In certain cases, there’s an organization within our network of NGOs which already provides the medical treatment the child needs. We match the child to the right organization. Here are some of their stories.
Mohamad is an 11-year old Palestinian refugee who lives in a camp in Lebanon. Four years ago, Mohamad's mother noticed that his neck was beginning to stiffen at a bent position, and that the condition was becoming progressively worse with time.
After taking him to several doctors, his mother brought him to Dr. Abu Sittah's clinic at American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC). Dr. Abu Sittah diagnosed him with Torticollis, a congential muscular deformity, and then referred him on to us.
We were able to connect Mohamad with the services of Palestine Children's Relief Fund (PCRF), who were able to cover the costs of the necessary surgery.
On 22 December 2015 Mohamad received a successful surgery and was discharged.
At 16, Doha and her family left Syria when their city fell under siege.
Shortly after arriving in Lebanon, Doha turned yellow and lost a huge amount of weight. Her family, sick with worry, took her to a hospital where a diagnosis uncovered a potentially cancerous tumor in her stomach and the possibility of tuberculosis in her lymph nodes.
With barely enough money for food, getting a biopsy or a second opinion was a huge financial burden for the family. Instead, they were left to watch Doha wither away.
This is where we stepped in.
We connected Doha to AUBMC. She was admitted for multiple tests, PET scan and a surgical biopsy to examine the tumor. Fortunately, the test results came back as negative and she was clear of cancer.
What the doctors did find, however, was that she did have tuberculosis (TB).
We referred this onto the Lebanese TB program, who have provided Doha with a course of medicine for the past six months.
Alia’s life changed forever one night when the small village she lived in was bombed. Alia, just four years old at the time, was hit with shrapnel when her house was destroyed. The shrapnel lanced into the back of her left knee, and she lost most of the flesh surrounding it.
Her wound was wrapped, but when the skin healed over the knee, it was left stuck in a jarringly bent position. She later received surgery in Syria to open it up, but this caused the nerve below the knee to stretch too suddenly, which caused severe nerve damage.
Alia no longer has any sensation in her left leg. Her mother discovered this when she saw Alia walk over glass and not even wince in pain - despite the fact that she needed five stitches. The surgery, along with destroying her nerves, has also resulted in her developing a severely flat foot, along with tendons in her foot that no longer work.
Doctors at AUBMC examined Alia’s EMG, only to find that the tendons in her leg were too damaged for the surgery they initially proposed in February. They found a suitable alternative in the form of a brace, that fits into her shoe, keeping her foot at a 90-degree angle.
We worked closely with other NGOs to find someone who would be able to fit her with a brace – and Handicap International have provided her with one. Alia will now be able to move better with the use of her brace and continues to want to teach English in the future.