Amilaku is a 2-year-old boy from Ethiopia who loves to play football with his mom. His mom is raising him on her own and spends her days caring for him, collecting firewood from the woods, and fetching water from springs. This work requires her to travel long distances and carry the wood and water on her back. She also sells traditional beer to earn a living; however, income from this venture is limited, so her parents support her by giving her some grains from their farm at harvest time.
Since birth, Amilaku has had an inguinal hernia that causes him to have a reduced appetite, burning or aching sensations at the bulge, and experience pain and discomfort. Amilaku’s mom desperately wanted to seek medical attention for her child, but the nearest health facility was three days away, and she did not have the resources to facilitate their transport. Her hopes of finding treatment for her child diminished. A social worker heard her story and communicated with BethanyKids, our medical partner’s care center, who facilitated their travel and accommodation to the hospital.
Happily, on December 5th, Amilaku will undergo hernia repair surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $512 to fund Amilaku’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.
Amilaku’s mom said, “I hope with this surgery, the bulge will disappear, and he will get normal and free of any complications.”