FRIENDS OF NOBEL
Organized by: Friends of Nobel
LATEST UPDATE ON NOBEL'S CONDITION
February 01, 2017
“My dream is to play soccer with my friends”- Nobel Habib Temam
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Now, you can be part of making Nobel's dream come true. Read the rest of his story and learn how you can help!
Nobel was born on 02 December 2002 in a small village in Ethiopia. Unfortunately, his hip was dislocated during delivery, and hospital staff lacked the training to treat this common birth injury. Nobel became severely deformed.
Life was tough growing up crippled in their small village. Accommodations for the handicapped common in Western societies do not exist in Ethiopia. Fire, Nobel’s mother searched endlessly for medical help over the next ten years, but without luck. Finally, things changed when Nobel was eleven. Some might call it destiny.
Fire and Nobel made the long journey to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital, to see "Dr. Rick," an Jewish-American doctor Fire had heard about. Richard Hodes, M.D. immediately diagnosed Nobel's skeletal malformations. Nobel has a deformed spine, hip, leg and knees and requires multiple operations. Few pediatric orthopedic surgeons have the skill or experience to manage such a complex case. Dr. Rick’s diagnosis was met with an all-too-familiar despair when he also explained that Nobel’s condition could not be treated in Ethiopia.
By chance, Israelis Lori and Doron Bacher were travelling in Ethiopia. They went to see Dr. Rick whom they'd met on a previous visit and happened upon Nobel and Fire in the waiting room. They struck up a conversation and formed an instant bond with Fire. When the Bachers learned Nobel could not be treated in Ethiopia, they determined to help him. Upon returning to Israel, they immediately got to work, started a fundraising campaign and began searching for surgeons.
Two years later, Lori approached a close friend, Jack De Lowe. Jack and his wife Helene founded the Aaron DeLowe Intervention Center at Beit Issie Shapiro, a leading charity that develops innovative therapies for children with disabilities. For more than twenty years, Jack had volunteered for another Israeli charity, Ezra Lemarpe, and helped its founder, Rabbi Abraham Eliashev Firer, a Hassidic Orthodox Jew and self-taught medical expert with contacts worldwide. Rabbi Firer's life mission is to help anyone with a difficult medical case.
Nobel and Fire are Christians and had never met a Hassidic Jew before. Jack brought Nobel’s story to Rabbi Firer who determined Nobel's best chance for treatment was Dr. Gleeson Rebello, a Harvard surgeon. He also treats patients at Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston which provides care free of charge.
Getting visas for Nobel and his mother was very difficult, but after much effort, Jack’s dear friend, Sam Abady, a New York lawyer convinced the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa to issue two-year visitor’s visas for Nobel and Fire.
Finally, after years of anticipation, Nobel and his mother boarded a plane to Israel on September 14, 2016. They had an emotional reunion with the Bachers at the Tel Aviv airport. Nobel and Fire met Rabbi Firer and Jack De Lowe for the first time, and four days later, continued their flight on El Al to Boston and the Shriners Hospital.
The first steps involved X-rays, tests, surgical meetings, and then more X-rays and tests. After two months of evaluation, Dr. Rebello and his team made their announcement: they would take Nobel's case and operate. Nobel will under multiple procedures over the course of the next two years. He has begun pre-surgical physical therapy and the surgical team will meet with him on December 8th, and thereafter, he's off to the operating room.
While Shriners provides all medical care for free, it does not provide housing or living expenses. His friends must foot that bill. About $7,000 has been raised to date and another $25,000 is needed to cover their 2 year stay in Boston. Please help Nobel as much as you can. Contribute here: https://www.crowdrise.com/friends-of-nobel/fundraiser and please share this message with those on your list and Facebook page.