Mandie Case

First post: Nov 10, 2022 Latest post: Nov 16, 2022
Mandie is passionate about helping youth rise out of poverty in Ghana and has dedicated her life's work to the cause.  She's the Founder and Executive Director for Africa Youth Rising (formerly Belief Home) and has been living and working full time in Ghana working tirelessly to create generational change that keeps families together and children out of orphanages.

Living in Ghana comes with health risks that the average American doesn't have to worry about.  In early September, Mandie contracted Typhoid, despite being fully vaccinated against it.  She spent five days in a rural hospital receiving substandard care before recovering enough to return home. 

Unfortunately a few weeks later, the Typhoid symptoms began to return.  Things rapidly deteriorated until she was covered head to toe in a hives-like rash and in a great deal of pain.  When she could stand it no longer, she went to higher quality hospital a little further away for a steroid IV to try to tamp down the hives.  With no improvement, 12 hours later she was back at the hospital and was admitted.

Initial diagnosis was that she had developed bacterial sepsis, which in itself is a very serious condition.  After a further 24 hours of treatment with that diagnosis and still no improvement, she transferred to the University of Legon Medical Center and was admitted there.  Doctors have now diagnosed her with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, which is a rare and serious disorder of the skin and mucous membranes.  We believe it was triggered by the antibiotics she was given to treat Typhoid as well as possibly infection introduced from the poor IV management she received in her first hospitalization event.

Patients with this syndrome can experience severe blistering and skin loss and sometimes end up being treated in a burn unit.  Mandie is currently stable and in a private room, receiving the best care she can get in Ghana.  She has severe rashes over all her limbs and torso, sores in her mouth, stomach, and GI tract in general, and is in a lot of pain.  Despite this she is doing her best to stay positive.  She keeps saying she is worried about all the people who are worried about her!

Mandie is a kind and generous person who sacrifices her own comfort, safety, and earnings potential, all in the service of helping dismantle the "orphanages as a business" system that separates children from families and perpetuates a never ending cycle of poverty and vulnerability.  While even top quality health care in Ghana is inexpensive compared to care in the US, Mandie essentially works as a volunteer without a regular salary.  Her friends and family have put together this site to help centralize updates and give those who want to contribute the opportunity to cover her medical bills.  We want her to put all her energy into recovery so that she can return to her important work as soon as possible!

If you wish to donate to a GoFundMe campaign to cover Mandie's medical expenses, you can contribute at this link: (

Any amount raised above what is needed to cover Mandie's medical expenses will be donated to Africa Youth Rising.

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