Thalassemia Treatment Fund
Roya is an 8-year old girl from Laghman, Afghanistan. Like many children in the region, Roya has been diagnosed with Thalassemia, a blood disorder where there are fewer red blood cells in the body than normal. Roya has a severe form of the disorder, which results in an enlarged spleen that is deadly if not treated. For her treatment, Roya must seek treatment in Iran. Child Foundation and partner organizations have organized for Roya and her parents to be granted visas and have purchased plane tickets for them to travel to Iran on January 27th. It is estimated that the entire procedure will cost several thousand dollars, and a generous donor is covering the majority of those medical expenses. We are rooting for dear Roya, and wishing her a speedy recovery.
UPDATE 02/01/2019: Roya and her parents safely arrived in Iran last Sunday, and she has been administered to the Dr. Sheikh Hospital in Mashad.
In honor of Roya, we are raising funds for other Afghan children that require immediate medical attention as a result of Thalassemia. Our Thalassemia room at Mazar Sharif Hospital in Afghanistan provides routine treatments for Thalassemia patients. For more severe cases such as Roya’s, surgery or hospitalization is needed. For this, we are starting a Thalassemia Treatment Fund for other children like Roya. Your tax-deductible donation of any amount can help other children like Roya get treatment and go back to being a child and attending school.
To donate to our Thalassemia Treatment Fund click here
What is Thalassemia
Thalassemia (thal-uh-SEE-me-uh) is an inherited blood disorder characterized by less hemoglobin and fewer red blood cells in your body than normal. Hemoglobin is the substance in your red blood cells that allows them to carry oxygen. The low hemoglobin and fewer red blood cells of thalassemia may cause anemia, leaving you fatigued.