Believe It Or Not, Things Are Looking Up For Hamma!

This little guy is having a rough day. And we've all been here, haven't we? Sitting on some cold table with a bunch of strange people poking and prodding. It's not the kind of photo we show you a lot, but faces like this aren't uncommon to our work. With a few exceptions, kids generally hate hospitals—this little guy even more than most.

His name is Hamma, and his problems started about a year ago when doctors told his parents of Hamma's need for heart surgery. As if that weren't enough, Hamma fell down the stairs a couple weeks ago while chasing his sister and broke his nose. I'm not sure which was more painful: the shame of being bested by your little sister or actually smashing your face in, but add his oxygen-deprived blood and the fact that he hadn't eaten all day and this is the kind of face you get.

But there is a light at the end of Hamma's tunnel! In fact, I think his best days are ahead of him, but he needs surgery first. I sat with his parents in their hospital room and told them why we're here, I told them about you, and I explained that the doctors have high hopes for Hamma's surgery.

He is in line for surgery—come back tomorrow and I'll let you know how it goes!

About Matthew Willingham

Matt Willingham is Preemptive Love's Senior Field Editor and writes primarily on politics, history, general updates and visual peacemaking through photography and film.

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Believe It Or Not, Things Are Looking Up For Hamma!
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