Rally Around Dying MTW Missionary Child
(COLUMBIA, SC) - June 30, 2011 - In December 2010, Georgia Goodwin, infant daughter of MTW Missionaries to England, Sam and Elizabeth Goodwin, was diagnosed with leukemia. Earlier this month, Georgia underwent a bone marrow transplant at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. This Tuesday, results from a blood test revealed that her diseased bone marrow with its several abnormalities was resistant to the pre-transplant chemo. Consequently, her transplanted bone marrow had no place to establish itself and thus engraftment did not happen. Additionally, her leukemia is now advancing rapidly.
Further chemotherapy options have been ruled out as they can only be started at a minimum of 100 days post-transplant. Georgia would not be able to survive the toxicity of these extremely aggressive medications. Doctors have concluded that, humanly speaking, there are no treatment options—proven or experimental—for her current condition.
Tomorrow, June 30th, Georgia will be released from her current doctors’ care upon which she will return home with her family to Columbia, South Carolina. An additional event is also scheduled for tomorrow as it relates to Georgia and her family: given the critical nature of her situation, Christians around the country are uniting for a day of prayer and fasting, asking the Lord to supernaturally intervene in Georgia’s life. This includes the staff of Mission to the World and some of the Goodwins’ supporting churches. The RTS family is encouraged to participate as well.
To learn more about Georgia, her family, and her journey through leukemia, visit www.caringbridge.org/visit/georgiasimigoodwin. The family may be reached care of Mission to the World.