The viral story about Liza Scott who was flooded with donations reminded people about the broken healthcare system in the country.
7-year-old Liza Scott's family was devasted to learn that their beloved girl suffered from three rare brain malformations which caused her Grand Mal Seizures. WIAT reported that the girl was recently diagnosed with schizenchephaly, a rare birth defect, wherein the cerebral hemispheres of her brain had a cleft or a slit. This can occur on one side of the brain or on both sides. In Liza's case, she had a cleft on the frontal lobe of the right side of her brain.
The Alabama girl required surgery as soon as possible to prevent any further symptoms like brain bleeding, seizures, hemorrhage, or stroke that could take a life-threatening turn. Unfortunately, her family did not have the adequate financial resources to cover the cost of the flight, (Liza and her mom were to fly to Boston), the surgery, and even insurance. "As a single mom and the financial supporter of both my children, this is not something you can budget for," said Elizabeth, the girl's mother.
Thus, the youngster took it upon herself to raise the money through a special initiative. According to Kiro7, Liza began selling a special lemonade at a stand inside of a Homewood bakery to help cover the cost of her medical care. Soon word spread about the child's medical condition, and people began pooling in their donations. Between Liza's lemonade stand and her Mighty Cause fundraiser page, she managed to raise over $285,000 to cover the cost of the operation. Although Elizabeth had bought extra insurance to help pay for the surgery, she was worried about coming up with the almost $10,000 that was required for the flight and hotel stay.
Thankfully, the family received more than $10,000 in cash donations and were also offered free flights and housing for their upcoming journey and stay in Boston. The unexpected outpour of supportive response left Elizabeth emotional. "You have no idea how loved we feel," she said, adding, "It’s been overwhelming, but amazing. It’s kind of allowed me to step away from some of the emotions. But at the same time, it’s emotional in a different way, because I never expected any of this…America is really…really great…." The stand is situated at Savage’s Bakery, which is co-owned by her grandfather Van Scott, and her mother.
I saw another one about an all-homeless troop of girl scouts trying to sell cookies in all 50 states and I'm like... WHY THE FUCK ARE ALL THESE CHILDREN HOMELESS— Xy, ❄🦊 Queen (@XylariaVG) February 28, 2021
Scott shared how amazing it was to see good people come forward and help out his granddaughter. "We are so appreciative," said Scott. "It’s going to make a huge difference to my daughter, Elizabeth, and to Liza. Thank you so much." According to WFLA, Liza will be flying to Boston on Thursday morning to undergo the first of her three brain surgeries. "I can’t handle it. So, I hope I make it," said Liza who is afraid of facing whatever lies ahead. "My mom keeps saying I’m going to, but I feel like I’m not." Elizabeth revealed that they would continue selling lemonade even after her daughter's recovery and use the proceeds to help other families who are undergoing a similar situation. As heartwarming as it was to see the community coming together to help the girl, the devastation that followed was in equal measures.
this is not an “uplifting” story, it’s depressing AF.— Naveed Jamali (@NaveedAJamali) February 28, 2021
This latest incident lay bear the bitter reality of the health care system that needed a young girl to resort to alternate means to raise money for a shot at survival. People quickly took to Twitter and expressed how shameful the current condition of healthcare was in the country and demanded a better system. User Amil wrote: To frame a story of a 7 year old selling lemonade to fund her life-saving brain surgeries as anything other than abject societal failure is deranged. Another Aidan Smith shared: The fact that a seven-year-old has to raise money for her own brain surgery is so unfathomably evil that no words could possibly do it justice. We need Medicare for All immediately.
This is not a feel-good story, and it is journalistic malpractice for you to frame it as such. This is an indictment on our society, and shame on you for not honestly describing it so.— Josh Fesmire (@JoshtheFez) February 27, 2021