Reaching out to a Community of Support

Welcome to Fitsum’s Carelines page! Thank you for coming to support Fitsum in his journey of recovery. Here you can:

Fitsum is the 21-year-old son of our dear friend in Ethiopia. Just over a year ago, he was diagnosed with aplastic anemia (bone marrow failure), a disease that is fatal without treatment but curable with bone marrow transplantation. That is not available in his country, and if it were, there is no way his family could pay for it. Thank God, they did raise enough money for plane tickets to India. Lots of generous friends here provided enough money to pay for the transplant. It took place in India August 18, and he has received excellent care.

However, like 60% of patients after bone marrow transplant, he has had several serious complications: fungal pneumonia, CMV infection, and graft-versus-host disease. These have interfered with his new cells beginning to make platelets. He is responding well to treatment, though he will likely require daily platelet transfusions for another couple of months.

The unexpected costs from these complications continue to accumulate. The hospital CEO has agreed to cap these costs at an additional $20,000, though they have already spent more than that. This is a huge blessing. In addition, living costs between now and when he is finished treatment will be an extra $2000. But it seems more than tragic to bring this young man this far and then abandon him.

Please join us in giving as generously as you can to save this young man’s life. In addition, please share his story on your social media feeds, directing donations to this website. Lots and lots of people, each doing a little, could together make this happen!

Thanks so much!

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