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Success! Azimera from Ethiopia raised $1,575 to get healthy.

Azimera
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$0
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Fully funded
Azimera's treatment was fully funded on September 25, 2012.

Azimera is the 27-year-old daughter of two farmers. She is passionate about her education, and has dreamed her whole life of starting her own business.

Azimera dealt with labored breathing and a persistent cough for years, but her symptoms eventually got so bad that she had to drop out of school. She now works a simple job at a hotel, but struggles to make ends meet on her modest earnings. Azimera tries to remain positive despite her illness, but lately she has been so sick that she can rarely get out of bed to go to work.

Recently, a local priest noticed Azimera’s painful cough and suggested that she travel to Addis Ababa to see a doctor. Immediately after seeing her, Dr. Rick Hodes diagnosed Azimera with mitral stenosis, an easily treatable but life-threatening heart condition that narrows her mitral valve and causes blood to back up into her lungs, making it difficult for her to breathe.

Azimera does not have close to the $1,500 she needs to fund her heart surgery. Without treatment, it will be nearly impossible for Azimera to achieve her dream of going back to school and starting her own business.

We have an opportunity to make a huge difference in Azimera’s life. Let’s raise the money she needs for heart surgery and help her get back on track toward achieving her dreams!

Azimera is the 27-year-old daughter of two farmers. She is passionate about her education, and has dreamed her whole life of starting her ow...

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Azimera's Timeline

  • September 10, 2012
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Azimera's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 25, 2012
    FULLY FUNDED

    Azimera's treatment was fully funded.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

Funded by 59 donors

Funded by 59 donors

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Iyan

Just one month old, Iyan lives with his parents and two older siblings in a one-room rental house in Kenya. His parents are subsistence farmers without an external source of income. Iyan was born with spina bifida, a condition in which the spine does not form completely. His spinal cord and its surrounding membranes protrude through an opening in his backbone, forming a sac on his lower back. As a result, Iyan's spinal cord is exposed, making him vulnerable to infection and loss of muscle function in his lower limbs. Iyan's mother did not know what the mass on his lower back meant until she took him to a district hospital. There, the medical team changed the dressing on Iyan's back for two days. A doctor explained to his mother the risks of his condition and referred them to our medical partner's care center for specialized treatment. Iyan underwent surgery to place his spinal cord and nerves back inside his spine, cover them with membranes, and close the opening on his back. Now, Iyan’s head is increasing in size, and a CT scan has revealed excess fluid accumulation in his skull. This condition, known as hydrocephalus, may lead to a progressive increase in head circumference, brain damage, loss of sight, and even death if not treated. Iyan's family used the little amount of money they had on the CT scan, and they are not able to raise funds for his continued care. Watsi's medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), requests $685 to pay for an operation to insert a shunt in Iyan's head to drain the excess fluid and transport it to his abdomen, where it can be resorbed by the body. Funding for Iyan also pays for five days of hospital care, blood tests, a second CT scan, pain medicine, and antibiotics. Iyan's surgery is scheduled for July 20. "I am pleading for help to see our only boy gets well," says Iyan’s mother. Let's help make that happen!

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