Praise God for Fuad’s story
Praise God for Fuadâ€™s story. Last year Compassion Ethiopia asked for prayer for Fuad as doctors gave him a 10 percent chance of survival.
Fuad was diagnosed with severe mitral stenosis, a disorder that obstructs the mitral valve in the heart.
â€śIt all felt strange. I was very active and energetic, but that slowly changed,â€ť remembers Fuad. â€śInitially I kept all the pain to myself and didnâ€™t want to tell anyone. I thought it would somehow go away, and I didnâ€™t want to worry my parents. Every time I walked back home, I wished I could walk the steep road as before, but it only got worse.
It was the scariest time of my life. I could see the worry on the face of every doctor who examined me. My condition worsened by the day. I was scared to sleep at night, because I would suddenly lose my breath.â€ť
Fuadâ€™s project got involved immediately. The health worker travelled with him to every hospital appointment. After the doctors recommended surgery and decided to refer him abroad, the projectâ€”in collaboration with the health specialist in the Ethiopia country officeâ€”took over the process of organising Fuadâ€™s treatment in India. Even though the doctorsâ€™ prognosis of a 10 percent chance of survival didnâ€™t give much hope, the staff insisted that he went.
Fuad traveled to India with his project director for the heart surgery. When he left for India, his projectâ€™s partner church joined Compassion Ethiopia in prayer and fasting.
They praise God that, despite the odds given by the doctors, the surgery was a great success and Fuad has made a full recovery.
â€śWhen I think back on the past three years, I believe I joined the project for this reason,â€ť says Fuad. â€śMy parents couldnâ€™t have afforded my medical treatment here, let alone abroad. I feel like I was given a second chance. I have regained my strength and can now be involved in any activity I want to. Iâ€™m very grateful for my project and Compassion for everything.â€ť
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