This loan has been repaid in full!
First Posted On: October 15, 2009
Age: 6 years old
Location: Virginia, USA
Loan Sought: $1,200
Loan Needed For: Initial visit to Defeat Autism Now (DAN!) doctor Warren Levin ($850). Remainder will be used for tests and/or supplements, as recommended by the doctor.
Repayment Terms: 18 months ($66.67/month).
Other Notes: Emre's dad, Kilichan, writes: "Emre was born at 27 weeks of gestation, but was the size of a 21 weeker, that is 1 lb. 2 oz. Emre was one of the smallest born preemies in the States, actually perhaps all around the world, who could make it without any serious defect.
He had 11 surgeries during the first 9 months of his life, including open heart and open lung. He was in an induced coma for 2 months, which was achieved through the use of 5 narcotic drugs stronger than heroine, plus one paralyzing medication. He had numerous infections until he was 3 and was given more antibiotics than one could possibly handle. He has also been on albuterol (which is a known toxin) nebulizer treatments extensively since birth. Although preemies have extremely weak immune systems, he was still given the entire list of [vaccine] shots, plus several other shots specifically given to preemies, including but not limited to the flu shots.
It's been only about 3 weeks since we heard about biomedical treatment, quite accidentally through Cem Kinaci and Ahmet Aydin's websites. We've immediately cut down on casein, and reduced gluten in his diet, started Epsom salt baths and stopped giving him the formula (at night through his g-tube) because it was full of gluten, casein, and other synthetic compounds. We've started him on recommended organic foods. We make a mixture of them every night and give it through his g-tube. And we bought a special vitamin/mineral supplement (Lee Silsby's ASD formula) just yesterday. So, it has been only a short while since we've started making these changes but they've significantly affected him, of course positively. Now his sleep is much better (Epsom salt worked wonders) and he is much calmer in general. He talks more intelligently and is more focused at school, and he almost immediately stopped pinching and biting adults, which was recently a great deal of trouble at school. Overall, we've seen significant positive impact in such a short time period of time that we have no hesitation the DAN way of treatment will help him get over this diagnosis in a very short time frame.
Emre is a lovely and joyful boy (except when he is stuck, you know). As expected from a toddler, he is very curious and has incredible memory (another common trait I believe among autistic kids). It is his second year in kindergarten now, in a special education class. They say he knows every single person in the entire school by name, and it is a crowded public elementary school. His teacher was recently holding his hand and she saw one of the parents approaching, but she couldn't remember her name. She asked Emre and he didn't hesitate a second and even laughed at her because she couldn't remember. And she says he saw her only once, months ago... Recently he called Ms. Dohr, the assistant principal 'Ms. Door and Windows' and everybody burst into laughter. He is, sizewise, probably the smallest kid in the school, and people now call small things in the environment "Emre-size." He's fun, everybody loves him, we are grateful to have him... And we are dying to see the day his diagnosis is dropped; we know that he'll be the perfect child to have..."
Special Note: Emre's family learned about Lend4Health through a neighbor at the playground.
Reference Provided By: Asuman & Hasan T. and Ahu.
Emre's Community of Lenders:
Dana: $20 ["My son is a former 25-wkr, also 6 and in kindergarten. Please feel free to email me directly. Emre is obviously an amazing, intelligent little boy. I wish you all the best."]
Jessica P: $10
Gretchen: $25 ["Tori made me do it! I studied abroad with her in Turkey 20 years ago and she targeted us Turkey Chicks (and dudes) to make a loan:) So good luck to you. I hope this helps a little bit."]
Grandma Gini: $15 ["Celebrates cousin Janet's granddaughter, Kathryn Marie's 3rd birthday Oct. l5, 2009, in Oregon"]
Petra: $10 ["In honor of Karen F's birthday."]
Grandma Gini (again): $27 ["In honor Tori's grandparents, the Lon Clay's, who were married October 27, l938."]
Stacie: $10 ["Emre, what a fighter! Loved reading your story and seeing the picture of you playing your guitar. Cheers to health and happiness. :)"]
Dana C (again): $5 ["Happy Cinco de Linco"]
Evan and Lisa: $5 [Cinco de Linco]
Aimee: $25 ["Merhaba Emre! All my hopes are with your little one!"]
Jeanne: $5 ["Happy Cinco de Linco!"]
Petra (again): $5 ["Happy Cinco de Linco!"]
Renee: $5 ["Cinco de Linco!"]
Amy: $5 ["In honor of my son, Logan, who wanted to donate his allowance to a good cause."]
Grandma Gini (again): $10 ["Happy Cinco de Linco, Emre. Keep smiling!"]
Alida (Alano's mom): $5 ["Happy Cinco de Linco Emre! May God bless you on your way to recovery!"]
Grandma Gini (again): $22 ["Veterans Day salute to Tori's Grandpa Paul Riordan, Army veteran, World War II, Member of The Greatest Generation."]
Patricia: $30 ["Happy Holidays!"]
Bob R: $15 [Re-loaned from Adam's repaid loan.]
