Fatao at Miot Hospital in Chennai
When Fatao Abdoul Kone of Burkina Faso was five years old, doctors discovered he needed surgery to fix a heart defect. Families who live in poverty, like Fatao's, have few choices when it comes to medical care. The cost of an operation is often out of reach, or at the very least likely to drain them of financial security for many years to come. Fortunately, Fatao was registered with the Child Sponsorship Program, and Compassion's medical fund stepped in to ensure Fatao received the care he needed.
Fatao’s surgeon, Dr. Coelho
When children registered in Compassion's programs face medical conditions that could hamper their chance of living a healthy, fulfilled life, Compassion's medical fund steps in to ensure they get the care they need. Families in poverty often can't afford medical care, much less the cost of a major operation. In these situations, Compassion's intervention is crucial for children's health and well-being.
Sponsored child Fatao Abdoul Kone lies in a hospital bed after having surgery to correct a heart defect. If it were not for Compassion's medical fund and the generosity of Compassion sponsors and donors in the United States who raised the money for the surgery, Fatao's family would likely not have been able to afford the operation. The World Health Organization estimates that every year over 100 million people fall into poverty because they have to pay for health care.
Dr. Coelho checks on Fatao post-surgery
Sponsored child Fatao Abdoul Kone was registered with Compassion's program in Burkina Faso when a medical exam discovered he was suffering from ventricular septal defect. The resources to perform the heart operation he needed were not available in his country, so Compassion sponsors and donors in the United States raised $23,000 for the five year old to travel from his home in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso to Chennai, India for the successful surgery.
Medical team member checking a boy's head
On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Shortly thereafter, Compassion dispatched a medical team to treat children affected by the disaster. A member of that team checks a young boy's head, which has been injured in the earthquake.
Woman hands medicine to children at project
Six-year-old Yasmina Compaore and other registered children receive a deworming tablet from the health social worker at Compassion's Saksida Child Development Center. The center is located in a suburb of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, one of the poorest countries in West Africa. In addition to the deworming tablet, children were taught how to keep their homes clean, as well as how to wash their hands before eating.
A doctor cutting a cast off a girl's leg
A doctor removes a cast from a young girl's leg, which was badly injured in the Haiti earthquake of January 2010. After the disaster, Compassion sent a medical team of doctors and nurses to treat affected children. This girl's leg had become infected; Compassion's intervention to properly treat her wounds was crucial to her recovery.
Doctors prep Fatao for surgery
Doctors perform heart surgery on five-year-old sponsored child Fatao Abdoul Kone. Fatao was registered with Compassion's program in Burkina Faso when a medical exam discovered he was suffering from ventricular septal defect. Fatao's family could not afford the $23,000 for him to travel to Chennai, India for the surgery, but Compassion's medical fund and generous donors in the United States stepped in to ensure Fatao got the care that he needed.
Close-up of stethoscope
Families can be devastated when children suffer from severe conditions like cancer, heart disease or traumatic injury and no money is available for treatment. Compassion steps in to help with situations like these, covering medical expenses for surgery, vision and hearing issues, prosthetic limbs, wheelchairs, trauma counseling, special dental needs and funeral expenses.
A man carrying a young girl with a bandaged leg
On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Shortly thereafter, Compassion dispatched a medical team to treat children affected by the disaster. This young girl is being carried out of Compassion's makeshift clinic. Her leg was badly wounded in the earthquake and had become infected. Compassion's intervention to clean and redress her leg was crucial to her recovery.