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Urgent Funding Needed for Joseph’s Heart Surgery

$13,560 of $13,000 goal

Raised by 134 people in 21 days
Created May 3, 2019
I recently met a 15-year-old boy named Joseph during a medical mission in Abuja, Nigeria with Bridge of Life in partnership with ANPA.  Joseph and his mother, Rosemary, were first in line every morning to receive medical care.  Unfortunately, our team was not able to treat Joseph.  He suffers from a congenital heart condition called tetralogy of Fallot that requires corrective surgery.  This condition causes oxygen-poor blood to flow out of his heart to the rest of his body, leaving him fatigued and out of breath. Yet, Joseph and Rosemary still returned to the clinic every single day and waited from morning until evening with the hope that he might receive treatment.   

I think of Joseph often since returning from Nigeria in mid-April.  He’s 15 going on 16, but wouldn’t pass for over 10 years old.  He was quiet, but determined.  He was strong, but scared.  He was smart, but recently had to quit school because he is too weak to attend.  He graciously accepted food from our team, but sensibly tucked it away to later share with his four siblings.  His eyes looked wise and his face mature, but he seemed young and innocent as he climbed on to his mother’s back each evening for her to carry him home.   

Surgery is the only effective treatment for Joseph.  In fact, less than a quarter of children with tetralogy of Fallot that are not treated surgically live past the age of 10.   Joseph has fought his way to get this far, but his symptoms are quickly worsening and we need to move quickly for Joseph to survive.  ONE surgery would allow him to live a relatively normal life.   

The sad reality of Joseph’s situation is that the single obstacle that prevents him from receiving lifesaving surgery is money.  We have identified a reputable surgeon in Nigeria that can perform the operation, but we can’t move forward without the necessary funds.  $13,000 will cover travel, preoperative investigations, surgery, hospital stay, medications and follow-up.

Please open your hearts to Joseph, and let’s save his heart!  Thank you in advance for any contribution you can offer!
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Joseph arrived back to his hometown Abuja today! He is surprising everyone by his speedy recovery. His surgeon, Dr. Sanusi, said, "Thank God the surgery went well. He is recovering very well."
I know one mama that is going to be very excited to see her kiddo!
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WOW!!!! Joseph is standing and even took a small walk around the hospital. He also ate some rice!!!! I'm so grateful for his speedy recovery.

A HUGE congratulations to Joseph's incredible medical crew... This would have never happened without their support! The nursing team said that Joseph is a bright boy with a bright face!

And because of YOU, Joseph has a shot at a bright future!!! Thank you!!!!
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Joseph seems to be recovering well. He is awake and talking. Dr. Michael Sanusi, the surgeon, called the surgery a success! Thank you so much for your support! More to come!
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Joseph just completed 8 hours of surgery and is in the ICU. I’ll update as I learn more. Thank you for all the support and healing energy! ❤️
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Raised by 134 people in 21 days
Created May 3, 2019
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