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05/16/08- Longview

Belize Toddler Goes Home, Cured From Skin Ailment

It's hard to believe that Emie Salam went from "crying" and "scratching" to now playing peek- a -boo and "smiling".  "For me, it is a great joy to know that she is much better. Now, I will return to my country with so much happiness knowing that she's ok and that she's better now," says Emie's mother, Erica Meja. 

Three East Texas doctors at Longview Diagnostic Medical Center offered to treat Emie's skin conditions at no cost. They found she was suffering from multiple food allergies as well as a staph infection. And along the way, Emie found it was more than the doctor's who had giving hands.  

"So many things have been donated just by generous East Texas people who have had a heart and saw the story. Things have come flooding in and we can't even take everything back," said Lorrie Pitre, of Compassionate Hearts Alliance. Compassionate Hearts Alliance is a mission's group that flew Emie and her mother to the United States. 

Now, the little girl whose face used to be hidden is now clearing up all thanks to a miracle.  "Now, she's just making her own little way and getting involved with other people and  being a little kid and just loving her toys. She's getting stronger, she's sitting up on her on, and holding her own bottle which she's never done before," said Pitre. 

With the twinkle in her eye you can tell that Emie is doing things on her own and trading in tears for laughs.    

"Emie has a very bright future ahead of her. She's definitely going home a much better child," said Pitre. 

Emie and her mom are heading out at 4:00 a.m. in the morning to return back to Belize.

Her mom wants to thank all of the generous East Texans who made donations, prayed for Emie, or just gave her a big hug. 

LaKecia Shockley, Reporting

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