Tracy: $20 [Re-loaned from Adam's repaid loan.]
Grandma Gini (again): $5 ["Happy 5th Birthday Kaya on Cinco de Linco, December 5, 2009."]
Megan (again): $20
Grandma Gini (again): $66 ["Thanks to Tori and her family for all their love and work for helping make our world a better place."]
Anonymous: $30 [Re-loaned from Adam's repaid loan]
Patricia (again): $100 ["May you be blessed and have success in getting treatment for Emre. Believe me, it is so worthwhile!"]
Karen F: $10
Petra (again): $15
Dominion Handmade Soap: $20 ["In memory of James. Wishing you the best of everything, Emre!"]
Dana (again): $20
Jeanne (again): $81 ["Good luck little man!"]
Karin: $25 ["Get better Emre!"]
Shirley: $50 ["Be well little man!"]
UPDATES - UPDATES - UPDATES
December 14, 2009: This loan has been fully funded!
December 14, 2009: Promissory note sent to Emre's family for signature.
December 14, 2009: Signed promissory note received.
December 15, 2009: Loan of $1,200 disbursed, via cash, in person! [First Lend4Health loan disbursed in person!]
December 15, 2009: Thank you note: "We always felt at home here in the United States, especially after all that has been done so far for Emre's health. We've been so grateful and sincerely appreciated the medical miracles that were made possible by this great nation and its taxpayers. But there was one thing missing overall, we didn't have our family beside us, and we kind of felt alone... Today, we've realized that you don't need to be blood-related to be part of a great family of people, who are so sincere in what they are doing.
Thank you all so much, and special thanks and kudos for Tori for making this 'family reunion' feeling possible...
We'll keep you posted, and hopefully start paying back like most of you who have contributed here, as soon as possible...
December 16, 2009: Update from Kilichan: "The initial test results revealed Candida Krusei overgrowth in his gut and low Chymotrypsin (indication of poor pancreatic output of 'all' enzymes). And his gut transit time turned out to be over 96 hours (versus less than 24 hours in normal people)... Given Emre's history, symptoms, and initial test results, Dr. Levin requested tons of other tests, they drew 16 tubes of blood for the other tests! Overall, he was very friendly and humble, but very knowledgeable... Our next appt. is on January 27th...The visit was a bit difficult for Emre due to blood drawing, thus exhaustive for us, but Dr. Levin was very pleased to see that we completely understand him and he advised us to keep on doing what we've been doing until the next visit, except for a more structured, strictly -not only GFCF, but YEAST FREE diet, which is even a little bit more restrictive than GFCF. It is going to be a 4-day rotating diet, I guess, he gave us a lot of CDs and papers for details...He had an extremely clean and home-like office, welcoming, helpful and fun staff, and he himself was very joyful and played with Emre, hugged Yildiz, etc... He obviously has the best intention and is voluntarily training special ed teachers in the county as well...We are very happy to be seen by him... And thank you once again for making this possible..."
February 15, 2010: 1st repayment of $66.67 (due February 15) received, on-time.
March 15, 2010: 2nd repayment of $66.67 (due March 15) received, on-time.
April 14, 2010: 3rd repayment of $66.67 (due April 15) received, early.
May 20, 2010: 4th repayment of $66.67 (due May 15) received, late.
June 14, 2010: 5th repayment of $66.67 (due June 15) received, early.
July 10, 2010: 6th repayment of $66.67 (due July 15) received, early.
August 13, 2010: 7th repayment of $66.67 (due August 15) received, early.
September 24, 2010: Update: "We recently had Emre hospitalized for small intestine obstruction and they were talking surgery, but thank Allah, we could avoid it this time and eventually he started eating more now that his obstruction is cleansed, and his supplements have started truly working as he has overall dramatically changed!"
October 15, 2010: 8th repayment of $66.67 (due September 15) has been marked past-due.
October 15, 2010: 9th repayment of $66.67 (due October 15) received, on-time.
November 14, 2010: 10th repayment of $66.67 (due November 15) received, early.
December 7, 2010: 11th repayment of $66.67 (due December 15) received, early.
January 17, 2011: 12th repayment of $66.67 (due January 15) received, late.
February 14, 2011: 13th repayment of $66.67 (due February 15) received, early.
March 10, 2011: 14th repayment of $66.67 (due March 15) received, early.
April 15, 2011: 15th repayment of $66.67 (due April 15) received, on-time.
June 14, 2011: 16th repayment of $66.67 (due May 15) has been marked past-due.
June 14, 2011: 17th repayment of $66.67 (due June 15) has been received, early.
July 25, 2011: 18th repayment of $66.61 (due July 15) has been received, late.
September 5, 2011: The past-due 8th repayment (due September 15, 2010) has been received. This installment has now been marked "late" instead of "past-due."
December 7, 2011: The past-due 16th repayment (due May 15, 2011) has been received. This installment has now been marked "late" instead of "past-due."
December 7, 2011: This loan has been repaid in full!
May 13, 2012: Loan repayments are being sent to lenders via PayPal.