Patients to be treated abroad: BHHF helps refugee children
BHHF’s founder with a delegation from Sweden, Germany, and Poland, visited Rizgari camp, located in the province of Sulaymaniyah, in August 2015. In that camp, there were about 2 300 families, almost all of them from the Iraqi province of Salladin.
While we were listening to the refugees complains about their hard life in the camp, we noticed a 12-year-old boy (Samir), who just passed by. Immediately, we realized that something was wrong with him, since his movements were unstable. Later we heard that 37% of his body is burnt, therefore he continuously was in pain.
Locally, his needed treatment is not available. BHHF discussed the case of Samir, and we decided to help him, by sending him to India for skin-transplantation.
Samir and the president of the BHHF in Rizgari camp
This was BHHF’s first case, and the preparation took some months, but, eventually, we found a collaboration partner, Nechirvan Barzani’s (Prime minister of Kurdistan) office for health issues. They were ready to help Samir and other children, while BHHF stands for all the costs, by finding a proper treatment for them in India.
This office has helped tens of children with severe cases, by treating them in India. During our visit back to the same camp in February 2016, we saw another child (Ahmad), 7-year-old boy, also from Salladin, with even severer burnt. We have also decided to help him with skin-transplantation in India.