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  1. #76

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherla42 View Post
    At least I have a few months to emotionally prepare myself before going face to face with one of the "monsters" who tortured this beautiful little girl for 6 months.
    He may not show it, but deep down, I hope he now fears facing you. That's how it should be, since you've proven to be the stronger one.

  2. #77

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    Thanks Leo & Tutu....support gives me strength in the things I still must still face and also makes me a stronger "MOM" for Shari!

    I don't know how to put a picture on here...would love to share Shari's new pre-school pic. I can e-mail it to anyone who knows the ropes

  3. #78

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    Here you go!shri.doc
    "Americans believe in three freedoms. Freedom of speech; freedom of religion; and the freedom to deny the other two to folks they don`t like.” --Mark Twain

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    MAHALO Muilang for posting Shari's pic

  5. #80

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    I second, third and 4th THAT!!!
    Today is the first day of the rest of my life.

  6. #81

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    Great Big Mahalo to Tutu Sue. Miss Shari got a "special" Christmas package from her. She was so excited! Wonderful books, videos, even a Christmas mug! God Bless you Tutu Sue for thinking of Shari.

    I had to take Shari to the doctor yesterday. She has been having headaches for the last month....more and more frequent. He is fairly sure she is having migrain headaches. I have to admit the addition of yet another medical condition yesterday for the first time had me saying "Why Lord". It was a short lived feeling and completely left my mind when I looked at Shari's beautiful smile. She is God's child and I am so Blessed that he has placed this beautiful Little Miracle in my care. I must never forget that. Extra prayers would be wonderful!

    God Bless & Mele Kalikimaka To All,
    Cheryl & Shari

  7. #82

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    Hi Cheryl... how's Shari doing?

    I hope she's doing well!

  8. #83

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    Aloha! It has been a long winter break from school for Shari. She got the flu and I had to take her to the ER. Doc's also wanted anti-seizure medication doses upped. It has taken 6 weeks for her to adjust but HAPPY to report she has finally adjusted to meds and just has a small cough left. She also has right side weakness when she is ill due to the paralysis on her right side. There is a definate deficet when she tries to use her right side vision and hand to do anything. It's like her brain just can't connect there. Her migraine headaches seem to have gone with the increase of meds. Thank God! Mentally she is amazing considering the amount of brain damage. We are working on letter sounds and she is able to sound out most three letter words. We are also working on number recognition 11 through 20. I work alot with her at home and she has wonderful "special education" teachers. We are flying back to Oahu to see her neurologist and opthamalogist in Feb. Due to the multiple injuries Shari suffered and the risks that go with those injuries life can be a bit more complicated but be assured that at the end of each day we count our Blessings not Obstacles.

    There were only two people who senselessly beat this precious little life BUT there are thousands of people who care about Shari and have helped with her recovery, whether it be hands on with her or a prayer for her from far away. Each one of those people are "Our Hero's". Thank's Hawaii Threads for being a "Hero" for Shari!

    God Bless & Much ALOHA,
    Cheryl & Shari
    PS: Will be sending a few Christmas and Birthday Pics soon

  9. #84

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    Cheryl...talk to Shari's neurologist about the possibility of putting her on Clobazam:

    http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/58108.php

    http://www.epilepsy.com/medications/i_clobazam_intro

    My oldest girl (14 yrs) has 'intractable epilepsy', has had brain surgery and even with the meds still had aura and seizure activity...and was working back up to the tonic colonics (grand mals). Her doc, Harry Chugani, put her on 5mg of clobazam and they've totally stopped even to the auras. She hasn't had a seizure since 11-27-07 so so far so good.

    If you want contact information for Shari's doc to get more info, PM me.
    Last edited by Peshkwe; January 9th, 2008 at 03:21 PM.

  10. #85

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    Ooops..just re-read...the 5mg should be 10mg per day. She gets two doses of 5mg one am and one pm.

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    http://kgmb9.com/main/content/view/3465/40/

    I don't know if you have heard the news from Oahu. Little Cyrus Belt was to turn 2 years old on Feb 7th. He was thrown from a freeway overpass and killed by his mothers neighbor this week. The first common denominator between Shari and Cyrus? Yesterday Lillian Koller from Hawaii DHS released 180+ pages of documents reguarding his mother complete with calls of neglect and abuse. Alot of what I read was exactly what Shari had been through. Hours before Cyrus died a police officer found him unattended outside and returned him to mothers boyfriend. That officer notified CPS of the incident. Apparently after that he was left with his sleeping Grandfather and somehow the "ice head" neighbor got a hold of him.

    Through this almost two year journey since Shari's near death I have been around many medical professionals and many educational professionals. They all say the same thing. Reports of abuse are made...the child is taken for a short period and then placed right back in the abusive home.

