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Genet
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  • $1,260 raised, $0 to go
$1,260
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$0
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Fully funded
Genet's treatment was fully funded on October 8, 2012.

Genet is a 23-year-old woman from Ethiopia who has both serious heart problems as well as retinal detachment, an eye condition that will cause blindness if left untreated.

Genet was 11 when her mother died. She cannot remember her father—he died when she was very young—and she has no siblings. Life would have been hard enough as an orphaned only child, but Genet also suffered from severe mitral stenosis, a potentially life-threatening heart condition, for 13 years. Her illness forced her to quit her job as a housemaid. Paying for heart or eye surgery is absolutely impossible.

Fortunately, Genet heard about Dr. Rick Hodes from a former cardiac patient in Gurage, the area of Ethiopia where she lives. She managed to save up bus fare to come to Addis Ababa, where Dr. Hodes immediately diagnosed her heart condition and sent her to India to receive treatment.

In India, her heart surgeons discovered that she needs emergency retinal surgery to save her eyesight.

After everything she’s been through, letting Genet go blind is not an option. Staff at Dr. Hodes clinic tell us that Genet hopes to finish her education and return to work, but that she is painfully aware of the fact that these dreams depend on working eyes.

Genet deserves a break, and we can make it happen. Let’s do this!

Genet is a 23-year-old woman from Ethiopia who has both serious heart problems as well as retinal detachment, an eye condition that will cau...

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Genet's Timeline

  • October 04, 2012
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Genet's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 08, 2012
    FULLY FUNDED

    Genet's treatment was fully funded.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Genet's treatment update from Dr. Rick Hodes.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

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Ngo

Ngo is a 36-year-old Karen woman from Burma. She has three children, and two of whom are students. While she stays home to take care of house work and her husband works as a day laborer. He earns 180 baht (approx. $6 USD) per day and he usually works for about 20 days per month. The income he can make is not enough to cover their family's basic expenses. They sometimes have to borrow money from Ngo's sister, especially when Ngo needs to go to a clinic. In October 2019, Ngo experienced a severe pain in her right side. She went to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) and was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection. She was on medication which made her feel better. On her follow-up appointment, the medic performed ultrasound imaging test to see if her kidney looks fine. The medic then found a stone in her right kidney and she was referred to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) to meet with a urologist. The doctor at MSH at first tried to treat Ngo with medication but when that did not work, the doctor explained that Ngo needs more investigative tests to help her. Doctors want Ngo to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Ngo's CT scan and care, scheduled for February 21st. Ngo said, “I want to look after my sons without needing to worry. I want all my sons to be well-educated persons.”

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