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Please forward widely: ORGAN DONATIONS!!!! LAILA NEEDS A KIDNEY!!!!!! Laila is Lakota and she's only 8 years old - Listen here : /19/lets-takl-about-it-saving-peoples-lives-throug h-organ-donation


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Brigitte T (69)
Tuesday March 8, 2011, 12:43 am
Please help so that this little girl's future doesn't look like the photo above this,,,

Please forward widely and share also outside Care2:
Request circulating thanks to Claire Kaiser

Laila is Lakota and she's only 8 years old... She needs a kidney, O+

8year old Laila Pettigrew is in desperate need of a Kidney transplant. Laila is and has been in the hospital for some time now. Check out Saturday 19th of Febuary 2011 Claire's blog talk radio show about organ donation. You can listen to the recorded show there. The first guest was Laila´s mother Elisha Yellow Thunder, talking about her daughters situation, and giving us all of the information on how we may be able to help save her daughters life.

The second guest, Noel Wagner Hans shares the toughing story of how she donated one of her own kidneys to save her mothers life. I urge you all to tune in and inform yourselfs, maybe you carry the gift of life within you!

You can listen to the latest appeal from her family here (Rosebud Rez) on the March 6th Sunday Reservation Driver

For more information please call 1 800 401 4444 or 970 355 42 52 country code 001

Thank you for any assistance you can offer!



Mary P (157)
Tuesday March 8, 2011, 12:24 pm
Thank you Brigitte, This is so heart wrenching. Noted and wil forward. Hopefully some miracle will happen for her soon. GOD Almighty is Great; I pray that HE will make a plan to save this little angel. Inshallah Ameen.

Brigitte T (69)
Tuesday March 8, 2011, 1:05 pm
Mary, thank you so much for caring and for your help!! May your prayer be heard...
I wish you many blessings!

Barbara W (342)
Tuesday March 8, 2011, 2:38 pm
It's up and moving Brigitte. Thank you for Caring..

Evelyn Z (300)
Tuesday March 8, 2011, 6:28 pm

Agnes H (144)
Tuesday March 8, 2011, 10:55 pm
Noted and thank you Mary for the forward. I hope someone will come forward with a kidney to save this little girl's life and I hope many more people will carry a donor card on them just in case something happens, God Forbid, but they also have to make sure they talked to their family about it. Otherwise they might just block their nearest and dearest's wishes. It has to be talked over with all those who are closest to them. I wish I could, but because of my medications I've been adviced against it by my Dr.

Jeannette A (137)
Tuesday March 8, 2011, 11:21 pm
Noted with a prayer for a successful outcome for Laila...

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 1:01 am
Bless you Brigitte for posting this plea for the little girl. This is my prayer for her that she may find a donor very soon and that she will heal swiftly. Practising Buddhist doctors always call upon the help and divine assistance of the World Honoured Medicine Buddha - thus I am now for the sake of this girl.

'With the Medicine Buddha mantra you can liberate numberless sentient beings from oceans of suffering and bring them to enlightenment.' - Lama Zopa. Tayata Om Bekanze Bekanze Maha BeKanze Radza Samudgate Soha
In the Bhaiṣajyaguruvaidūryaprabharāja Sūtra, the Medicine Buddha is described as having entered into a state of samadhi called "Eliminating All the Suffering and Afflictions of Sentient Beings."

Animae C (508)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 1:48 am
i'm forwarding!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 3:24 am
3/9/2011 6:18 AM

I have O- blood and also have some health issues, but my kidneys as well as my liver are still in good shape. I am willing to donate a kidney should I be a match and the finances could be worked out where I do not have to come off of any money for anything. Deborah "Dusty" Debandi 336-294-3630 Greensboro, N.C. 27407


Natalie Away J (125)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 3:48 am
Noted, thanks Brigitte and to Angelika for forwarding. I hope this little Laila gets a kidney soon.

Gysele van Santen (213)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 4:36 am
noted, thnx, Sioux, for forwarding. will do the same.

Vikram Chhabra (394)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 8:04 am
I hope and pray she finds a donor.

Ahmad D (5)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 8:09 am
thank you sister Mary for forwarding it and sister Briggite for highlighting it. may Allah SWT help this little child,Ameen.

Toni C (508)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 12:29 pm
This poor child! I cannot see her picture, not can I visit the site for some reason, but please note my thoughts and prayers are with her. Wish I could do more.

Brigitte T (69)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 1:09 pm
Toni, I didn't post a picture of Laila but the link on top seems to be working.
Thank you and everyone else for your kind words and all your prayers for the little girl. May her family receive good news soon about a new kidney for her.

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 4:52 pm
Laila may the Great Spirit give you the strength to hold on while help is on the way. Will forward the story. Thanks Brigitte for posting, Sioux for the forward.

Catherine Ignatowski (80)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 5:10 pm
Noted and shared. I wish that I could help, I'd give her one of mine but can't due to chemotheray. I will pray for this dear child.

