Ayaan to receive Facial Reconstruction Surgery in Australia

Update March 26, 2013 Australia has refused to grant a visa to Ayaan to enter the country for medical treatment. We are utterly dismayed.

Those of you who have been following Edna’s work for a long time will be aware of her efforts to find help for Ayaan who, as a small child, was shot in the face Somaliland’s war to regain its independence.

A web site, HelpAyaan.org, was created, a YouTube video was produced, and sufficient funds were raised but it took a long time before everything finally came together.

Edna has made the following announcement:

Wesley Hospital We are so grateful to The Wesley Hospital in Brisbane, Australia, for their offer to provide care for Ayaan free of charge. Blessings to them. I would also like to express my sincere appreciation to the Rotarians of Brisbane who are supporting Ayaan to finally get her face fixed. We have been trying for many years to help Ayaan but there has been one obstacle after the other until now. Let’s hope there will be no more disappointments for Ayaan this time.

We are now in the stage where we have to satisfy Visa formalities. If all goes well, and Ayaan gets her new face, I hope and pray that this will replace the picture we have had in the websites for so many years.

Please keep praying for Ayaan and keep wishing her well. -Edna

And, from Australia, the following: “All of the team appreciated reading your kind words and look forward, as you do, to seeing Ayaan’s face post-surgery, smiling from that space.”

Ayaan’s YouTube video has been viewed more than 1.3 million times. Thank you, Devin Foxall for producing this!

Ayaan Facial Reconstruction


  1. This is wonderful! Thank you so much Edna and to everyone who helped to make this happen. You are all such an inspiration to me!! I will pray for Ayaan and that this journey may go smoothly for this point forward!! My thoughts and prayers are with you!
    Peace and Love,

  2. I have been watching your information on Ayaan’s journey for surgery but I am not sure if she has had the surgery yet? I hope you will be updating when you can, our prayers to you and all your help over the years.

    • Edna will travel with Ayaan to Australia. Please follow Edna Hospital on Facebook and Twitter for further updates.

  3. Ayaan you are in our Prayers and Hearts! May you all be blessed. Happy New Year!

  4. That is tragic. 🙁

  5. please keep supporting her.

  6. So sorry to hear about this. Keep strong Ayaan.

  7. Terrible. What’s the reason?

  8. Kedrh Abdi Haibeh

    my sister and brother was refused entry to UK and they are British born and bred – it is a shame

  9. god bless you ayan all my dua and prayers are with you get well soon.


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