a year and a half ago. Aplastic anemia is normally fatal. However, through the generosity of friends like you and everyone who knows him in Ethiopia, he was able to get a bone marrow transplant in a hospital in India last July.
While bone marrow transplants are supposed to cure aplastic anemia, his path was strewn with complications: fungal pneumonia, a viral infection in his blood, and worst of all, Graft-Versus-Host Disease. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THESE HAVE RESOLVED, HE NOW HAS A FUNCTIONING BONE MARROW, HE IS FINISHED WITH TREATMENT, AND HE IS GOING HOME TO ETHIOPIA NEXT WEEK! Rejoice with us—this is a huge miracle for this young man and his financially strapped family!
The bad news came to us in September, by which time his complications had cost far in excess of the original price we were quoted. Fortunately, friends in high positions negotiated an agreement with the hospital to cap the additional costs of whatever care he would need. The hospital continued treating him, with the understanding that his friends outside the country (those reading this!) would pay off the negotiated cap to his additional hospital bill. As you can see, we still have aways to go.
Let’s continue doing what we can to raise the rest of this money so that Fitsum can go home without a crushing medical debt! Please give what you can, and post this on your social media so that others can give, too.
On behalf of Fitsum, his family, and his entire circle of relationships, THANK YOU for giving life back to this outstanding young man! May God bless you for it!