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

Cheru
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Fully funded
Cheru's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2012.

For the past eight years, Cheru has suffered from mitral stenosis, a condition that severely narrows his heart’s mitral valve and backs up blood into his lungs. He used to sell goods at the Gurage market in Ethiopia, but his weakening heart forced him to quit his job. If left untreated, Cheru’s condition could result in heart failure.

Fortunately, Cheru’s condition is treatable. However, he needs to fly to India to receive a Percutaneous Transvenous Mitral Commissurotomy (a nonsurgical technique for the treatment of patients with symptomatic mitral stenosis).

A Bollywood aficionado and avid Manchester United fan, Cheru is usually in good spirits and tries his best to cheer up other heart patients. Still, it is bittersweet for Cheru to see his healthy friends get married and start families: He wants to start a family of his own, but he now spends most days laying in bed. And since he’s had to spend his life savings on medical bills, he’s worried that he won’t have enough money to support a family.

Cheru hopes we will be able to raise the money for his treatment in India. He can’t wait to return to his job at the market and one day, start a family. Let’s get Cheru the treatment he needs to thrive!

For the past eight years, Cheru has suffered from mitral stenosis, a condition that severely narrows his heart’s mitral valve and backs up b...

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Cheru's Timeline

  • August 25, 2012
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Cheru's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 31, 2012
    FULLY FUNDED

    Cheru's treatment was fully funded.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

Funded by 42 donors

Funded by 42 donors

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Malia

Malia is a happy and beautiful two year old girl, living in the semi-arid region of Elgeyo Marakwet County in Kenya. Because her mother is still a college student, Malia lives with her grandmother, who runs a small business at a nearby shopping center. Recently, Malia fell and injured her right arm, while playing with other children at her home. Her grandmother brought her to a local clinic, where Malia's arm was bandaged. Malia was then referred to the hospital, because of the pain and swelling in her arm near the elbow. After Malia's arm was X-rayed, doctors discovered that she had sustained a fracture of her humerus bone, and she was sent for further evaluation at the Orthopedic Department of the hospital. The surgeons determined that due to the position of the fracture, and the fact that Malia's bones are still developing, surgery would be necessary to ensure that the bone in her arm grows properly. A long posterior splint was applied, which will stabilize Malia's arm until her surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, has stepped up to help. As Malia's grandmother can only raise a portion of the funds needed for Malia's surgery - which is scheduled to take place on October 4th at AIC Kapsowar Hospital - she is seeking your support to cover the remaining $852 needed for Malia's procedure. Malia's grandmother says: ”I really feel bad when Malia is not happy. She has been keeping me good company, and my prayer is that she gets well and will be able to use her hand well in the future, especially when she goes to school.”

68% funded

68%funded
$583raised
$269to go

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