Jun 27, 2021

Adere's Life Changing Surgeries

Adere after his first surgery
Adere after his first surgery

Adere is a 14 year old boy living in rural Ethiopia. He is 1 of 12 children to his parents and enjoys listening to country music and dancing with his friends.

Unfortunately, Adere was born with 2 birth defects affecting his urination and had an opening on his abdomen into his bladder. The opening allowed his bladder to constantly leak and get painful infections. When Adere was young his parents took him to their local clinic but the staff there was unable to perform the surgeries needed to help him and they knew they would not be able to afford it either way.

 

Adere's mother said "The situation of families who lost a loved one and grieved is better than the situation of ours who weep watching our child suffer and can't do anything about it."

As time passed the family struggled with the stigma with which their community saw them. While other students could sit wherever they pleased in class, Adere had a special table in the back of the room with his name on it. The children would not play with him because of the smell of his leaking bladder and he kept mainly to himself even at home. 

A few months ago Adere's older brother, Solomon, became so concerned for him and their family's mental health that he started to look into medical options. Eventually he learned about us!

When they first reached out the family was uncomfortable because they didn't know what to expect but we set up a time to meet and told them not to worry about medical or travel expenses. 

Today Adere is a changed person! He has now recieved 2 surguries to restore normal bladder and urination function and because of the much improved quality of life and mental health he is more confident and outgoing. He plays with friends and sits wherever he likes in class! 

Thank you for making Adere's surgery possible! Because of you he will now live a much better life. 

Adere's family in the hospital
Adere's family in the hospital
Feb 23, 2021

2 Year Old, Ruth, Receives Important Surgery

Ruth excited before surgery!
Ruth excited before surgery!

We are grateful for your partnership and for all the donations you have made for our beloved patients! Your kindness touches the lives of many people from cities and rural areas with love and compassion. Because of you we've provided free surgeries for numerous patients who wouldn't have been able to pay for and recieve the care otherwise. I want to share with you a story about one of our patients, Ruth, who's surgery was fully funded and provided on January 14, 2021.

Ruth is a two year old baby girl and the fourth child from her family. She is gentle and so charming, a bit shy and most comfortable when her mom holds her. Ruth is the only child to her mother, Sable. Ruth’s mom supports her child by selling tea and coffee on the street and sometimes struggles even to pay for their basic necessities. Ruth’s father is a solider and hasn't been heard from in 2 years. They don't know for sure if he is alive.

Sable came to us extremely worried about Ruth who had developed swelling on the lower right side of her abdomen.   When she learned that Ruth would need surgery she fell to the floor in despare knowing that she would not be able to pay for it. We assured her that the surgery would be donated but even then she was suspicious and confused. However, once Sable met the staff and received warm greetings with bright, smiling, loving faces her heart felt relief and happiness.

She said "The social worker called me by name when I entered the room and told me that she heard a lot about me and Ruth and that she is happy to have us in their hospital. I was surprised by the smiling bright face and by the fact we are noticed even before we get there. The nurse also smiled at us and talked to us and we felt happy. They make us feel at home. Then we saw Doctor Frehun Ayele. He talked to us with amazing compassion and warm face. With this all love we got, I assured my child will heal in this center. It was the very surprising and amazing event and feeling I experienced and I felt encouraged and I praised the Lord." 

Ruth had several tests and she was admitted. Her surgery was successful and her swelling is gone.

Afterwards Sable told the nurses “Now there is no fear, no more desperation. I am psychologically healed. I just can’t express what God did for me and for my baby. When I think about it my tears comes in my eyes. All those testes, medications, the places you facilitated for me to stayed in with my baby and its experience, transportation, and food was free. I was not worried about that. All these support provided for us and it was a miracle for me."

Ruth and her mom, Sable.
Ruth and her mom, Sable.
Giving her best smile for the camera!
Giving her best smile for the camera!
Oct 16, 2020

Shoayb has 3 Surgeries to Improve Quality of Life

Shoayb before surgery
Shoayb before surgery

Shoayb is an outgoing and playful young boy. He loves to ride his bike and play football and is sixth child in his family. His father doesn't work and his mom, Haden, works in their small vegetable farm to provide for the family. She is strong and works very hard for them.

She said “In our culture it is the woman who works and feeds the family. Usually the men don’t work.” 

Her strength is even more impressive when people learned about her commitment to getting her boy necessary treatment. She made a decision to travel all away from Puntland, which is 975 km by bus to get him treated. In order to pay for it she collected money from their family and community.

Once Shoayb arrived we realized that he would need 3 surgeries. She spent all the money they'd brought from home on transportation, accommodation, and his first two surgeries which is where we (and you!) stepped in to help.

Shoayb was born with a birth urethra defect called Hypospadia. That means the male urinary opening is not at the usual location. As a result he couldn’t use the restroom standing like normal boys. Shoayb and his mom were psychologically affected because of gossip spreading about him in the village. He always asked why he can’t use the restroom standing as his friends and other boys. His mom was very worried but at the same time she had hope that he would get proper medical care and be able to function like his friends did. 

Shoayb's surgery proceeded as planned and was successful. The surgery enabled him to stand and will also help him to have normal intimate relations in his future. 

Haden said “As it is hard to believe my boy will heal, I believed my baby will be as normal as any other kids. I came all the way from Puntland by bus with this hope. And now I believe he will go to school and get education and become a doctor. I believe he will help children in a same condition as he was. I believe he will support me, his family and his community.”

Thank you for your support! 

 
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