Melat is 5 years old. She’s been at the hospice we support in Kabuga since yesterday. She’s the youngest patient ever at the only palliative center in Rwanda.
She used to be incredibly energetic and full of life. On a beautiful sunny afternoon last September, she was playing with her friends as usual when the fun was interrupted by a tragic fall. Melat fell and hit her head on the floor and lost consciousness. She was brought to the hospital as quickly as possible but did not come out of a coma for weeks. When she finally regained consciousness, it became clear that the accident had caused major brain damage. She is not responsive and we cannot communicate with her. After four months in the hospital, doctors determined that there was nothing they could do anymore. Her parents tried to seek email help abroad and were hopeful that doctors in India could help her. They too, however, were not able to help the precious girl. Her helpless parents were at a loss for what to do. They don’t have the means to offer her the appropriate care. Once they learned about Kabuga, they decided to put their daughter under our care. They still spend all their free time by her side. Melat moved into Marie-Louise’s room, who’s been with us for two years. She’s taken an interest in caring for the precious girl and spends hours with her, talking to her and keeping her company.
Thankfully, we have Sebastian on our team, a talented physical therapist who’s already come up with a plan for her rehabilitation. We will do everything we can to improve Melat’s condition.
Today, we ask that you remember Melat and her parents. If you can, support us so that we can continue to care for her.