Provide Surgery for Children in Ethiopia

by Touch the Nations
Provide Surgery for Children in Ethiopia
Provide Surgery for Children in Ethiopia
Provide Surgery for Children in Ethiopia
Provide Surgery for Children in Ethiopia
Provide Surgery for Children in Ethiopia
Provide Surgery for Children in Ethiopia
Provide Surgery for Children in Ethiopia
Provide Surgery for Children in Ethiopia
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!
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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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Ubah, a 13 year old girl, was born with Anorectal Malformations. On top of that, when she was young Ubah's hut was bombed by terrorists with her father and 5 sisters inside. No one survived. Since then she's dropped out of school and has become more and more withdrawn, spending most of her time alone watching TV. Her mother suffers with severe depression and spends most of her time the same way so Ubah's aunt takes care of them both. Ubah covers her face when others are around and only talks to her aunt. She and her mother were still hurting very much and struggling to cope with the loss of their family members, and her worstening health condition was neglected because of it. 

When Ubah arrived at the hospital an emergency colostomy was done. Throughout her care there the nurses and other staff learned about how much Ubah wanted to become part of her community again and was worried about the stigma around her condition.

After 3 different surgeries, Ubah has recovered fully and her digestion and bowel functions as it should!

By the time she left the hospital she no longer covered her face and even smiled! She talked about going back to school, growing up, and having a family of her own. She became excited about her life again! 

Her family could not afford any of these opperations but because of your support Ubah is healing in more ways than one. Thank you!

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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
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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
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