Meet Yesiraw, a 11-year-old boy from Ethiopia. “Yesiraw was born with a congenital anomaly in which his bladder is exposed and outside his body,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), explains.
Bladder exstrophy presents at birth, and has led Yesiraw to experience pain from irritation of the bladder and leakage. Because his bladder is exposed, he risks infection and further injury. As a result of his condition, Yesiraw has not been able to attend school and partake in many activities.
With a small income and a large family to support, Yesiraw’s father is not able to pay for the treatment of his son’s condition. He tells us that “all Yesiraw wants to do is go to school by any means possible.”
The treatment for bladder exstrophy is surgery. $1,500 will cover Yesiraw’s surgery, medication, lab tests, and hospital stay.
“We expect that after the surgery and recovery, Yesiraw will be able to join school,” AMHF informs us. “He will no longer have leakage or be at risk of direct bladder injury.”