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Brain surgery postponed for Sunnyside girl

Seven-year-old Leslie Madrigal of Sunnyside and her family get to spend their Thanksgiving holiday at home and together after Leslie was informed by doctors her white blood count was too low for surgery.

Leslie and her parents, Maria Navarro and Luis Madrigal, traveled to Seattle's Children's Hospital this past week, where the youngster was scheduled for brain surgery to cure her epilepsy.

After a pre-operation examination, doctors discovered the Leslie's white blood cell count was too low to safely proceed with surgery. It has been postponed until the first week of December. Until then, Leslie has been placed on medication to help raise her white blood cell count and prepare her for surgery.

The family will be staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Seattle during Leslie's time in the hospital this December. Meanwhile, her family in the Lower Yakima Valley will continue to raise funds to help cover the medical costs.

"Nothing has really changed," said Leslie's aunt, Cyndi Medina, "We're just hoping to keep her healthy so we can get the surgery done."

Medina and her relatives are currently planning a dance benefit for Friday, Dec. 10, and are currently seeking a venue to hold the event.

For information on how to help Leslie Madrigal and family, call Medina at 509-270-5036.

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