6-year old boy from Gaza needs medical care
Organized by: Jen Marlowe
Jen Marlowe via Crowdrise
May 23, 2015
[NOTE: People have been so incredibly generous! We met our original fundraising goal, raised the amount, met it again, and raised the amount again! Abdallah's needs and expenses will be ongoing, so the more we can raise now, the longer we can provide for his medical care.)
Fom Abdallah's mom, who was with her little boy at the hosptial in Tel Aviv, where he underwent two days of testing:
"I began to lose hope that Abdallah would get medical care, until you made it a reality. Thank you, from deep within a mother's heart, a heart which is filled with pain for her son."
6 year old Abdallah Abu Kash, from Gaza, has been diagnosed with bronciectasis, a rare lung & chest disease. Hospitals in Gaza do not have the ability to do the medical testing that Abdallah needs, so that he can begin his treatment. With testing and proper treatment, Abdallah should be able to live a relatively normal life. Without it, however, the disease can be fatal.
Abdallah need to continue testing so that he can receive the proper treatment.
There will be ongoing medical needs, and ongoing medical expenses, as well.
Abdallah is Wadi Gaza in the central Gaza Strip, and comes from a very poor family. His father used to be a farmer, but, after sewage was redirected to Wadi Gaza, flooded the agricultural fields and destroyed the farming, Abdallah's father now works as a guard at a newly constructed sewage treatment plant. He earns $230/month with which he supports his wife and seven children. The family has no way to afford even the transportation to the hospital, much less the medical expenses.
I (Jen) met the family in 2012, and saw them again in 2015, when I was doing research in Wadi Gaza for an article I was writing about the water and sanitation crisis in Gaza. (In fact, I begin the article with Abdallah's father talking about the impact of the sewage on the community.)
Please give what you can, so that we can guarantee that this child will have access to these critically important medical tests and treatment!
In solidarity, and with gratitude,
Jen Marlowe, Fadi Abu Shammala & Moriel Rothman-Zecher