Give Ibra the chance to walk again

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Raised by 33 people in 6 months
Ibra Kamulegeya is a 12 year old boy from Mayira village in southwestern Uganda. Since the age of 8 he has been battling a rare foot disease which has crippled him to this day. Ibra dropped out of school in Grade 5 because he could no longer walk.

U.S. Treatment Offer

Ibra's only chance to save his foot and walk again is to fly to Richmond, VA to receive treatment currently not available in Uganda.   A Doctor at MCV at Virginia Commonwealth University collaborating with another Doctor at St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond has generously offered to run tests and try treatment regimens not currently available in Uganda. 

Ibra's appointment is for the second week of April 2018. We have only four weeks to fly Ibra to Richmond and get this life-altering care.


Medical Background

The disease started as a simple itching on the foot. Then started swelling. Gradually the foot began to decay, he has seen many doctors  in Uganda to no avail. Several tests and biopsies have been conducted, including  HIV and cancer tests, but there has not been a proper diagnosis at this time.  His family was told he needs to have his foot amputated as it was thought it was a cancer. 

Ibra’s health is deteriorating day by day. He can no longer stand on his own and now the disease seems to be spreading to the other foot .   The family is very poor and they have sold everything including their property  to pay his hospital bills.  

Ibra prays that one day he will recover and be able to play and go to school like any other child his age. He keeps telling his parents that, “as soon as I get well, I want to go back to school.” 

The Need
Your donations will make Ibra's trip to the United States possible by covering the following expenses: 

$1,000 Visa fees 
$1,000 Food and travel expenses while in the U.S. 
$3,000 Airfare from Uganda to U.S (Ibra and accompanying adult)

Uganda Rural Fund a non-profit based in Richmond Virginia through Father John Mary Lugemwa is sponsoring Ibra, please visit www.ugandaruralfund.org for more information on URF, donations can also be made through URF website and all gifts are tax deductible. 

Thank you for your generosity.  Any contribution will be greatly appreciated. 

Our hope is to have Ibra arrive in Richmond the first week of April.   We will continue to keep you updated with photos and messages from Ibra. Thank you so much for your consideration. Anything will help.  Please share this worthy cause with your friends as well.

For information about the case, you may reach:
Fr. John Mary Lugemwa, OSB
Email: jmlugemwa@ugandaruralfund.org

Mary Carter Hyman
Email:  mc_hyman@hotmail.com  

Dr. Benjamin Kaster, MD
Email: benjamin.kaster@gmail.com 

Learn more about Uganda Rural Fund at   http://www.ugandaruralfund.org 

Photos:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/ugandaruralfund/ 


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Ibra's first procedure went well and spent a week in the hospital. The Doctor from St. Mary's hospital took some biopsies and cultures and we are expecting results this Friday. An infectious disease doctor from MCV is handling the testing portion of the case. They started him on some meds to see how the foot reacts and if it reduce the swelling. We are seeing some slight improvement. Ibra is good spirits and having a great time hanging out with many friends in Richmond. Thanks everyone for prayers. We shall keep you updated.
Right after surgery
During hospitalization
Foot on June 02- looks like drying up
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Dear friends, Ibra arrived in Richmond on Sunday, May 20. He is at the hospital right now - had x-rays, MRI, and blood work. He is scheduled for a procedure tomorrow, Thursday at 11:15am. Dr. Sharps will be doing debriding on the bottom of Ibra's foot so they can get proper biopsies done. Please continue to pray that all goes well. THANK you so much for your care for Ibra.
How the foot looks like now
Enjoying outdoors
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Great new: Ibra was granted a U.S. visa on Wednesday and will arrive in Richmond on Sunday, May 13th. His first appointment is scheduled for May 16th. THANK you so much for all your support and prayers. Ibra is so excited. We shall keep you updated. God bless you. Fr. John Marie
A Thank you with a smile
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Thank You from Ibra
Many thanks from Ibra to all friends
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$4,800 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 33 people in 6 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Uganda Rural Fund USA, Inc.
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