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Plea for Keanna

Plea for Keanna
Keanna Banfield

Keanna Banfield

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)

7 Responses to Plea for Keanna

  1. Christina April 16, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Perhaps a Paypal donation account could be set up for her? To make it easier for Bajans and others abroad to donate? If an organization that tech inclined and connected to the family could help facilitate, I would be happy to donate to this lovely little girl.

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  2. Esther April 16, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    The following is a list of donation sites that can be used to donate to the Keana Banfield Medical Support Fund..Over 350,000.00USD is needed and the family has no medical insurance.. the Admins have taken the decision to post this information in our Pinned Spot due to the urgent need of this child. Please note, we do not normally allow for appeals to be made on behalf of a charity.. and any request must be cleared with the admins prior to posting. thank you.. and our prayers are with Keana and her family. you may also keep up with the situation by joining the group Keana Banfield Medical Support

    Donations can be made to the Keana Banfield to her account:
    Name: Keana Banfield
    Donations can be made to her account:
    Name: Keana Banfield
    Account #:714279
    Branch: Scotiabank Rockley

    For persons oversees that want to send money to Keanna’s medical fund account, below are wire transfer instructions for the various currencies.

    US Dollars Wire Transfer Instructions

    Intermediary Bank: JP Morgan Chase Bank
    SWIFT: CHASUS33
    Routing No: 021000021
    Bank of Nova Scotia, Bridgetown Barbados
    Account No: 001058941
    SWIFT Code: NOSCBBBB
    Name of Beneficiary & Account: Keanna Banfield
    Branch: Rockley
    Account No: 714279

    Sterling Wire Transfer Instructions

    Intermediary Bank: HSBC Bank PLC
    Swift Code: MIDLGB22
    Bank of Nova Scotia, Bridgetown Barbados
    Account No.37605518
    SWIFT Code: NOSCBBBB
    Name of Beneficiary & Account: Keanna Banfield
    Branch: Rockley
    Account No: 714279

    Canadian Dollars Wire Transfer Instructions

    Intermediary Bank: Bank of Nova Scotia

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  3. Amanda April 16, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    christine, your comment above, they have account details for overseas trasfers:-

    For persons oversees that want to send money to Keanna’s medical fund account, below are wire transfer instructions for the various currencies.

    US Dollars Wire Transfer Instructions

    Intermediary Bank: JP Morgan Chase Bank
    SWIFT: CHASUS33
    Routing No: 021000021
    Bank of Nova Scotia, Bridgetown Barbados
    Account No: 001058941
    SWIFT Code: NOSCBBBB
    Name of Beneficiary & Account: Keanna Banfield
    Branch: Rockley
    Account No: 714279

    Sterling Wire Transfer Instructions

    Intermediary Bank: HSBC Bank PLC
    Swift Code: MIDLGB22
    Bank of Nova Scotia, Bridgetown Barbados
    Account No.37605518
    SWIFT Code: NOSCBBBB
    Name of Beneficiary & Account: Keanna Banfield
    Branch: Rockley
    Account No: 714279

    Canadian Dollars Wire Transfer Instructions

    Intermediary Bank: Bank of Nova Scotia

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  4. anthea April 16, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    i have just pray for keanna and her family, trust God He will work everything out

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  5. nancy April 17, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Ackee tree restautant in christ church barbados is giving proceeds of today’s sales to help out and the owner of sinbad will be doing the same on sunday. May god be with her.

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  6. Rob April 18, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Helping to save a child’s life is always a worthy and admirable cause and should be supported.
    Before investing my money in such a venture I would like to know what care they are receiving in the USA at such great cost that is not provided free in Barbados.
    If there really is such a difference, I’m sure that “more than half a million dollars” of investment in healthcare in Barbados would go farther in helping Keanna and others like her in the future rather than just sending this money away to fund a profit-driven american institution with no benefit to the island nor the next child who falls ill.

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  7. Nathan April 23, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Having just gone through a surgical procedure at an American hospital, please remember that no one has that kind of money to hand. The hospital will not kick Keana out on the street, and the finances get sorted out later. The parents can say (and it was strongly recommended by a nurse that I do just this, as *most* Americans without insurance do) “Thanks for saving our daughter, we can pay $5/mth”. As Rob says, American hospitals are a money making *business*. They have shareholders and investors who demand profits. Hospitals make their money from those with insurance, and try to gouge those without.
    I also think spending BDS$600k on QEH would be significantly more beneficial then sending forex overseas to an already profitable establishment.

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