A Call From Algeria to Help Suffering Little Boy Mounib!
09:36:29 PM Tuesday Apr 15, 2008
What you're about to see in the first couple of videos, if you decide to watch it, is the case of a little boy in Algeria suffering from Myelomeningocele and spina Bifida Medical Case. His name is Mounib, and he is three years old. Mounib has a swollen bump in the lower part of his back which makes it very difficult for him to cope with sitting, laying on his back to sleep and playing dynamically like other boys do. He spends much of his day in an uncomfortable position that resembles Soujoud, and he doesn't stop crying from pain. Ask yourself how often do you do all of these things on a daily basis without a problem.. yes, most of us do not have painful bumps on our back or asses, and we enjoy the basic mercy of being able to sit or lay on our back to sleep without pain. Do we have any idea how frustrating this is for Mounib? we will never know... but we can help Mounib become normal like us.
Elias2033uk from youtube, in his tradition of more-doing less-talking and civic and moral mission to improve and help the world around him, was the first to expose Mounib's case to the Algerian and North African youtube communities two weeks ago. Since then, hundreds of Algerians have unified to help Mounib however they can. They are building a medical case so Mounib can receive care in a foreign hospital. They are raising funds for this undertaking. Please be part of this. There is no difference between Moroccans and Algerians, and friends of Morocco are friends of Algeria; we should help Mounib. There are already some Moroccans who sent money in. Be the next one. Be generous. I think the bottom line is to see this little boy smile again, sleep, sit, run, play and fall then get up again with a smile.
Contact the people involved and help however you can, or by sending money. From Elias2033uk most recent video, it seems that Mounib might be admitted into a children's hospital in Washington DC, but it is not confirmed yet. The ALGERIAN AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF GREATER WASHINGTON (AAAGW) has responded to Elias2033uk videos and is handling the fund-raising and the contact with doctors and hospitals. Please contact them directly if you are in South America, USA and Canada.
AAAGW Mounib’s Funds PO BOX 65063 Washington DC 20035-5063
For additional information contact: Dr. Azzedine Stambouli at email@example.com (571) 723 3475 Smail Farid at firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 409 2840
Watch out in the comments below for the latest news.
If you have any questions let me know and I will try to find an answer.
VIDEO 1 (Warning: Graphical Medical case)
VIDEO 2 (Warning: Graphical Medical case)
VIDEO 3: Elias reporting news: Marocains et Algeriens Solidaires
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Thanks to the efforts of the Algerian community, Mounib has now been in the US since May 16 2008 under the care of a strong medical team in Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.
· The AAAGW Vice President Mr. Smail Farid and Dr Stambouli have visited Mounib and his mother last weekend. They spent a great time with Mounib.
· On Monday, June 2nd, 2008 , Mounib had his last surgery. A definitive shunt cerebral has been done. Dr. Meyer has informed us that the surgery went well and the only risk during the next two weeks is contracting an infection. He said we need to cross our fingers so nothing will happen during this period. Otherwise, Mounib is doing great. He smiles, talks and even plays with his toys. He will start very soon his physical therapy.
· AAAGW now has settled the plane bill.
· Keep checking the website of AAAGW for updated information on the kid.
· A compatriot is working on a memorandum to the Algerian government recommending some actions to address similar cases, based on our recent experience with Mounib.
First class care is being received by Mounib and his mom.
Thank you Mayo Clinic.
Because of this solidarity, first class Drs are willing to go to Algeria to perform surgeries free of Charges. read El KHABAR today.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Subject: Mounib American Medical Systems, Inc Date: Thu, 22 May 2008 08:57:08 -0500 From: Abdessamad.Serir@AmericanMedicalSystems.com To: email@example.com
I visited Mounib’s Family yesterday and stayed couple hours with them along with other family. The Mom is really happy and comfortable; you can tell from her face. She can’t stop showing how lucky she is praising Allah all the time. She gets a very good entourage, a private room with her son in the hospital, They provide her with a high speed internet laptop, her family from Algeria are contacting her through ooVoo, she got all the TV channels she want sush as Arab Channel, Al-Jazeera, etc. she’s performing her prayers with other people in the hospital. The modern small town of Rochester has a Mesdjid where she can do her Jumua (Friday) prayer. They took her to McDonalds she get a French and Arabic interpreter. About 2 miles from the hospital beside the Mesdjid there is a Pakistani and Somalian restaurant. For her it dreams come through
Mounib seems in stable condition. He gets an intensive care performed by a specialized crew. His mom told me that he lost some weight but he’s eating well. More than 10 staff and doctors come to visit him 24 hours a day. Nurses took him to the play ground they taught him some drawing and make him print his own art electronically. He is in a very nice crib with a lot of toys. Of course he needs some time to get ready for his surgery. May Allah help him? Over all everything is going smoothly.
