My son, Ahmed, is a 6-year-old boy who was dealt a bad hand in life. He was born in 2013 into a family of loving parents and two older sisters. A third child was a blessing to my wife and I, but our happiness was quickly interrupted.
We counted the weeks until we could welcome our new baby boy into this world. Loving a child even before he is even born is a strange thing, but any parent would understand it. Ahmed’s sisters were very also excited to finally have a brother to play with.
Luckily, my wife had a normal pregnancy without any complication, but when my son was born, we suspected something was not right. Test were done, specialists were called in, and when the results were done our world got turned upside down.
Ahmed was suffering from several medical conditions related to his heart and his ears. In addition to multiple health problems, our son was also physically different than other babies. After additional tests, it turned out that our son had a Down Syndrome.
It was a great shock to our family, mostly because we knew so little about this condition and what it entailed. It took us some time to learn about it and realize what it required from us as parents. We made a promise to make his life the best it can be.
My wife and I have simple backgrounds. We did not come from wealth. The life we have was built by working hard and being kind human beings. Our children have always been a priority to us. Providing them with what they need always came first, but now we are struggling to fulfill that promise.
Ahmed’s medical conditions have required multiple surgeries and frequent visits to the doctor. He suffered from undescended testis, and small ear pipes that do not provide proper liquid drainage. Ahmed also had a heart surgery recently, where a spring was installed. The surgeries he had were successful, but more will be required when he is older and his body is more developed. Unfortunately, Ahmed’s preexisting condition does not qualify him for an insurance that could help pay the medical bills.
It breaks our hearts that we cannot afford to pay for what is one of the most important things in life: health. If you are a parent or a caretaker of any kind, you might understand how we feel. Those who care for children with special needs might also understand what a tremendous responsibility that is.
My family and I want to give Ahmed the best life possible, and you can be a part of it. By donating any amount, small or large, you will contribute to paying for Ahmed’s medical bills and providing him with a better future. If you don’t have anything to give, that is not a problem. You can help by sharing our story with others.We appreciate your time and your help.