Help Fund Kaleab's Spine Surgery

$1,695 of $22,000 goal

Raised by 9 people in 25 months

Kaleab is one of the children living in a Betasab group home, part of the Global Family Initiative project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Kaleab is an excellent student, and passionate about art. This winsome boy has Pott’s Disease (also called tuberculosis spondylitis) a form of tuberculosis of the spine. Though we don’t see it often in the US, it’s an ancient form of the disease, and unfortunately one of the most dangerous versions. Instead of growing straight, the spine becomes deformed, bending into a permanent V-shape and often compressing the spinal cord. Untreated, it causes permanent bone destruction and deformity, paraplegia, and can lead to an early death.

But Kaleab is one of the lucky ones. He has the opportunity to receive life saving, life changing surgery. He’s been seen by some of the world’s experts in surgery to repair the damage caused by Pott’s Disease, and they believe he is an excellent candidate for the procedure.

Here’s where we need your help, and in a big way. In America, this dangerous spinal surgery would cost over $100,000. But overseas, we can receive the same operation from the top doctor in the world for about $22,000. It’s sounds like a lot, but not when you consider the alternatives. Please help us as generously as you can to make sure that Kaleab has the future he deserves, one in which he can grow to pursue his dreams as an artist, where he can walk freely without pain, and look forward to enjoying a long and happy life.


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$1,695 of $22,000 goal

Raised by 9 people in 25 months
Created November 22, 2016
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