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Help my father! I ask you to!

Organized by: Paulina Bush

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My dad Barak is a loving father and a doting grandfather to many grandkids. He has lived a long and healthy life always caring for others especially relatives in need and others in my local community in Kenya. The last few years he has faced many health issues. Two weeks ago my younger sister came home to find dad lying in bed half unconscious, his skin color darkened and his breathing compromised. Dad was clutching anything he could hold on due to unbearable pain.My dad could not recognize my sister Mary. My sister suffers from complications of early onset diabetes and had travelled a long journey to come home knew she had to do something quick. Tired and weary with her swollen feet she got her walking cane paid a taxi and took my sickly dad to a mission hospital on the outskirts of Nairobi. Dad had been receiving treatment there for apparent high blood pressure. Long story short dad had complications of his prostate, pneumonia and other respiratory ailments. His pulse ox was 88% on room air. Normal pulse ox if 92% and above. Before they could treat dad a biopsy was completed but the mission hospital lacks modern technology. Dad had to wait for biopsy result a whole month. Given dad's physical symptoms and age (dad is 76yrs) we knew it was critical he gets rapid treatment. We decided to take dad to a more advanced hospital. On that same day dad was again transported to Nairobi hospital. In 3 days, dad was seen by various specialists. A new biopsy was completed which came back negative for cancer. We are grateful to God for that. For several years this mission hospital had been treating dad for hypertension. At Nairobi hospital it was discovered dad's hypertension was a misdiagnosis. This was scary news as dad was had been on blood pressure meds for several years. At Nairobi hospital a prostatectomy was done, they stopped all blood pressure medications. The pneumonia continues to persist and dad is now on oxygen. A few other medical issues are pending and dad is still admitted at Nairobi hospital. My dad is retired, I am the eldest of five girls. In Kenya we have no pension, no medicare, no insurance. I am the only one in my family residing and working in America. I have used up my savings and every cent I can spare towards my dad's medical bills. My dad is a great man. Having only a 5th grade education in an African country where life is basically tough without a decent education. My dad worked diligently to put food on the table, educate all his children and care for everyone of our needs. He has helped many of our relatives and he is greatly respected by all who know him. I am proud to be called his daughter. At this moment we have separate hospital and doctor's bills. In addition their are other expenditures that come from having a sick family member e.g. transportation costs to the hospital, my mom not been able to operate her business due to visit with dad etc etc. Today, I put my pride down and kindly ask your help support pay my dad's medical bills. Time is also critical. Dad cannot be released from the hospital until all the bills are paid. My sister and I are teaming up asking friends and well-wishers come support my dad. May God greatly reward you as you consider supporting my dad. Your prayers for my dad's speedy recovery are greatly appreaciated.


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