Our Success Stories

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Hekmatullah is 21 years old and is from a small village outside of Jalalabad. Nine months ago, he began fainting while walking. He was taken to the local doctor and it was noted that he was in a 3rd degree heart block.

There is only one cure for 3rd degree heart block…a pacemaker.

Zwan Family Charity was able to give 1500USD for a pacemaker placement in Pakistan. We have an extra 100USD for an air conditioned taxi to make the trip back as without air conditioning, it puts added stress on the heart.

Hekmatullah’s family has not ben able to make the trip back to Kabul yet but we are anxiously awaiting his arrival. His post-placement pictures will be posted once we have them.

 

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Zwan Family Charity raised funds for 20 disabled Afghan children to travel from Kabul, Afghanistan to the RCFC Hospital in Kolkata, India. These children received orthopaedic care free of cost. Zwan Family Charity needed to raise $30,000 in order to book flight tickets and hire a coach to take the children, one parent of each child, 3 members of CEAO and 2 Zwan Family Charity members who provided medical assistance during the journey.

A fundraising event was held at Pablos International in Spain on the 25th November in aid of the children. There was a great turn out and support given to the hosts, Pablo’s, and event organizer, Stevie Spit. The event raised a total of 734 Euro’s. Kim and Janette from Zwan Family Charity were able to do a live link up via Skype from Kabul to Spain to thank everyone for their generous support and making our FIRST international fundraiser a great success!

Four children underwent surgery and the others received orthopaedic treatments and mobility aids. Their story made it into the local newspaper and they appeared on television in India! Thank you to everyone who supported this campaign, the children received their treatment and most of them have returned home.

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Not all of Zwan Family Charity’s cases require a lot of funding

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Sajad came to us will itchy eyes and blurry vision. We took him to the eye hospital in Kabul where he was give some eye drops for the itching and eye glasses for the blurry vision. Sajad is now seeing clearly and the itching is gone. His whole case costs less than 100usd.

Each donation to Zwan Family Charity makes a difference to someone.

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We had another successful Influenza Vaccination Program for the orphans of Kabul in 2015. We were fully funded and were able to vaccinate 150 orphans. All the kids were very brave when receiving their shots!

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This is Suleiman, he is an orphan in Kabul, Afghanistan. Suleiman recently underwent surgery to remove a damaged bone from his ear. Unfortunately, this surgery left him deaf in the ear treated but we will test his other ear to see if he has any hearing ability at all. Suleiman is also mute so cannot speak but we are confident if he could speak, he would be thanking everyone who donated to his surgery.

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We had a family come to us with their 7 month-old son, Seyar. He was born with a hole in his heart and a problem with the valve in the artery that feeds the lungs. Over the last 7 months, the valve had hardened which is making it difficult for oxygen rich blood to get to the lungs where it could become rich and oxygenated. Because of this, he lived his young life in a state of constant oxygen deprivation. While all this went on inside of his body, the rest of the world saw Seyar as a blue baby. Seyar and his parents travelled to Pakistan for his treatment, the operation was a success and he won’t need another operation for a couple of years. He is now happy and smiling a huge smile!! Thank you to everyone who made this all possible!!!

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Mohammad Ebrar is 10 months old and was fighting some type of brain problem. His parents noted that he had a fever and started vomiting and seizing. They took him to FMIC in Kabul where he is in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. FMIC were treating him for everything because they hadn’t found the cause. They expected for him to be in the hospital for 21 days but he was discharged sooner when he showed improvement in his condition. Ebrar is now at home with his family and doing well.

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This is Basirullah, a young orphan who broke his nose while playing with his friends. He underwent surgery in Kabul to mend his nose and is now on the road to recovery.

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Six months ago, Faisal found some metal while playing and began hitting it with a rock when it exploded into his face. He has suffered facial scars and minor disfigurement that we believe will fade with time. However, the explosion resulted in the loss of vision in his left eye.

Faisal was taken to the Opthamologist in Kabul and whom recommended eye surgery that can restore vision. Some patients require two surgeries for vision to be restored. Faisal underwent surgery in early July. He has returned to the Opthamologist and we are delighted to announce that Faisal can see clearly from his damaged eye!

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This is Abida, she is nine-years-old. She underwent brain surgery when she was a year old for a tumor. She had a shunt inserted into her head to relieve pressure on her brain. Over the years and as she has grown the shunt is no longer working as it should. We put out a call to our wonderful donors to help fund her operation and within hours, we had enough money to pay for her treatment!

Following surgery, Abida became very ill and Meningitis was tested for.  Abida was given further treatment and went on to make a full recovery and has now returned to her home and back to school. She will need constant monitoring for the rest of her life but for now, she is fit and healthy thanks to our generous donors and supporters!

 

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 Matiullah

Matiullah is an eleven-year-old boy from Kabul, Afghanistan. He suffered from ASD with Pulmonary Hypertension and due to his condition, he struggled to enjoy a normal life and quickly became tired; playing normal childhood games put pressure on his heart and the exertion caused him to slow down.

With funds from The Nawid Memoral Fund, we were able to send Matiullah to Pakistan and he underwent open heart surgery. The operation was a great success and the Pediatric Cardiologist who treated Matiullah does not expect to see him again. Matiullah spent some time convalescing before he made the journey back to Kabul. He has attended follow-up appointments and he is now feeling much better and we anticipate he will be running around with his siblings and friends very soon!

Thank you to our supporters for helping us get Matiullah the treatment he desperately needed!

If you wish to make a donation to The Nawid Memorial Fund to help other children with cardiac conditions, please send us a message via the Contact Us box below.

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