Regina P (63)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 5:32 pm
We will alll pray for her

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 5:52 pm
Dusty, give the number they gave a call: For more information please call 1 800 401 4444 or 970 355 42 52 country code 001


Linda G (187)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 6:56 pm
Noted and shared and my prayers added to all of yours. Thank you Brigitte for posting.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 7:39 pm
Thanks sending Reiki and prayers for a compatible donor.

Abo r (107)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 8:18 pm
Noted, pray that all who need an organ to have some one to donate.
Safety for all.

Henriette M (154)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 8:28 pm
I lit a candle for Laila & pray for a miracle that a match kidney will be located for this young girl! Thanks Brigitte.

Sue L (73)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 8:58 pm
I've said a prayer for Laila and pray she gets a kidney in time.

Cindy Black (61)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 10:03 pm
I, too, will pray for her and hope it does some good. Thank you, Brigitte and Mary.

Cindy Black (61)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 10:04 pm
Oops! I meant thank you Brigitte, and Dandelion too for forwarding this to me. Will forward on.

Carmen S (69)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 10:33 pm
May God Bless this little girl and hear hers and our prayers that she will get someone to donate. Will forward to Care2 friends and my regular e-mail friends.

Susan L (150)
Thursday March 10, 2011, 3:32 am
I am sending good thoughts that this little girl will receive the kidney she needs, and soon. Thanks for the forward.

Angelika R (143)
Thursday March 10, 2011, 6:11 am
Thank you Brigitte, I had already passed that messge around wich reached me a second time now.

But I wish to add a GREAT BIG KUDOS TO DUSTY Debandy for her most generous and admirable offer, considering her own plight , with her poor dog Kiwi and with her own health issues! What a great lady!

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday March 10, 2011, 6:32 am
I know of another, that has informed me, but is keeping it quiet in public. They have called the number to donate if they should be a match.

Jo-Ann Harris (85)
Thursday March 10, 2011, 7:08 am
Noted. Thank you for the article Brigitte. My prayers are with Laila and Elisha and hope their is a match out here for her. I will spread the news on FB and my other contacts on Care2.

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 10, 2011, 9:41 am
I called the number provided: It went to the Nebraska Medical Center Organ Transplant & Medical Office. They asked me the name of the little girl and all that I had was her first name, that she needed a Kidney and was 8yrs. old and a Lakota Indian.....hoping this would be able to tell them who I was referring to. Does anyone know this little girls last name? Is this little girl in Nebraska? I called the #800 number given as I cannot call out overseas. I gave them my information, blood type and list of illnesses but informed them that my Kidney's were good. They said that they would have to call me back (probably later today or tomorrow) and get back with me on this to get all of the information from me as to my health issues and also hopefully the little girls last name. Hopefully a match can be found and we can save this little girls life. Kudo's to everyone!

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday March 10, 2011, 10:15 am
I can find no name, but I don't have much more time to look. Perhaps Brigitte who put story on can find more. I did find the only two Dr's for kidney treatment in the Lakotah area. The link is:

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 10, 2011, 10:27 am
Dusty, I guess the mother is Elisha Yellow Thunder and her 8 year old daughter is called Laila Pettigrew.
I so admire you for wanting to help this little girl with this incredible generous offer. You will be both in my prayers and hope everything works out. I'm still forwarding this wherever I can, just in case, and hope a match can be found somewhere.

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 10, 2011, 10:42 am
I just received a call back from a "Jane" of the Nebraska Medical & Organ Transplant Center who informed me that due to my Lupus and it being an auto-immune deficiency Disease that they would not be able to transplant my Kidney over to this little girl. I am so very sorry you all. I wanted to help this little girl so much and it saddens me that I cannot do so. I tried, I tried to help. I actually thought that my COPD would be the thing that got into the way but I was ready to tell her that I have had several surgeries over the last couple of years (with this being a factor) and all went well...but they were not so concerned with this as it was the Lupus. I guess that I should have known this, but I didn't. I will continue to post this far and wide as well as on Facebook and my personal e-mail site.
I wish the very best for Laila Pettigrew and her mother Elisha Yellow Thunder in their search to find a Kidney and in Laila's speedy recovery We are all pulling for you little one. God speed!

Alice C (1797)
Thursday March 10, 2011, 12:26 pm

Brigitte T (69)
Thursday March 10, 2011, 1:08 pm
" I guess the mother is Elisha Yellow Thunder and her 8 year old daughter is called Laila Pettigrew. "

Yes, this is their names. (Thank you very much for posting them again, Vivian!!!)

They live in South Dakota, and I'm not sure if they are on the Pine Ridge or Rosebud Reservation, but I heard about Laila on the Rosebud Rez radio station a few days ago when a member of her family made another desperate plea. You can listen to it if you use one of the links in the request I posted at the top of this thread.

Also her mother, Elisha Yellow Thunder, was interviewed a few weeks ago on Claire's radio show (link also available above.)

Gloria Fernandez (20)
Thursday March 10, 2011, 1:11 pm
Noted and shared it. Thank you Brigitte.

Brigitte T (69)
Thursday March 10, 2011, 1:11 pm
I am afraid that for Native Americans it may be even harder to get organ donations, as they are often forgotten in the USA when it comes to medical care, justice, equality and so on. So it is really uplifting to read the responses and comments from this thread.

