"It always seems impossible until it's done." —Nelson Mandela
We ended 2012 celebrating the 300th surgery since our beginning in 2007! As we begin 2013, we are looking forward to 300 more before the end of the year.
This year we aim to double the number of children we have helped in just ⅕ of the time. We will also double the number of cities we are working in and double the amount of education and training we are able to provide—daunting goals. But, really, it doesn't seem too daunting after the mountains we've already scaled together.
There was a time when sending Iraqi Muslim children to Israel seemed like it would never work. Then there was the fatwa that called for our punishment and death for sending those kids to Israel.
Becoming a full-service, turn-key operation by sending children to Turkey once seemed impossible.
Our dream of hosting surgery teams inside Iraq to operate and train locals took years to realize and seemed more than a little crazy when the country was falling apart around us.
And even after we successfully brought these teams to cities all over the country, the idea of replicating it in an historically difficult city like Fallujah seemed even crazier.
But, with your help and with the help of our excellent partners, we've accomplished all of those things—and now we're headed back to Fallujah again.
Remedy Mission XV begins this week. The first step of our journey toward 300 more surgeries begins now!
We promise it'll be worth your while.
For the impossible,
If you’ve been following Hussain’s story, you know our attempts at getting him to lifesaving surgery have been eventful. He was scheduled for surgery, then he was bumped to the next mission, then that mission was canceled, but now he is getting his chance.
Our 11th surgical training mission is about to begin in Najaf, where Hussain and many other children will get their lives back!
Read real-time updates on Hussain’s progress on his personal update page, where you can also leave him an encouraging note of your own. I look forward to telling Hussain about you, and about so many others who have stood by him through this journey!
More updates to come…
January 15, 2012 by Cody · Comments Off
A lot of you met Ali already, when he welcomed you to Remedy.
Whether he’ll admit it or not, he’s the ringleader and the brains behind The Fantastic Five. When Ali and The Fantastic Five aren’t by my side, it usually means I’m in the OR or in a meeting, in which case Ali will patiently sit right outside the door separating us. Just last night he called me over a dozen times on my phone, asking how I was doing and exhausting all of the Arabic I know.
What excites me the most about my friend Ali, though, is what he wants to be when he grows up. He wants to become a heart surgeon.
Yesterday we sat down and talked about his heart defect and I asked him why he wanted to become a heart surgeon. He responded, “I want to save others like me.”
If all goes well, Ali is just days away from his lifesaving heart surgery, where he’ll be saved by a heart surgeon and his team. I asked Ali if he’s excited for his surgery and he gave me a thumbs up and said “Yes – Yes!”
Ali is one day closer to being saved and getting the chance to save others…stay tuned!