a bone. Infections reach the bone by traveling through the bloodstream or spreading from nearby tissue. Infections can also begin in the bone itself if an injury causes prolonged exposure germs to the bone. In children, osteomyelitis most commonly effects the long bones of the legs and upper arms.

Dania  was  diagnosed  with  vasculitis  when  she  was  1  year  old.  Throughout her  short  9 years  she  has  gone  through  several  surgeries  which resulted in the amputation of her  fingers and  toes. Every  school  year  she  is in need of  special  shoes because  her  feet  are  wider  than  usual.  Her shoes need to be comfortable so that they do not hurt her feet. Her POI sponsors, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hudnall, have been so gracious by providing her with these specialized shoes.  Sadly, the disease has taken  a  toll  on  her  health. After being hospitalized for 15 days, her left leg was amputated above the knee.

When our POI team visited Dania we were gladly surprised.  Although the pain was visible, she was very energetic! The doctor even mentioned that she had been telling jokes and sharing her excitement to go back to school.  Doctors  say  they  are amazed  at  her  fast  recovery and  her  correct  mental  health.  She was released from hospital care last Wednesday and is enjoying being home. As of now, she needs a wheelchair, but eventually will need a prosthetic leg.  She will also continue treatment for both diseases and physical therapy. All these treatments are expensive.

We ask for your prayers upon her and her family. May she keep her vivacious spirit and may  all the  complications and changes that  will follow this procedure  shape  her into a girl  of  faith  and  not  turn  her  away  from  God.  At the  moment,  we  have  provided  her family with a Tube of Love (TOL)  and we have started looking for the right wheelchair for Dania!


“I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me.”

Matthew 25:36


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