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Ravid Sulam, Burn Victim in Cincinnati, Needs Your Help
6 years ago, in the nation of Israel, Ayelet Sulam, mother of Ravid Sulam, was told that there was no hope. That Ravid, who was two at the time, would not survive. That the doctors would try there best, but there was little that they could do. That even if she were to survive, she would have to have her arms amputated. Little did they know that none of this would be true. Ravid now lives in Cincinnati with her mother, sister, and brother, brought here because of the compassion of Shriner's Hospital and the hospitality of those around her.
How did this all start? When Ravid was 2, her father was having trouble lighting a fire on a grill and decided to use a combustible fluid to help. Little did he know that this would cause an explosion that would cause him to catch on fire, along with Ravid. While he saved his own life, his wife risked her own to save Ravid's. Both of Ravid's parents recovered with non-life threatening injuries, but Ravid was not expected to make it. Not at her age, not with the severity of her burns. Even though survival, an amputation or two was certain and even scheduled. The day before Ravid's scheduled date of amputation, her mother discovered the best thing for her daughter: Shriner's Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. Shriner's only accepts the worst, as far as burns go, so with Ravid's third-degree burns and some even worse, she was accepted immediately. Saving her arms, legs, and most of her fingers, she is considered a miracle.
Ravid currently goes to Plesant Ridge Montessori. Her brother and sister, Adir Sulam, 13, and Allie Sulam, 17, go to Walnut Hills High School, both schools being part of Cincinnati Public School. All three are in a community that taught them English, provided for them, and helped them remain strong throughout these tough years. Ravid has kept her arms, legs, and most of her fingers. Allie has been accepted into her dream college. The only major problem that they were not able to handle is the issue of visas: They were granted tourist visas, which require that they are self-sustainable. The only problem is that legally, none of them are allowed to work in the United States. To combat that, they have recieved numerous donations from a family that they got to know. However, two months ago, the family decided that they could no longer support the Sulam family. Also, Ravid's parents divorced and the father refuses to take responsibility for what happened. Their visas expire in April. So what?
They're getting deported.
Although they will probably be able to stay for Allie to graduate, they will be forced to go back to Israel with no life, money, friends, or support. Ravid will still need surgeries every year, as her body grows as the skin does not. Allie will be forced to serve in the Israeli military for two years, abandoning her dreams of college. To continue to stay in the United States, they will need monetary support. Please send any donation possible to:
Adath Israel Men’s Ravid Sulam fund
3201 Galbraith Road
Cincinnati, OH 45236
Thank you for your time and consideration, please help them stay in the United States.