As eight-year old Keanna Banfield fought for her life in a Miami hospital today, her family appealed to the country for help.
Her aunt, Leah Banfield, told Barbados TODAY that her niece, who was airlifted to the United States on Friday from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, is undergoing tests to determine the cause of her illness which has left the young girl seriously weak and with a hospital bill of more than half a million dollars.
Keanna’s mum, Leah’s sister, Kysha Best has accompanied her daughter. The Christ Church Girls’ School student’s lungs have collapsed, her kidneys are failing, and her heart has weakened, the family reported.
Leah made it clear that the updates she has received focussed on her niece’s organ failure but there had not yet been a diagnosis.
“Keanna fell ill two Thursdays ago, on the fourth. She was at home and she had a very high fever and her skin started to break out in welts, almost like hives and she was complaining for joint pain at the time as well, so they thought it to be an allergic reaction,” she recounted.
Leah said her sister took Keanna to a clinic where she was treated for an allergic reaction, including an infusion of drips which she received “for hours” before they returned home.
“The following night the same thing happened, so they took her to the QEH. They initially thought it might have been an allergic reaction as well and they wanted her to see a specialist … It was more of an emergency because they were going to send her home but she started to … [feel] even more ill so they had to admit her to the hospital,” she noted.
Keanna’s family is appealing to the public to help them financially given the quotation from the hospital of US$340,000.
“That’s why we’re struggling and appealing for help,” she said.
Anyone wishing to contribute can do so at Scotia Bank Rockley where an account, number 714279, has been set up in Keanna Banfield’s name. (DS)