Ali Ramadan had a difficult start to life. As a nursing baby, his mother found out that he had difficulty drinking milk during feeds; he was later diagnosed with the condition known as Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA).
Ali is 5-years-old now. He lives with his mother - a single parent of three children. She works as a street vendor selling bottled soda and water to drivers in Mombasa. She is the sole bread earner of her family. His other siblings are 13 and 6 years of age. The family has no access to medical insurance, and Ali has been waiting for his treatment since birth.
After arriving in Mombasa on Sunday, he was the first patient observed by our team of internationally renowned paediatric cardiac specialists.
Before our teams arrive in a country, we do a needs assessment and priorities children from economically and socially marginalised families.
Our missions are free from the point of contact and are funded by donations made to our charity by people from various parts of the world.