LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Many of us think of the WHAS Crusade for Children as a local or regional charity, but the newest addition to the Miracle Dancers shows everyone's generosity to the Crusade has gone international.
Nurse Kayla Cook went to Zambia to provide basic medical services. There she met Matildah who was living with untreated tuberculosis in her spine. With the help of an American diplomat, Kayla was able to bring Matildah to the United States for treatment.
"She had spinal T.B. and it was untreated, and so it left her with paralysis of her lower body. So, she had cervical surgery at Floyd Memorial Hospital, but since that time Kosair has picked up all the physical therapy and the second surgeries that have occurred," Kayla said.
Floyd Memorial and Kosair Children’s hospitals receive grants from the Crusade and during her time at Kosair, Matildah learned about another group helped by the Crusade, the Miracle Dancers.
As the newest member of the Miracle Dancers, Matildah is making new friends, and of course, learning to dance. Kayla said dancing with the Miracles is improving Matildah's overall health, especially that of her spine and legs.
"Just a way to really stretch her and to help her to get to be even more, having more ability than she already does. I believe she'll be walking soon," Kayla said.
Diane Chambers, director of the Miracle Dancers, said Matildah started out a bit shy, but now, three months later, she is a special part of the team.
Don’t forget the 60th Annual WHAS Crusade for Children is June 1 and 2, and this year we are looking to to $6,000,000 for the first time to celebrate the 60th anniversary. We need your help to get there!