Meet Mekeya, a two-year-old girl from Ethiopia.
“Mekeya was born without an anal opening,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “She could not pass stool normally and had to pass stool through her vagina with great difficulty.”
Upon her diagnosis, Mekeya received a colostomy, which has worked somewhat as a temporary solution. However, she needs an anorectoplasty to fully correct the problem and allow her to pass stool normally. The surgery will cost $1500, and Mekeya’s parents cannot afford the cost.
“Mekeya’s parents are farmers. They have spent all their money on health care diligently seeking for a cure for their daughter,” says AMHF. “However, despite all their efforts Mekeya is not yet well. They are deeply worried that Mekeya is in real danger and they are completely unable to pay for this life saving surgery.”
After treatment, Mekeya is expected to make a full recovery. “Mekeya will be able to pass stool normally,” says AMHF. “She will have a chance of growing up healthy and normally.”