Hope in the Midst of Despair
Imagine – you and your family are refugees – forced from your home country, living in temporary shelters, dependent on others for everything, uncertain of your future.
What do you do in circumstances like this if your child has a serious medical problem requiring surgery or urgent treatment?
Meet three-year old Shabir Hashim from Dadaab Refugee Camp of Kenya, the world’s largest refugee settlement. There are more than 350,000 displaced Somalis here and conditions are dismal.
Shabir had a rare congenital condition that was causing him constant and agonizing abdominal pain. His father, Sayid, had been seeking medical help for Shabir but it just wasn’t available in the camp. Sayid’s biggest concern – “Time!” Little Shabir was living in misery and urgently needed medical treatment.
“Watching my son suffer was very distressful,” said Sayid. “Imagining that I could not do anything to help him made me feel like a failure!”
To Sayid’s relief, the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) and NCCK’s Referral Nurse, Prisca, referred Shabir to BethanyKids at Kijabe Hospital for surgery. They brought Shabir and his father to BethanyKids Hospital where our doctors immediately scheduled Shabir for surgery. Finally, Sayid had hope that his son would get the help he so desperately needed.
“I am grateful that we’ve finally found a hospital where my son can be treated. I pray that his problem gets fixed,” said Sayid.
Following a successful surgical procedure, Shabir and his father were discharged from BethanyKids Hospital ten days later.
Partnership is key to our work at BethanyKids. Without support and referrals from partners like NCCK, we simply cannot effectively and efficiently serve our patients who come from all over Kenya. These partnerships make it possible for BethanyKids to improve and transform the lives of many needy and disadvantaged children who come to us for surgical care.
Perhaps our most important partner, though, is you. It’s your generous support that makes it possible for children like Shabir to get the urgent medical care they need. Because of you, families across Kenya, and throughout Africa, are finding hope that their children will live and have a future.