Remember this little girl ? Fourteen year old Sufi has lived with this tumour since she was five. She spent 9 long years unable to eat, drink, breathe and speak properly. She still manages to smile and incredibly her eyes are full of joy – she is a truly inspirational character.
When the tumour started, her parents who are farmers in Oromia, took her to the local hospital in Ambo from whered she was referred to a hospital in Addis Ababa. Unable to pay for the journey and accommodation in the capital, an amount you probably spend for your lunch every day, rge desperate parents took the girl to a traditional healer, who thankfully decided not to apply any of his dubious traditional healing methods, including battery acid or piece of hot metal, on the girl and just said he cannot help.
Sufi was referred to Facing Africa by Save the Children. Her parents were told that our surgeons are the only hope for Sufi’s survival. Without complex reconstructive surgery, Sufi’s tumour would grow in her mouth until she would not be able to eat or breathe. Facing Africa will operate on Sufi in October. Her surgery is a complicated and expensive procedure, requiring special surgical instruments, lengthy preparations and planning with the help of an international team. Our lead surgeon, Kelvin Mizen has already spent many hours with Synthes in Belgium planning the reconstruction. Using advanced TruMatch computer enhanced technology, the team has planned the jaw reconstruction using titanium plates and bone from Sufi’s leg and to save her life.
Facing Africa is extremely excited to bring such an advanced technology and skills to Ethiopia. We feel humbled to be able to help Sufi and other children who would die because the help they need simply do not exist in their country.
If you would like to be a part of Sufi’s journey to a better life, please donate using this link.
We will be delighted to share Sufi’s smiles with you later this year.