Meet Billal! Billal is a charming four-year-old from Ethiopia who lives with his father and two siblings. His young father is still pursuing a university education, and Billal relies on his father’s education bursary to support themselves.
Billal was born with Hirschprung’s disease, meaning that some of the nerve cells in his colon are missing, and Billal cannot pass stool properly. As a result, he has been unable to gain weight.
For $1,500, Billal will receive surgery to remove the part of his colon missing the nerve cells, and reattach the remaining parts of his colon. After this surgery, doctors expect that Billal will be able to pass stool normally. Billal’s father says that he has big dreams for his son (“He will be a doctor if he is cured!”). Let’s help Billal pass stool normally and start gaining weight again!