Help Change Ibrahim's Life

Meet Ibrahim! A 7-year-old boy from Gaza, Palestine. Ibrahim loved playing football and swimming. He had begun learning to memorise the Quran in the mosque and quickly became the best student in his class. His teachers always praised him on his intelligence and his ability to learn things quickly as well as his cheekiness!

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The above is all written in the past tense, sadly his situation now is very different. On the 21st of September 2018, Ibrahim’s, as well as our lives, changed for the worse! One of the worst nightmares for any parent anywhere in the world, Ibrahim got electrocuted whilst playing at home. He was rushed to Al–Aqsa hospital on Gaza strip, where he was treated for his life-threatening injuries. The doctors tried everything they could in their capacity. By the will of God,  thankfully,   Ibrahim survived. 

Post initial treatment, Ibrahim needed to be rehabilitated. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much that could be done for him in Gaza, due to limited resources owing to the conditions there.

My little bundle of joy, the light of my eyes, my chatterbox who had a bright future in front of him is now paralysed from the neck down! He cannot communicate with us, he cannot even inform us when or if he is in pain, this pains me more than I can comprehend and put into words.

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After a considerable struggle, Ibrahim, his maternal grandmother and myself got a permit to go to Cairo, Egypt for treatment. More tests, ones that could not have been done in Gaza, needed to be performed to realise the extent of Ibrahim’s injuries. At this point, we had still not known the effect of the injury to Ibrahim’s sight. He also needed the much-needed intensive physiotherapy. I had to leave my wife and Ibrahim’s siblings in Gaza, the largest open prison in the world, where the residents could be bombed at any time. An extremely agonising decision had to be made, I knew I had no other choice, but to take Ibrahim to Cairo for treatment, many people in Gaza die waiting for this opportunity.

The Journey from Rafah border crossing to Cairo was three agonising days, with little respite. Ibrahim needed an ambulance for transportation, regrettably, this could not be facilitated due to the expenses. The journey was painful and tiresome for us all but obviously much worse for Ibrahim.

Upon arrival in Cairo, tests revealed his sight was impaired; however, the extent of this is not known. He was attended by the physiotherapist five days a week. The progress was excruciatingly slow, this was because there was a delay in getting the therapy for him, also, due to Ibrahim’s injuries, a lengthy time is necessary to achieve the results required.

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After researching various locations and hospitals, I got in contact with a hospital in Turkey (Romatem hospital). The hospital provides the specific physiotherapy that Ibrahim needs as well as other techniques that will help rehabilitate him, such as occupational therapy and speech and language therapy.

The hospital suggested around three months of daily physiotherapy and would require around $7,000 a month, for the hospital fees alone. He is currently losing his muscles and weighs less than 20 kilograms, due to lack of movement and not using them, thus initially, the aim is to strengthen Ibrahim’s muscles. The facility will later facilitate Ibrahim to relearn skills, such as the use of his hands, speech and more ….the mercy and hope from God are undeniably close.

Unfortunately, we had to cut our Cairo treatment short, on the 3rd of May 2019 Gaza was yet again bombed by Israel, my brother-in-law was critically injured and in ICU, I had to take my mother-in-law back to Gaza.

Help us raise this money to get Ibrahim to Turkey to get the treatment he critically needs. Please restore our faith in humanity.

— Ibrahim's Father
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    • £20 
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    • £100 
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  • Sadaf Farooqi 
    • £5 
    • 29 mos
  • Farhana Usman  
    • £20 
    • 29 mos
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    • £381 
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Organizer

Zakiya ALi 
Organizer
London, Greater London, United Kingdom
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