Alena’s story

Current help for individual cases

by LKO,  2015/07/09

Fast, sustainable and comprehensive help for as many people as possible. This is the objective for which the full-time as well as the voluntary humedica field staff members have provided worldwide emergency and catastrophe help for years. Even if this commitment aims at the support of a great many people, the humedica field staff members repeatedly encounter human fates for which these big-scale help measures do not work and the situation requires individual attention. People who cannot help themselves, due to lacking resources or external circumstances. In these cases, the humedica help for individual cases comes into action.

Several times a year, humedica realizes this special kind of help. Measures which sometimes are decisive in a matter of life and death and which very often also improve the lives of whole groups of people. In the context of our questionnaire on individual cases we want to present you the people and their situation behind the current humedica help for individual cases.

Today you get to know the story of Alena from Kenia.

Name and age:

Alena, nine years

Project country:

Kenia

What is the humanitarian situation in the project country like?

Even if Kenia, compared to the other East African countries, has got a well-developed economy, nearly half of its population lives in poverty. Extreme weather conditions and poor infrastructure pose a considerable problem to the big majority, who depends on agriculture, and repeatedly present new challenges to be able to feed themselves and their families. The sad climax of this problem was the hard famine on the Horn of Africa in 2011, which hit millions of people in Kenia.

Especially in rural areas, the medical supply is insufficient. Diseases like malaria, hepatitis and HIV are widely spread – according to UNAIDS, about six percent of the whole adult population are HIV positive. For the concerned persons, who can neither afford a treatment nor the journey to the nearest doctor, this is an existential problem.

Under which circumstances did Alena live at the beginning of the individual help?

Alena, who is nine years old now, has had a really bad start into life: Left back on a waste dump by her biological mother, she barely survived. In the last minute, she was found and brought into the nearest hospital, where she was adopted by her present parents.

When, last year, Alena suddenly could not breathe correctly anymore and had problems talking, the doctors diagnosed a so-called larynxpapillomatose. This is an affection of the larynx, which causes important problems to swallow and breathe and which, in its final stadium, needs an operation to open the trachea, so that the patient will not suffocate. Even if this disease cannot be healed completely, the appearing symptoms can be treated and the pains taken away. But during a first operation in Nairobi Alena lost her voice. For further, urgently needed operations her parents didn’t have enough money.

When Alena’s father Peter, who is head of the humedica partner organization Baby Life Rescue Center, turned towards humedica with an urgent demand for help, Alena became part of the program for help in individual cases.

How does humedica help Alena?

In order to improve her alarming health condition, Alena needed laser surgery. As the medical requirements for this operation were not given in Kenia, humedica organized an operation in South-Indian Bangalore together with its Indian field office and took over all the costs for Alena and her father.

After the operation, Alena could breathe again without pain and recover. But as her illness cannot be healed, Alena will need further medical treatment to be able to lead a life without too important impairments. That is why humedica is going to accompany Alena also in the future with their support.

How does Alena live now?

After the successful treatment in India, Alena and her father returned to her home country Kenia, where she lives with her parents and three brothers and sisters in the port town Mombasa. These words of her father Peter prove that the help for Alena has been at the right moment and at the right place: “We are so grateful that humedica has been at our side during this difficult and challenging time and has made Alena’s treatment possible. We all appreciate this help very much.”

In order to make life worth living for children like Alena and to give them hope for the future, humedica repeatedly offers medical support in the context of its program of help for individual cases. Please become part of this work and, with your donation, bring about directed help measures for innocent people in distress. Thank you very much!

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