Prayers do make a difference, they could help this little girl too.

A lot of children and adults are waiting for an organ around the world, they need prayers also, and this is a good reminder of the importance of organ donation.

Brigitte T (69)
Thursday March 10, 2011, 1:16 pm
Dusty, thank you so much for trying, and for caring so much. Such a generous offer!! That would have been a wonderful gift for this little girl but the fact that you are raising awareness in your own way is also very important, so don't be sad. Thank you, thank you!

I wish you many blessings and a good health. Take good care!

Brigitte T (69)
Thursday March 10, 2011, 1:22 pm
Dandelion, thank you so much for all your help and for looking up the link with the specialists. I'll relay it in case they didn't have it.

Many thanks to everyone who' s noted, commented and forwarded this request. Raising awareness can only help and increases the chances of finding a kidney. Thank you for all the prayers and good thoughts you've sent for this little girl.

Laila is just one child among many who need an organ donation but each and every child is worth fighting for!!


SANDRA R (145)
Thursday March 10, 2011, 3:14 pm
Noted and forwarded. Thank you Brigitte.

marie C (163)
Thursday March 10, 2011, 4:20 pm
The Royal Free Hospital London England has had ten successful transplant operations of incompatible kidneys
New treatments have been introduced including ABO blood groups so if little one has a family member with the wrong match it can still be transplanted. I am sure that somewhere in the States hospitals are doing the same
Its worth looking into Anyone who offers to donate can be matched with this new procedure incredible isnt it?
Some of you know my husband donated one of his kidneys to me nine months ago it was done at the same hospital. l I have a candle burning for little one now Thank you for informing us Brigitte please keep us posted.

Chavonne H (46)
Thursday March 10, 2011, 4:28 pm
I hope she finds a donor very soon.

. (0)
Thursday March 10, 2011, 4:31 pm
My heart hurts for this young child I'm calling the the Great Spirit to find this young child a kidney for her. There's nothing he can ot do when we all call out to him the same time open hearts wide and free. Just believe and trust. Thanks Brigitte, Dandelion, Animalspirit, Sioux.

Krasimira B (175)
Thursday March 10, 2011, 8:31 pm
Noted with hope, thank you Brigitte, Sioux and Gloria...

Antonio Calabria PhD (17)
Thursday March 10, 2011, 9:16 pm
Please, someone!

Charlie L (47)
Friday March 11, 2011, 12:15 am
Noted, thank you Bridgette and Sioux for forwarding.

Stelizan L (258)
Saturday March 12, 2011, 4:21 am
Hope our positive thoughts will help this little girl to 'hang in there' until a donor is found - and kudos to everyone for the support!!!

Mandi T (367)
Saturday March 12, 2011, 12:15 pm
God Bless this darling gilrl. Tks Sioux for the forward and Bridgette for the post.

Nancy Billings (125)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 3:39 am
May this Precious little Angel get her Kidney ~ My Prayers are with her and her Family ~ I am going to find out my blood type tommorrow . I wasnt compatible with my Dear Sister but I would love to help this little one ~ Will share this everywhere ~ TY !

Bracha Katz (31)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 4:01 am
I am praying for this sweet girl. Thanks Brigitte.

Trequl M (170)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 9:23 am

Ingrid A (524)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 1:55 pm
I hope the little girl has a new kidney soon. My prayers are with her and her family also.

Alicia N (87)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 4:41 pm
Noted. Good luck and prayers.

Mary T (178)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 5:52 pm
I will be keeping this little girl in my prayers and I hope she gets the help she needs.

Ness F (211)
Monday March 14, 2011, 2:56 am
Blessings and prayers beings sent to this lil one and her family
May her kidney become available immediately and her lil bod accept it!
You may think my comment about her body accepting it to be harsh, yet our family friend's daughter had a kidney transplant when young and her body rejected it 5 yrs later.
They nearly lost her twice.
Good Luck my angel!

Krista Tackett (47)
Monday March 14, 2011, 9:15 am
Noted. One of the most important things you can do is to list that you are an Organ Donar on your Drivers License - if that is available in your state . You also need to let your family know it as well, and there are also forms that you can fill oit stating your wishes to be an Organ Donar. My heart goes out to this child . Being a kidney patient is difficult. My thoughts and prayers are with Laila and her family .God Bless , Little Angel !

Penelope Ryan (178)
Monday March 14, 2011, 10:04 am
Noted, thanks for putting this out there.

Laverne Wallace (59)
Monday March 14, 2011, 11:27 am
noted I hope they find a matck.

Melody Aragorn (135)
Monday March 14, 2011, 1:47 pm
Sent to friends out of CARE2.. Blessed be the soul who helps this child!!

Bruce Eyster (62)
Monday March 14, 2011, 5:27 pm
Noted with Thanks .

Samantha Trosky (152)
Friday April 29, 2011, 6:35 pm
I noted it too and I will also pray for her to get the kidney that she needs! I send warm thoguhts to her fmaily too!

Jeremy P (0)
Monday June 4, 2012, 11:50 am
I am laila's Father Jeremy thank you for all your support and prayers for all those who viewed this page please take a look at laila's website at Please help if you can.
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