Imagine for a moment that you were told you had to pay $50,000 to save your mother's life.
Habibo Abdullahi is a 48 year old mother of 9 who is battling esophogeal cancer and muscoskeletal cancer in her left humerus bone. She is uninsured and desperately seeking medical treatment to restore her health.
Habibo and her family live in Maine. Treatment options in their home state are very limited. Habibo complained of difficulty eating and decreasing health for years at the local hospital in Maine before a definative diagnosis was made for her. At that point, the cancer in her body had become more advanced and treatments by local doctors proved unsuccessful. Due to this, her daughter Shamsa decided to take Habibo to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN this June.
While the Mayo Clinic doctors have presented a clear, viable treatment plan to successfully remove Habibo's cancer, the clinic is requiring an upfront payment -- estimated at $50,000 - $60,000. Habibo has been debilitated by the disease for some time, rendering her unable to work. Her children and family members have been working to pay for treatment thus far, but $60,000 out of pocket is more than the family has resources to bear. Habibo's youngest daughters, Shamsa and Habiba, have left college in order to work full time and care for their mother round the clock.
There is a treatment for Habibo's condition that will save her life. She just needs to be able to pay for it.
Habibo and her children fled the Somali civil war in the early nineties, and after spending several years in Kenyan refugee camps, made new lives for themselves in America. She worked several jobs to put her children through school and to become a citizen. Habibo is known as a devoted mother and kind person, welcoming people from all backgrounds into her home.
We are asking that you give what you can to help Habibo receive treatment at the Mayo Clinic and overcome this disease. She and her daughter are currently living in a motel near the clinic, trying to raise the funds any way that they can.
THANK YOU so much. MAHADSANID.