You need to.
This just may be the cutest and most adorable boy in Iraq.
Alawi Hussein is just under three and a half years old and he was born with a congenital heart defect.
At 9 months old, instead of taking bets on what his first word was going to be, his parents were coping with the devastating news that Alawi had a heart problem. It was a heart problem, like most heart problems in Iraq, that could only be fixed outside of Iraq.
The list of countries that could help him was long.
Basically – many other countries except the one he was born in.
While the list of opportunities was long, the list of actual possibilities for Alawi was short.
Hearing about all the doctors overseas that can heal your son is simply cruel if you don’t have the money – or even a passport – to pursue the option.
His family had to learn to enjoy the time they had with Alawi and just hope for a remedy the doctors might have somehow missed.
That surprise came this month when they were called by their local cardiologist here in southern Iraq and told that Alawi no longer needs to go overseas to be saved, because of a team of doctors and nurses that was being brought in to save his life at the hospital just fifteen minutes from their home
It was thirty-two months later than they were hoping but remedy finally came to southern Iraq.
We still hope that Alawi’s family will visit foreign countries someday, but not as last chance medical tourists!
You are the Remedy.
You bring in medical teams every time you give. Our medical teams teach Iraqi doctors and nurses. Our medical teams save lives. So Iraqi doctors and nurses learn how to save lives. Our medical team goes home. The Iraqi’s keep saving lives.
It’s one beautiful domino affect!
We hope we can save Alawi’s life this week… and not just because he’s one of the cutest boys in Iraq! Follow Alawi’s story this week on the blog and on our Facebook page (<-- link) to see what comes next...
August 15, 2010 by Jeremy · Comments Off
There is no sound on this video… but you will hear the impact of your giving loud and clear by the end of next week.
Remedy Missions are international pediatric heart surgery teams that we bring to Iraq to to perform lifesaving heart surgeries and develop the infrastructure for the future.
If you’re on Twitter this week be sure to use the #Remedy or #RemedyMission hashtag to describe all the good news coming out of Iraq this week via @preemptivelove and @babyheart_org.
As with most grassroots business (or is it most business?), things are perpetually changing around here, with “here” being a fluid idea that encompasses Buy Shoes. Save Lives. volunteers in America, shoemakers in Iraq, or this weird “here” called the Internet and BSSL’s online home, buyshoessavelives.com.
“Here” in America things are changing as one donor has given $1,500 for marketing and advertising expenses. We’re currently researching options for how to best spend that money, what demographic to pursue, and the timing of such an investment.
“Here” in Iraq we’ve made our first purchase of over 30 pairs of shoes and shipped them to the States. If you ordered before July 15th, your klash are only a few more weeks away from arriving at your door so you can rock the ‘hood.
“Here” in Iraq we’re aslo trying to do some travel this week to learn more about the shoe-making process and to potentially cut out the middle man, thereby allowing more funds for heart surgeries.
“Here” at buyshoessavelives.com we had a generous investment of time by a American business owner who did an in-depth review of the site and gave us some tips on how to cut out the fat and beef up the beef. We’re not the most savvy guys around, and we didn’t start this thing because we were marketing gurus or salesmen, but we’re doing our best to keep up with demand and communicate what we have going on here and why others should want in on it.
Thanks for hanging with us. Keep checking the blog…. there’s more exciting things around the corner.
Jeremy & Cody