“I have been sick throughout my life, I just pray for complete healing so I can at least finish up school,” Olivery tells our medical partners. Olivery was born with Hirschsprung’s disease. Because of his condition, Olivery lives with chronic urine retention and constipation. It is difficult for him to go to school because of his constant discomfort.
Olivery lives at home with his mother and four siblings. His mother works as a day laborer and, since Olivery’s father passed away three years ago, she must support all of her children with whatever money she makes. She is eager for Olivery to get well and finish school but cannot afford the cost of his treatment.
For $1200, Olivery will initially receive a colostomy and then a surgery to remove the affected parts of his intestines. This procedure will allow Olivery to go to the bathroom normally so that he can finish school, and go about his daily life, without pain or discomfort.