Saving children’s lives – Mustafa’s lifelong dream
Mustafa came to the US through the Youth Exchange & Study (YES) program in 2008 at the age of 15. I had the privilege of being his local coordinator and have worked with Afghan youth for ten years. He was determined to become a doctor and never strayed from that path. He completed his B.Sc. in Biology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and was pursuing graduate studies in the Program in Cell Biology, the Hospital for Sick Children, Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto.
Mustafa’s body was recently found in Lake Ontario after he had been missing for three months. The cause of his death has not yet been determined. Friends of Mustafa’s from around the world wanted to do something to honor Mustafa’s life and help to fulfill his dreams by raising money to help a little boy in Afghanistan to receive life-saving heart surgery.
Mansoor will be two years old in May 2017. When he was only nine months old, he was diagnosed at the French Medical Institute for Children in Kabul with Ventricular Septal Defect (a congenital hole between the two main pumping chambers of the heart) and Severe Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH). He began heart failure medication at that time. Ten months ago the doctors said that he requires surgery “as soon as possible” before he suffers from irreversible heart failure. But his family is too poor to afford to travel abroad as the surgery is not available in Afghanistan.
Mansoor lives in Ghani Khail District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. Arrangements have been made for his operation and all treatment will be performed free of charge at the Sri Sathya Sai Heart Hospital, Rajkot, India. Farhad Zaheer, a teacher and social activist, has been coordinating the treatment from Afghanistan. Mansoor is one of six Afghan children who Zaheer has helped to get heart surgery in Israel and India. Last month, he emailed Mansoor’s test results to India and a few days ago, he received a reply to send the child and parents’ passport copies so the hospital can prepare an nvitation letter.
Funds are needed to pay for roundtrip ground and air transportation and incidental expenses for Mansoor and his parents. The total costs are estimated at around $1,500.
Please help us to remember Mustafa in the most meaningful way by helping little Mansoor. Those who best knew Mustafa believe this is the most fitting tribute to honor a life that ended too soon. Mustafa worked hard, stayed focused and was committed to saving lives as a medical doctor. He was serious, proud, had a great sense of humor, loved to argue, play tennis, and was a loyal friend. He will be missed deeply.
Contributions can be made via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are in Kabul, cash can be delivered to a local coordinator. If other payment arrangements are needed, please contact Kara by email to discuss other options. Thank you.