He is in St. Mary Mayo Francis Building a few blocks from Hwy 52. Travelers! If you take Hwy 52 south exit on 2nd street and tern left drive about 1 minute the Francis building is in your right hand side. People need to provide his Last Name Mounib FERCHICHI to receptionist. Call this number for more info about Mounib 507-284-2511 or 507-255-5123. You need to give them his last name in order to serve you better. Visitors are welcome at any time. After 9pm they should call and get a pass to his room.
Going forward I will try my best to keep you update.
I think he will not experience much trauma. He seemed very excited about going to Marikane, and in a video of him in Mayo clinic, he was very calm as he observed everything around him. Actually this is an experience he will never forget. The good thing is that it will forever make him appreciate people regardless of their background and religion. Many people in the Muslim world can get very bitter and judgemental about America and Americans. Mounib of the future will not. And he will not feel judgemental and bitter towards anyone for that matter. He will not feel negative towards the doctors in Algeria, like some people tend to, because in reality they did their best based on their experience and the resources they are given (let's not expect supermen). Who knows, maybe Mounib will grow to become a surgeon one day, save people's lives and help improve the health care in Algeria.
I hope his hospital experience won't be too traumatic. Imagine, being in a whole new world, where you can't even understand the language, or understand all the different things going on all around you, and especially at such a young age.. Allah yehfad.
mounib gonna be in good hands at mayo hospital...dont worry the guys of aaagw gonna take care of the translation ,,,on va aller jusqu'au bout avec mounib ...i'm always on contact via phone with Dr stambouli concerning ..mounib's case ....inchallah yabra mounib ...ya rrebbi amine
I will be stopping the Raioo Fundraiser per Elias video recently. And thank you for all those who donated. The latest news from AAAGW and Elias indicate that Mounib will be arriving in the US tomorrow and be admitted and treated at one of the best children's care in the US, Mayo Clinic. The clinic has agreed to treat Mounib's case as a charity case, hence the operation series will be free of charge!!!
The money that was raised was needed and used to pay for the advanced medical plane and team that flew to Algeria today to pick up Mounib (~$24K) and the rest of the money will be needed to cover expenses of post-operation care such therapy for example.
AAAGW and the Algerian community overseas are pleased to learn that Mounib's health has improved recently and he is no longer in the intensive care unit. We would like to thank from the bottom of our heart the Algerian doctors for their remarkable work in caring for Mounib under difficult circumstances. This is welcome news as AAAGW is finalizing the preparatory steps to transfer Mounib to Mayo Clinic in the USA for advanced care.
The medical evacuation of Mounib is scheduled for tomorrow May 15th, at 7 am.
Abdelrahmi Bessaha, President of AAAGW Smail Farid, Vice President of AAAGW Dr. Azzedine Stambouli, Medical Adviser, AAAGW
Mounib is still in critical condition at the Mustapha Hospital, Algiers but the vital signs are normal, good BP, normal pulses, no fever.
Air Med, Air Ambulance Company would not fly Mounib unless we pay the full price of $96,000. Since we do not have the total amount, we have contacted Aero Care, an Air Ambulance based in IL. They accepted to transport Mounib for $93,000, and willing to fly him even without paying the total amount, as long as we guaranty the payment. We have deposited $45,800 (money from CNMC Washington DC) to the Aero Care Account to speed up the process. CCA (Centre Culturel Algérien) in Montreal and AAAGW will wire the funds raised to Aero Care account.
We are seeking other alternatives. Aero care is facing some communication problems with the Doctors working at Mustapha Hospital in Algiers. They promised they will get Mounib in the Middle of the next week and will need a very special medical team for Mounib’s case.
