Tilahun is an 18-year-old boy who has suffered from rheumatic heart fever (an inflammatory disease that can lead to heart failure) and mitral stenosis (a disorder that prevents the heart’s mitral valve from opening fully) since birth. These two severe heart conditions leave Tilahun bedridden and have prevented him from ever attending school.
Despite his heart problems, Tilahun is remarkably upbeat. He enjoys laughing with friends and listening to the Ethiopian pop-icon, Teddy Afro.
Because of the severity of his condition, Tilahun needs to fly to India for life-saving heart surgery.
Dr. Hodes believes that after receiving treatment, Tilahun will finally be able to attend school. Tilahun wants to be an English teacher when he grows up, and his parents, along with his six brothers and sisters, hope we can raise the money needed to save his life. Let’s make it happen!