Mar 23, 2020

14 Month Old Jawar Receives Pain Relieving Surgery

Jawar and his mom in the hospital compound
Jawar and his mom in the hospital compound

Jawar is a shy boy, the youngest of 6 children to a corn farmer. His family lives in a small hut made from grass, mud, and wood and the children go to the free, village school. They walk a long distance to get water every day and have no electricity or technology. Jawar's parents are very frugal with their funds, because they harvest their crops once a year and need to make the money last till the next year. 

When Jawar's parents noticed him crying and having bad pains when he went to the bathroom they sold some cows they had and took him to the hospital to find out what to do. The doctor at the hospital told them that Jawar would need an expensive procedure that had to be done in another town they would have to travel to. 

Jawar's mom said "After we sold our cattle and after we tried different health centers and hospitals we were told to go to the capital because the case is beyond the capacity of the hospital. I knew that the disease is a serious one. With our financial constraint I just lost all my hope at that time. Our family members and community was not willing to help us or even to mingle with us since we became christians. We face a lot of stigma and discrimination from them and we couldn't get the help we needed when we needed it most. I felt like my child couldn't get the treatment at all because we can't pay for it and there is no one besides us. I cried a lot. I prayed 'God please facilitate a way for our child to get a hospital to treat him without medical cost'. Right after that we heard of an organization called Missionaries of Charity and we went there. They told us that they can't provide the treatment but that they link us with one who can provide and they brought us here."

Once Jawar got to the Bethany Kids hospital he was admitted quickly and was operated on with no complications! He is now in good health and is relieved from his pain and difficulty. 

Jawar's mom said"Everything was more than our expectation. The hospital, the staff, the medical care, the food and everything is with a best quality. I am so thankful for this."

Jawar trying to hide in his mom's arm
Jawar trying to hide in his mom's arm
Dec 23, 2019

Ezana, 4, Gets Overdue Surgery for Inguinal Hernia

Ezana playing before surgery
Ezana playing before surgery

Ezana was born with Inguinal Hernia causing difficulty of defecation, a birth defect caused by weakness in the abdominal wall. The hernia or bulge is usually only visible when a child is crying, coughing, or straining, and causes a child to have little to no appetite. A hernia like this should always be operated on to prevent incarceration but because Ezana is the child of a single 23 year old mother who makes a living selling potatoes on the street, he didn't have an oportunity to recieve treatment. Recently, however, Ezana's school noticed his scrotal swelling and because of the risks if Ezana were to fall they told his mother not to bring him back to school until he had been treated.

His mother, Yodit, didn't know what to do but she shared the situation with some youth in her community who raised money for Ezana to go to the local hospital and get an ultrasound. At the hospital she learned that he would need a very expensive surgery that she knew she couldn't afford. She said "When they told me this I got so confused and scared. I did not know what to do about his treatment. I told for people in my community and they suggested I go and ask for help in organization called Missionaries of Charity. They accepted me and the helped bring me to Bethany Kids."

Once Ezana and Yadit arrived at the Bethany Kids medical center they recieved treatment very quickly. Ezana has now gotten a successful hernia repair and recovered well! 

Yadit is so happy. She said "I like to thank our sponsors, doctors, and nurses who gave us a caring and good treatment. It is beyond what I expected when I come here. I'm so happy to see him recovering and getting well."

Thank you for supporting this project!

Ezana coloring in the recovery ward after surgery
Ezana coloring in the recovery ward after surgery
Sep 30, 2019

3 Year Old Boy, Yunusa, Receives Much Needed Surgery

Yunusa at MCM Hospital
Yunusa at MCM Hospital

Yunusa is an energetic, extroverted, and loving 3 year old boy. He is usually smiling and loves to play with his dad and other kids his age. Yunusa is the 5th and youngest child to his parents, a school teacher and stay at home mom who struggled to find and afford treatment for his Hirsprung disease. The disease causes a portion of the colon to malfunction making Yunusa's belly to swell, become constipated, and have pain. 

The boy's dad said "It was really difficult for him. We did everything we could. We went to many hospitals in Gambia and then in Seregal but were sent home lacking in service. We went to traditional doctors but he couldn't get the necessary treatment. It was frustrating and very sad. We spent all our savings for his treatment and finally we set home looking for sponsorship and hoping for a miracle. This is when I heard about Bethany Kids."

The dad heard about Bethany Kids from another organization that covered their travel expenses. Taking the families financial situation into consideration and with your help, Bethany Kids decided to provide the surgery and hospital stay at no cost and were able to secure a place for Yunusa and his dad to stay near the hospital before and after the operation.

When Yunusa arrived to the hospital in the spring of 2019 for his colostomy his belly was swollen, he could barely eat, and he cried often. After surgery he became a happy child who talked and laughed constantly! 

His dad said “It is really amazing. Bethany Kids is a compassionate, well standardized and an equipped organization. They gave us all the best services. When I come from Gambia, His mom and my self really didn’t think, that he would get back alive because he was very sick. The whole family was crying a lot when we said good bye. And when I got here I did not know what to expect. But I find everything perfect. The accommodation, the medical service, the people who served us, everything was good. He is now a healthy boy. And this is a big relief for us. And I am so grateful for it. I like to thank God, Bethany Kids, the people who give us service and our sponsors for this great service. Only God can pay for this life saving service.”

With your support Dr. Frehun and Dr. Poenaru working with the Bethany Kids organization continue to provide life-giving surgeries to children like Yunusa. Thank you for giving!

Yunusa and his dad waiting for surgery
Yunusa and his dad waiting for surgery
Yunusa after surgery
Yunusa after surgery
Celebrating at Yunusa's farewell party
Celebrating at Yunusa's farewell party

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