You have just saved Safari for the second time!
These were grave moments. The probe through which little Safari, a patient of our Congolese centre, is fed and is hence still alive, became clogged. To make things worse, this happened at a time when there was constant fighting between the Congolese army and the rebels outside the walls of our hospital.
In March, we admitted to the hospital in Ntamugenga a boy who was on the brink of life and death. For several days, we strengthened the boy’s starved body by giving him therapeutic meals and eventually arranging an operation in Rwanda to insert a temporary probe directly into his stomach. We are fighting for every gram of Safari’s body weight. Our goal is 15 kg; only then will it be possible to operate on the boy and permanently remove the obstruction in his digestive tract that had brought him one step away from death.
The boy and his mother were able to be transported from turbulent Ntamugenga to some friends in Goma. Unfortunately, despite efforts, it was impossible to find a replacement probe in the present circumstances. Many hours had passed since Safari had last eaten, and with the boy’s illness, the lack of regular meals means that he begins losing weight immediately.
You were there to help! Thanks to your support and to Ania Kieniewicz, who was sent to the site, we delivered the probes Safari needed straight from Poland to Congo. Little Safari also owes his life to one of the Sisters of the Angels. Sister Celemance, knowing that the situation was getting very serious by the hour, got behind the wheel without hesitation and set off with the probes to war-torn Congo. She made it! Less than 12 h had passed since the last meal when we started feeding Safari again.
You saved the boy’s life for the second time! Every time you choose to shop at GoodWorks 24/7, you change someone’s life, and often actually save it! Today, with a mass of Congolese still living on the hospital grounds, sheltering from the fighting, every little purchase you make is an actual IV, bag of blood or blister pack of medication that saves lives. Thank you for being there!