Let's Stand by Mahir

                                        Let’s Stand by Mahir

Mahir Abdusemed is a humble, compassionate and hard-working 25-year-old student living in the capital city of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. He currently lives at home with his mother, two brothers and a sister. Sadly, he had lost his father in a tragic car accident at the young age of three years old. Their lives have been quite difficult following the passing of their father, particularly on the boys of the family, who had to step up and take on greater responsibilities in order to provide for the family. Their mother, heart-broken and grieving, had no idea of the greater tragedy that would ensue.

Mahir was diagnosed with a condition called a “posterior urethral valve” when he was born, meaning he had an obstructive abnormality in his urethra causing bladder obstruction. For this, he had two surgeries shortly after birth for it to be corrected. Mahir lived a normal life for years and was able to go to school and study architecture, something that he is very passionate about. Now approaching his final year of university, he was unfortunately forced to drop out of school because his health was progressively getting worse.

Mahir had gone to the doctor as he was feeling generally unwell, only to discover that his kidneys were completely shut down and was forced to start dialysis and is currently doing this three times a week for the past year. Mahir’s family had learned that 50% of people diagnosed with this condition at birth later developed end-stage kidney failure. His mother’s worse fears were confirmed, she would soon face the possibility of losing another family member, and this time it was her son. Unfortunately as his condition progressed the doctors have told Mahir that the only way he can beat this is by having a kidney transplant. Fortunately, Mahir’s brother had volunteered to donate his kidney to his brother in order to save his life!

Deeply grief-struck and concerned his friends and family in Ethiopia rallied together and were able to raise $10 000, all of which was spent on his daily dialysis.  Mahir’s family is currently financially disadvantaged as there is only one breadwinner in the family, his brother. Even with the money donated from friends and family in Ethiopia, they have learned that this was not enough for the kidney transplant procedure. Mahir’s family were told they need a total of $ 50 000.

This is where we NEED your help! Any small donation can be instrumental in saving Mahir’s life and helping him to become the architect that he dreams of becoming. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mahir’s family during this difficult time and we kindly urge you to help us in accomplishing this goal!

Thank you for helping in any way that you can!
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