Shana-Kay Campbell was born February 10, 1998 in Jamaica. In September of 2013 at the age of 15 she was brutally attacked by her own father, an event that changed her life forever.
I learned her story in January 2015 and it struck me directly in my heart. It took me weeks to accept the reality of what happened to Shana as she prefers to be called. Through prayer, I found the courage and strength to try and help her better her situation.
While I knew nothing about medicine or how to help her specifically, God opened doors and through hope and faith along with my Circle of Friends, we found a way to overcome the obstacles. When she was told that there was nothing more they could do for her in Jamaica, Shana’s faith in God was rewarded through the efforts of our group.
Today Shana is breathing on her own without the need of a tracheal tube for the first time in 3 years and has returned to school in her native Jamaica. Her hope is to serve others through medicine or social work and use her experiences to give others strength and courage to overcome whatever their situation might be.
As of today Shana still needs help covering some medical expenses as well as saving for her college education. Donations can be made payable to Shana’s Surgery Fund with the link below.
UPDATE: Shana returned to Rochester NY for a week December 27th to visit with Dr. Robert Oliver, ENT at Rochester General Hospital. He found additional scar tissue in her airway from her surgery in August that has forced us to leave her tracheal tube in place for now. Shana's voice-box and trachea look very good after the previous five surgeries but it looks as though another will be needed to remove the remaining blockage. It has been a long year but her prognosis looks excellent. We are aiming to have her return in June after she finishes school in Jamaica.