The young Haitian girl brought to Miami for an operation five years ago to remove an 18-pound growth from her face once again needs surgery.
Marlie Casseus, 18, underwent a series of operations at Jackson Memorial Hospital in 2005 to remove the growth, which was blocking her mouth and nasal passages, keeping her from speaking and making it difficult for her to breathe and eat.
Now, the tumor is growing back, once again making it hard for her to breathe.
"Marlie is having difficulty breathing due to an infection," stated Janelle Prieto, Director of IKF's Wonderfund, a non-profit that helps children get medical treatment. "She needs to go in to Holtz Children's Hospital for surgery. She has come so far and has overcome so much - we will not let her die and we are appealing to the community for help."
Casseus, who lost her home and relatives in the January earthquake in Port-au-Prince, arrived in Miami from Haiti this week, but she can't afford the medical care she needs. Wonderfund is trying to raise $150,000 to cover the cost of the new surgeries.
For more information on how to help Marlie, go to www.wonderfund.org.