This is the story of little baby Ciido, a five-month-old girl in Somaliland who suffered severe burns that resulted in months of hospitalisation.
3-month old baby Ciido was in her cot in her home Borama when her 2-year-old brother got hold of father’s cigarette lighter and set the cot on fire. As a consequence, the baby sustained massive burns on her head and arm and was sent to the Edna Adan University Hospital in Hargeisa, 2 hours away, for treatment. By the time she reached us she was very badly infected and we very much feared for her life. As a result of the accident, Ciido lost two fingers and an ear lobe. Following over two months of treatment and skin grafts, Ciido is a beautiful baby who is making miraculous progress. As you can imagine, the family is accumulating hospital bills that they are unable to afford.
The hospital is contributing substantially by not charging her for treatment and needs. The hospital did not charge the family for oxygen or blood transfusion. In addition, the hospital has given 50% off a private room, necessary to keep the vulnerable baby from contracting more infections.
The money raised will cover the cost of her skin graft surgery, her daily dressing changes under anesthesia, IV fuilds, IV antibiotics, feeding tubes and a catheter. So far, the family has been able to pay for Ciido's oral medication.
Edna Adan University Hospital is located in the Ahmed Dhagah district, the poorest region of the capital of Somaliland, Hargeisa. It therefore often receives patients who are simply unable to pay for treatment. Ciido's case, however, is by far the most expensive patient that the hospital has had to pay for, which is why I am launching this fundraising page. I work here as the Hospital Founder and Director Edna Adan's personal assistant and have seen Ciido throughout her time here with us. I, together with a colleague, have donated blood to Ciido following a surgery where she lost a lot of blood.
You can see the photos attached of Ciido's progress. Naturally, some photos may be distressing. If you are sensitive to such photos, please avoid scrolling all the way down.
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