The youngest of three siblings, ten-month-old Ozana lives with his grandmother in Tanzania. Ozana’s mother lives in another town, where she works as a traditional healer, leaving Ozana’s grandmother as the primary caretaker.
Ozana’s favorite toy is a cat that the hospital gave him. He also enjoys playing with other children in the burn ward. After their extended stay in the hospital, Ozana’s grandmother now dreams of him one day becoming a nurse.
While in the hospital, Ozana sustained a scalp wound caused by an IV. It became infected with necrotizing fasciitis, a dangerous bacteria that can destroy skin, fat, and the tissue covering the muscles within a very short time. One out of every four people with necrotizing fasciitis die of the condition.
Our medical partner, Mission Restore, is asking for $1,376 to treat Ozana. On March 28, doctors will remove the damaged tissue and graft skin from Ozana’s leg to his scalp. Your donation will help pay for the surgeon’s fees, surgical supplies, medication, and 25 nights of hospital stay.