Appeals to Help Iraqi Refugees in Jordan

The Marbus Family

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15 Nov 2009 Ahmed Marbus is blessed to have three beautiful children; however, two of his daughters are extremely sick. Widad, 16, and Doha, 10, have been diagnosed with thalassemia, or Mediterranean anemia. This genetic rare disorder slows production of red blood cells, responsible for carrying oxygen to the organs, and eventually destroys them. Without regular blood transfusions or advanced medical treatment, patients will develop enlarged vital organs or infection which results in death. Ahmed can barely afford the blood transfusions his two daughters desperately need every 20 days. It kills him to know there are viable treatments that could greatly increase Widad and Doha’s quality of life, but they are tremendously expensive and hard to arrange in Jordan. Just to get the medication that would allow them to go without the transfusion costs 2,000 JOD a month (over 2,800 USD). It is simply unthinkable for an Iraqi refugee, such as Ahmed, to secure this amount of money each month. It is also possible that a bone marrow transplant would save the girls’ lives, but he cannot afford the specialized care necessary for such surgeries either. The family’s best option is to get medical treatment abroad. They’ve been on the resettlement list for years without success. They are hopeful that someone somewhere will learn of their story and be willing to help.


Written by Ayman Fadel

March 9, 2009 at 21:31

Posted in Uncategorized

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