When 'Yes' Changes Everything

Ramadan with a rare smile on his face.

Ramadan’s operation went beautifully!

Ramadan gets medication to sleep just before his lifesaving heart surgery.

A few days ago, we shared about the years this boy spent saying "no" to surgery, but his "yes" has truly paid off—he's on the road to recovery! 

It's interesting, but Ramadan wasn’t actually born with a heart defect. He developed his heart problem as an older child after he became sick with Rheumatic fever, something that is very rare in developing countries. If Ramadan had been born just a short distance to the north, he could have avoided the fever, the after effects, and the subsequent years of feeling so sick he sometimes wished to die.

Thankfully, the surgical team was able to intervene before it was too late!

Ramadan lays on the operating table during his heart operation in Libya.

Everything went very well—“Surprisingly well,” as one nurse put it. 

He is resting up in the ICU now. Hopefully he’ll be mobile, healthy, and on his way home in no time! 

There are so many stories in this 14 year-olds feet!

It takes people like you to make surgeries happen for children like Ramadan. When you give, you make success stories happen around the world—even children like Ramadan suffering ISIS occupation. 

Take two minutes to change a child’s life forever by donating here.

Ramadan gets settled into the intensive care unit after his lifesaving heart surgery.

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.


Be the first to comment

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.
When 'Yes' Changes Everything
When 'Yes' Changes Everything
Choose hope, bravery, and peace with me by supporting @preemptivelove