    For a long time I thought what needed to change was the reporting method between authorities. Now, with Cyrus' death, it is completely apparent that reporting abuse to CPS has little to no consequences for most parents. What the CPS records do show is the child neglect and abuse on their part by throwing these innocent and defenceless children right back in the "lion's cage" while they glance every so often into that cage and take notes!

    My quest begins!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherla42 View Post
    [...]I don't know if you have heard the news from Oahu. Little Cyrus Belt was to turn 2 years old on Feb 7th.[...]
    Cheryl...we're discussing the Cyrus Belt case HERE. I'm sure you can contribute a lot to that thread. However, it must bring back such painful memories for you. I look forward to your contributions.

  13. #88

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    I can't believe that this coming Saturday will be 2 years since Shari was nearly beaten to death. I can vividly recall standing next to her PICU bed just hours after she arrived at Kapiolani Hospital begging God to let her live. I promised to take care of her know matter how she came out of this medically or mentally. Watching her go from blind and with only grunts to communicate to the active, happy, loving, little chatter box she is today has been no less than a miracle. She is completely aware that her right hand doesn't function as her left but given her own time and space ( and encouragement) she finds her own unique ways to adapt the right hand to most circumstances. The area of her brain that suffered the worst damage should have limited her ability to comprehend alphabet letters and reading ability. She has not only mastered her alphabet she also knows the sounds of each letter. She is now starting to sound out 3 letter words and is very close to writing her name without guidance. Her medical issues are always a concern and will be the rest of her life. We deal with them...we don't dwell on them. She weighed in today at a whopping 30.8 lbs. It is awesome to watch her continue to climb on the growth chart.

    My oldest daughter and I were scheduled to go to Oahu to testify before the parole board to give Frankie the full 20 years without the possibility of parole on March 7th but it was canceled until May. There is nothing on this earth that can convince me that this "monster" did not commit murder on Shari. So many parts of her body and brain have been murdered and will never function again.

    To end on a happy note...the whale count for Maui is over 1,700 whales this year. Shari and I love to go down to the beach at sunset and watch them. Last Saturday we went out on a "whale watch" boat. Shari really enjoyed seeing the whales and we were lucky enough to watch a mother and her calf breaching together. She is very into whales now and is constantly looking for them as we drive by the coast. How Blessed we are to live in paradise!

    God Bless,
    Cheryl & Shari

    I will try to post the pic of us on the boat

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherla42 View Post
    [...]Watching her go from blind and with only grunts to communicate to the active, happy, loving, little chatter box she is today has been no less than a miracle. [...]
    Hmmm...I see another miracle. That is, there was a loving tutu standing by to do what it takes to help heal a moopuna...a tutu who put her life on hold. And, not only heal, but adopt.

    Just my 2¢.

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    After waiting since October to go before the parole board (and face to face with Frankie) I just found out that he has already been transfered from Oahu to a prison in Arizona. The parole board hearing will now be sometime in June and Frankie will be there via TV. I am so disappointed.

    Shari is doing well. She got her first bike with training wheels...I might take them off when she's 30 (lol). She has also learned how to swing on a swing set all by herself....she glows with pride as her little legs go in and out taking her a bit higher each time. She has brought up the abuse she endured again. She tells me at least once a month "mom don't let nobody take me away". It is amazingly sad how much she remembers. With no counseling available here on Maui I am flying by the seat of my pants during these talks. I am open and honest with her questions and assure her nobody will take her from me.

    Hope all is well with or friends on Hawaii Threads!

    God Bless,
    Cheryl & Shari

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherla42 View Post
    [...]With no counseling available here on Maui I am flying by the seat of my pants during these talks. I am open and honest with her questions and assure her nobody will take her from me.[...]
    Cheryl, please explain what you mean by "no counseling available" on Maui. Does Shari need a certain type of specialist that's not available?

    So happy to hear Shari is progressing...onward and upward.

  17. #92

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    The first time Shari shared the abuse she went through she seemed fine afterward. Last week after sharing more abuse stories she became very angry afterward. I have never seen her so angry. She was griting her teeth at me and talking like her bio-mom used to talk to her. I do at this point feel we need a child psychologist. I have no expertise with abused children. I need the tools to help her through any anger issues she more than likely will have again due to the abuse. Unfortunately either the psychologist here don't take Shari's insurance or they don't deal with children as young as Shari. There is only one place I have not checked into because it would mean throwing us back into "the lion's cage". We will more than likely need to go to Kapiolani for help.

  18. #93

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    GOOD NEWS!!!!!

    Assault on girl brings minimum of 18 years
    By LILA FUJIMOTO, Staff Writer POSTED: July 26, 2008


    WAILUKU - A Lahaina man, sentenced last year to a 20-year prison term for inflicting life-threatening injuries on a child, has been ordered to spend at least 18 years behind bars before being eligible for parole.

