Hosiana is a three-year-old Tanzanian girl, with two loving parents and three siblings. Hosiana’s parents are cattle breeders. Sadly, most of their cattle have died as a result of a persistent drought, and the few remaining cattle aren’t healthy enough to attract buyers, so they are sold off at a loss for their family.
In October 2021, Hosiana fell into a pit of flaming goat manure when she was playing with her friends. Her hands and the skin around her thighs were burned. Hosiana was given first aid at a local clinic, and received further treatment for her wounds at a hospital. After she had healed and returned home, Hosiana’s mother noticed that Hosiana didn’t have full range of motion of her hands. They were advised to return to the hospital, but lacked the funds to do so.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is stepping in to help. Hosiana requires several procedures, including burn contracture release of her right wrist and the third finger on her right hand, a skin graft, and the amputation of her pinkie finger. She will also need additional surgery on the rest of her body. All told, the family is seeking $1,088 to fund these procedures, which are scheduled for February 28th, at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre.
Hosiana’s mother says: “My daughter has never talked. Sometimes I wonder if the fire accident is what caused this. I hope that she gets treatment to make her feel better.”