GOOD NEWS! After her condition worsened severely in the past few days, to the point that the tumor in the humerus caused the bone to literally break apart, Habibo was finally admitted for surgery today in Minnesota. This is the procedure she needed to remove the cancerous bone and replace it with a metal rod (preventing amputation of the limb). Her daughter Shamsa worked with a patient advocate and acted as a strong advocate herself to ensure that her mother's condition would finally be addressed.
This surgery will be followed up by physical therapy and other procedures. Habibo also has cancerous areas in other parts of her body that will require monitoring and treatments such as chemotherapy. Shamsa plans to keep her mother in Minnesota for the next few months for follow up and so that she can begin to regain some strength before traveling back to Maine.
At this time, it is unclear how much of this will be covered by charity care or other programs and how much will be the family's financial responsibility. We'll keep the fundraiser going for the meantime to help cover continued expenses associated with Habibo's ongoing care.
Hello everyone and thanks to you all who have supported Habibo and her family so far. Your support, whether it be financial or with kind words and prayers, means very much to them.
Habibo is currently under emergency medical care at a Minneapolis area hospital. Aside from the initial consultation paid for by the family at the Mayo Clinic, she has not been able to receive the actual treatment needed for her condition solely because of financial reasons. Her pain level increased severely which led to her being taken to the ER by her daugther, Shamsa. While it is good that she is currently being seen by medical professionals, the care she truly needs to address the underlying issue (bone cancer) is still beyond reach because she is uninsured.
This situation is highly critical and any support you can give helps the family get through this stressful time. You may be concerned because you are a friend or family member, because you share Habibo's faith, or because you understand what it is like to be medically underserved and without insurance in a life or death situation. We are grateful for any reason you may feel to support on any level that you can.
Thank you so much.
Thanks everyone who has supported this fundraiser so far. No donation is too small or too big. Everything is greatly appreciated. The family is busy trying to raise funds offline as well, so whatever we are able to do here matters. Like most low-income people without many material assests, medical issues like these can become a crisis very quickly and support from far and wide makes a true difference.
Habibo and her daugher Shamsa remain in Minnesota while trying to pay for care at Mayo. Treatment will not begin until payment is made in full, as they have been denied their request for financial aid or a payment plan.
Thank you again so much. Even if you cannot donate, sharing this page among your networks is a huge help.