Ayaan to receive Facial Reconstruction Surgery in AustraliaPosted on Jul 20, 2012 in Blog, Edna Adan | 13 comments
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:
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!