‘Star Wars’ Fans Band Together To Help Another Princess ‘Leah’

WESTWOOD (CBS) — Zev and Franceska Esquenazi, parents of a 4-month-old baby girl named Leah, need two things: 1. A medical miracle. 2. A way to pay for it.

It looks like they might get what they have been hoping for.

“Star Wars” fans and well-wishers have banded together to help another little Princess Leia, although this one spells her name a little differently.

Leah has spent most of her life in the Pediatric Intensive Care unit at UCLA Medical Center.

She has a mystery illness and a team of 40-odd doctors have been unable to figure out what is making her sick. She suffers from seizures and they, in turn, are making it hard for her to breathe. She’s had a battery of tests, including blood work and spinal taps.

“It’s really, really difficult to see your beautiful baby who was fine two months ago just all of the sudden have these issues that they can’t explain,” Franceska says.

The bills are mounting for the Esquenazis, who are are avid “Star Wars” fans.  But the force, and some angels, are with them.

Fans and celebrities have so far raised upward of $16,000 to help this family and their little star.

Little Leah has 3,000 followers on Facebook, but anyone can enter a $5 “Star Wars” memorabilia raffle to support her by July 1.

For more information on Princess Leah’s story or to donate, click here.

Comments

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  1. JOSIE says:

    SHE IS SUCH A DOLL !!!!!!!GOD BLESS THIS BABY GIRL !!!!!GOD BLESS THE FAMILY AS WELL .

  2. J Michael Lemongello says:

    This sounds like a genetic metabolic disease. The nystagmus, cataracts and respiratory failure coupled with two months needed for manifestation of this condition medically supports a type of glycogen or lipid storage disease. Possibly mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS).

  3. kathy says:

    Glad that CBS covered the story BUT…the $15,000 is what the donations to the family are. The medical bills are well into 6 figures! The 40 doctors still have no clue what is wrong and this family really needs help. Please click on the link to donate if you can – every little bit helps!

  4. DES says:

    SHE IS SO PRETTY AND YES SHE IS A PRINCESS.GOD BLESS THE WHOLE FAMILY.!

  5. ALEX says:

    I AM PRAYING FOR THIS PRECIOUS LITTLE GIRL AND HER LOVING PARENTS

  6. Mr.Pocbac's says:

    Lord Jesus “”God almighty your sons healing hand is called here Fath I call the name of Jesus Christ to heal us in joint unity of Christ Jesus as Lazarus from the dead to the leper and his lepersy,and the centurion to his servant Father…Answer Jesus Please and let them know Father that you are God…We know that you always know what is best…Amen…

  7. kriste says:

    wish i could help, but still owe $40,000 in medical myself for daughter’s broken back! so i will send my hopes for this little girl, and the thought that any parent awesome enough to name their child after star wars has to be strong enough to handle what’s to come!
    may the force be with you little angel!

  8. Cyrus Rang says:

    AS a good friend of the family I must correct this report. The bills they are racking up are WAY more than the $15,000 reported here. That figure is the amount of the current donation tally.

  9. Ori Cabur says:

    DSB, Frani, Little Leah, utah has some hopes and prayers for you! Be strong, you will get through this, healthy and happy!
    OYA!

  10. Anabel C. says:

    For those that can’t help my friends via Donations, it’s OK, you CAN still help!😀 all you have to do is spread the word to anyone and everyone!🙂 that is still helping out!🙂 thanks again to all, in advanced.

    and… just a note to say that, Star Wars is MUCH more than just a movie… it’s a way to bring people together. 😀 and i’m proud to be part of it.

  11. Connie Nelson says:

    I too will spread the word
    she is a fighter and she is so Precious
    Star wars fans ect ROCK
    I am keeping this little Princess in my thoughts and prayers
    GO LEAH GO
    FIGHT THE FIGHT YOU CAN DO IT🙂

  12. DR. RIVERA says:

    ESTOY TRABAJANDO SILENCIOSAMENTE A FIN DE NO CREAR FALSAS ESPERANZAS Y PRONUNCIARME CUANDO HAYA UN DIAGNÓSTICO DEFINIDO
    SEPAN QUE EXISTRE UN CAMINO MÉDICO DISTINTO, CONFIABLE Y SEGURO PARA PODER INVESTIGAR Y DESCUBRIR CAUSAS NO DETECTADAS DE CUALQUIER PROBLEMA DE SALUD. INFÓRMENSE EN: http://www.especialistaendiagnosticomedico.blogspot.com ¡FE Y ESPERANZA PADRES DE LEAH!

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