    The Hawaii Paroling Authority set the mandatory-minimum term for 27-year-old Francisco "Frankie" Ramirez after a hearing June 23 on Oahu.

    The decision by the parole board means the earliest Ramirez could be released is March 7, 2024.

    He was sentenced in 2nd Circuit Court last October after pleading no contest to a reduced charge of attempted manslaughter of his girlfriend's daughter, Shari Rodrigues, on March 15, 2006, when she was 2 years old. The girl was unconscious when she was rushed by ambulance from Hale O Wainee Homeless Resource Center in Lahaina to Maui Memorial Medical Center after paramedics responded to an emergency call for a comatose child that morning.

    Kihei resident Cheryl Oelrich, who has been allowed to adopt her granddaughter, said she was "just thrilled" when she learned that Ramirez would be required to serve nearly all of his prison term.

    Family members didn't agree with the lower mandatory minimum term of 13 years and four months that was imposed when Ramirez was sentenced, Oelrich said. That minimum term was based on his two prior first-degree burglary convictions, making him a two-time repeat offender.

    Accompanied by a victim-witness counselor from the Maui County prosecutor's office, Oelrich and her daughter Jessica McFall, Shari's aunt, attended the parole hearing last month to ask the parole board to increase Ramirez's minimum term.

    Oelrich said she went "as a voice for Shari," asking parole board members to require Ramirez to spend all 20 years incarcerated.

    "Shari will never have the opportunity of parole from this horrific crime," Oelrich told the board.

    Showing photos of a scar on Shari's stomach and other lasting injuries, Oelrich told Ramirez: "While most of her body has healed on the outside, the inside of her body and brain will forever be ravaged by your anger."

    Ramirez, who is incarcerated at a maximum-security prison in Arizona, appeared by teleconference at the hearing.

    In keeping with a plea agreement, Deputy Prosecutor Robert Rivera recommended that Ramirez's minimum term be set at the 13 years and four months imposed by the court.

    Rivera said there were continuing questions about Ramirez's truthfulness in his description of how Shari was so severely injured.

    Ramirez had been living in an apartment at the homeless resource center with Shari, her mother and the couple's infant son. Ramirez told police he punched the girl in the abdomen when she gave him a "disrespectful" look.

    At Maui Memorial Medical Center, a doctor performed emergency surgery on Shari, who suffered a fractured skull, fractured ribs and bleeding behind her right eye, according to police. Her small intestine was severed from her stomach and her pancreas was cut in half.

    She was flown to an Oahu hospital, where she was hospitalized for two months while Oelrich remained at her bedside.

    Now 4 1/2 years old, Shari attends pre-kindergarten and special education classes. She still suffers from seizures and sees three pediatric specialists as well as her regular pediatrician, often traveling to Oahu for appointments.

    Oelrich said doctors have determined Shari suffered brain damage, but the extent of those injuries might not be known until she is 7 or 8 years old.

    "But she's happy," Oelrich said.

    One of the hardest things she did was to tell Shari that Ramirez had said he was sorry, Oelrich said. Later, when she asked Shari how she felt about Ramirez's apology, "She said, 'It made me feel better.' "

    While attending the parole board hearing was difficult, Oelrich said she felt the family's presence made a difference.

    "It was really hard emotionally," she said. "All of it was part of the healing process too."

    * Lila Fujimoto can be reached at lfujimoto@mauinews.com.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherla42 View Post
    GOOD NEWS!!!!!
    Damn good - thank you!

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    Hoooray!!!

    (((Hugs)))

    Auntie Lynn
    Be AKAMAI ~ KOKUA Hawai`i!
    Philippians 4:13 --- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

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    Doing a major happy dance all around my tiny condo...
    ouch <wall>
    ouch <desk>
    ouch <sofa>
    ouch <refrigerator, with Shari's picture!>
    It hurts soooooooo goooooood!
    Way to go, Cheryl. Way to go...

  22. #97

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    A Very Happy Thanksgiving to all from Cheryl & Miss Shari.

    Will send a pic through someone else as I dont know how to post pictures

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherla42 View Post
    A Very Happy Thanksgiving to all from Cheryl & Miss Shari.

    Will send a pic through someone else as I dont know how to post pictures
    And here she is:

    Be AKAMAI ~ KOKUA Hawai`i!
    Philippians 4:13 --- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

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    Holey moley...I didn't think Shari could get any cuter. But, she did! Happy Thanksgiving to both of you, too.

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    Oh my, that little girl looks soooo happy and loved, it gave me chicken skin. Thank you for posting such a wonderful showing of recovery, Sheri's progress is definitely something for us all to be THANKFUL for on THANKSGIVING.
    Now run along and play, but don’t get into trouble.

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