- 7-year old Alabama resident Liza Scott is selling lemonade to help pay for brain surgeries.
- In late January, doctors found numerous cerebral malformations that require immediate attention.
- The family has also set up an online fundraiser to help pay for expenses.
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Seven-year-old Alabama resident Liza Scott is selling lemonade to help pay for her brain surgeries, local outlet WHNT reports.
The child is selling outside of Savage Bakery in Homewood, Alabama, which is owned by her mother, Elizabeth Scott. Interested customers can also place orders from the bakery online, with proceeds from the lemonade sales going to help fund Liza Scott’s upcoming brain surgery.
In late January, Scott had suffered a Grand Mal seizure, and in the weeks following, neurologists and neurosurgeons discovered the child had numerous cerebral malformations that require immediate attention.
“In most every instance of these rare malformations doctors only see one malformation – in Liza’s case she has 3,” her mother, Elizabeth, wrote on Liza’s fundraising Mightycause page. One malformation includes a cleft in the frontal lobe of her brain, while the other is an aneurysm, and another is what’s known as a Dural Arteriovenous Fistula – a rare condition where branches of veins and arteries connect.
On the fundraising website, the family initially set a $75,000 goal but at the time of this article’s publication, it has since raised over $130,000.
Scott’s first surgery is set to take place the week of March 8 at Boston Children’s Hospital, and the family is expected to spend several weeks “away from her 3-year-old brother, family, and friends,” to care for Scott during her surgeries.
Liza’s mother wrote that the “overwhelming additional expenses, time away from work, and additional resources needed to keep up with things at home” has already started to pile up for the family. Elizabeth has purchased additional insurance, according to WHNT, but the family is already facing about $10,000 in-out-pocket-expenses.
“As a single mom and the financial supporter of both of my children, this is not something you can budget for,” Scott told the outlet. For now, Scott wrote online that she is praying, and that God “allows the hard times in life to help others see His amazing love, protection, and faithfulness.”
“I find comfort in knowing that God always provides,” she wrote. “I’m learning that it is okay to not be okay at times, that it’s okay to ask for help, and that it’s okay to share this journey with those who love Liza, love our family, love our bakery, and love God.”
Elizabeth Scott did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment.