YASIR – Successful Surgery

Yasir was a very sick 9 year old boy when we learnt of the 17mm stone in his kidney.

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Darya, our pharmacist friend organised to transport Yasir, his mother and younger siblings from the camp to hospital in Erbil.  Darya then organised the necessary paperwork, xrays, tests, blood, bought the pharmacutical items, food and water for Yasir and his family.


Surgery for the removal of the large kidney stone went ahead in late December and within a few days he was discharged from the hospital.

The feature photo at the top of this blog shows Yasir sitting outside the hospital waiting for a taxi that Darya organised and paid for to return Yasir and his family to the camp.

Generous donations to the Operation Hope Christmas Appeal meant that we could pay USD1600 for the operation


MUHAMED – Surgery successful

Muhamed sustained shrapnel in his buttock in air strikes in Mosul in March 2017. He  was in constant pain and not sleeping well when Darya, our pharmacist friend, contacted me to ask if Operation Hope could fund the surgery required to remove the shrapnel.img_1483-e1515312322550.jpg

Funds from the Operation Hope Christmas appeal paid for the USD700 surgery.

The photo shows the size of the shrapnel removed – no wonder Muhamed was in pain.

Thank you for your generous donations to this successful surgery.




IMG_2019Update 27 March, 2018

Darya Mustafa is organising pre operative tests for Shayma so that she can undergo urgent retinal transplantation surgery in Erbil.  We are so grateful to a private donor in Erbil who has funded this operation that will save Shayma’s eyesight.

Urgent Update 10 February, 2018

Shayma desperately requires a retinal transplantation in a hospital in Erbil.  We have already enquired if Shayma could have free surgery in Mosul but the complexity and specialist nature of the surgery means that she needs the surgery in a private hospital in Erbil.

The surgery, medication, check in procedure and checkups, surgery kit, food and taxi to return back to camp after the surgery will be USD850.

If you can help us fund this Operation please hit the DONATE button.  Please please share this story with friends and family to widen the community of donors.

Thank you dear friends.


Shayma required special glasses, to be worn for a month followed by possible eye surgery.

On 11 December 2017, Operation Hope paid USD145 for the supply of the glasses.

Darya, our friend in Erbil (featured on left hand side of photo) is going to follow up in January 2018 regarding eye surgery.

To help fund Shayma’s eye surgery – fee unknown at this time.  We will update as soon as we have the information.

ABDULMALIK – First surgery complete

Abdulmalik and his mother sustained serious injuries in air strikes in Mosul before fleeing to the relative safety in the camps for IDPs (internally displaced people) located 25kms east of Mosul.

Darya, our pharmacist friend from Erbil organised the transfer of Abdulmalik and his mother to a hospital in Erbil for surgery for both of them.

The doctors report: “Abdulmalik has cut all tendons of extensor compartment with malunion of both distal ulna and radius.  He requires two operations to do a tendon graft and repair.”  These surgeries were imperative for Abdulmalik to ensure that he regains full use of his right arm and wrist.

Abdulmalik underwent the first operation on Saturday 23 December 2017 at a cost of USD2,000 which Operation Hope raised through our Christmas Appeal.

His second operation is booked for Saturday 13 January 2018 at a cost of USD800 which Operation Hope also raised through Operation Hope Christmas Appeal.

Abdulmalik’s mother sustained chest and back injuries in the air strike but insisted that Abdulmalik receive his surgery first.  She was operated on in the Erbil hospital in late December 2017 at a cost of USD400 with funds raised through the Operation Hope Christmas Appeal.

Both Abdulmalik and his mother remain in the hospital in Erbil.  Abdulmalik’s second operation is scheduled for  13 January.

News from Saturday 6th January:

Abdulmalik is obviously recovering very well.  His conversation when Darya visited him in hospital today “Why its about two days you didn’t come to the hospital!”  Darya “Should I come every day to meet you”. Abdulmalik “Yes everyday come and visit us haha”


Thankyou for your donations. Both surgeries for Abdulmalik have been completely funded by your donations to Operation Hope Christmas Appeal.