Scarcely had the boy recovered when he was struck by cholera, which required another expensive course of treatment.
Within the space of about three months, Firefly wired the equivalent of about $1,000 to Ghana.
Her new boyfriend had a complicated backstory: He was an American soldier serving in Iraq, and he had a son living in Ghana.
But she had revealed to her new online beau how much she wanted children, and soon his 14-year-old son was emailing her.
Within 10 minutes of posting, she had a handful of virtual suitors — and one stood out.