We would like to inform you, that Mounib's future destination for medical treatment will be at the Highly Ranked Hospital and one of the best in the United States, MAYO CLINIC, Rochester Minnesota. An algerian family is willing to host Mounib and his mother.
mustapha basha hospital.. that's the one in chamoneuf isn't it?? god my cousin and i used to walk by there every time we shopped at the bazaar nearby. one of my mom's cousins still works at that hospital I believe.
Allah ychafih ou y3afih ou ysabbar moualih.. it's so heartbreaking. meningitis is really dangerous..
Mounib is still in the intensive care unit at Moustapha Hospital in Algiers. He is now in a critical condition, in coma , intubated. He has a meningitis. The family has obtained the US Visa for Mounib and the mother only. We have scheduled a pick up for Mounib and his Mother from Algiers by AirMEd this Friday, May 10th, 2008 but due to his new condition the pick up is in Standby.
In a previous video Elias said that Mounib was approved VISA to the US and will be in Washington DC May 20 to begin the multi-discipline medical treatment. So far people have donated about $100,000 to Mounib's fund. There will be a bit more needed, so if you want to donate whatever you can $10, 20, 50, 100+ you still have time. Either do that through the raioo donate button above through paypal or follow the instruction on AAAGW website.
i 've just talked to my father in law ..because he is a surgeon in california...and told me that the cost of the surgery is around a quarter million dollar ( 250.000$) and he insisted that the surgery is very very complicated ...so lets help our little brother,son ..Mounib ..and pray for him...i already talked to DR stramboli here in DC ...and promised him that i'm gonna try to spread the word among the moroccan community here in the WASHINGTON,DC AREA ....allah al mou3ine
Hello folks ~ I have started raising funds for Mounib based on raioo's generous community. You will find a button in this discussion to donate via PayPal. If you're interested in knowing about Mounib, please watch the video clips of Elias above or visit Elias's video blog at youtube. If you are touched by this case and would like to help out, I thought of creating this fundraiser, and I will then send it to AAAGW (The Algerian American Association of Greater Washington) who is preparing the logistics of treating Mounib in the US.
Please give what you can, no pressure or anything like that. Inshallah you will not regret it. We will see our little boy Mounib healthy and back up with a big smile. I am giving $100 to start.
This is the latest message from ELIAS: GREAT NEWS!!!! MOUNIB ACCEPTED FOR TREATMENT BY 2 AMERICAN HOSPITALS. The treatment will be in several stages. The process has started, and your help and donation is needed, Please jump onboard this amazing noble cause, and make it symbolic for future causes for us to jump on, whether Moroccan or Algerian, American or anywhere. Let's just not forget that our Moroccan communities and neighboors are worthy of our support.
I would like to give you some updates. In about a week, we will know where our child Mounib will go for treatment. Today I have received the MRI CD. I am forwarding by tomorrow by mail a medical package to the major medical institutions like Children's Boston, Washington DC, Duke University NC, Philadelphia, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Texas Children I am concentrating all my effort in these institutions because they have the best program for Mounib.
For all donations, please visit the Algerian American association at www.aaagw.org
Just click in the link Donation, you will have all instruction on how to send funds.
I am available anytime for more information my number is : Home: 571-312-8086 Cel: 571-723-3475
Indeed, Elias is an ideal we should learn big lessons from. What he's doing is beyond belief and description.
I haven't heard news yet how much money will be needed, although donations are flowing in. Once they announce a dollar estimate, I encourage everyone to donate what they can. We would then be grateful to have utilized the internet for noble causes besides the usual doses of plug and play entertainment.. which probably consist of much of the usage unfortunately. I feel that situations like this result in Mounib getting healed inshallah, but most notably, many hearts getting healed throughout the process. People eventually seize to be indifferent, they mobilize, purify their heart and money, and develop civic awareness. $50, $100 or more is the cost for such healing of many hearts collectively,, it's cheap if you ask me. What goes around comes around.
If you think I am wrong, exagerrating or completely missing the point, let me know and we can discuss.
Here's the latest video, this time from Algerian artist Lotfi double kanon (aka lotfi dk) on behalf of Elias.
Thanks so much for sharing these with us here Adnane.. I wonder if AAAGW has looked into grants to support their efforts in helping Mounib, though it may be a tough sell with foundations here in the US considering he's not an American citizen, but then again, it's def worth a try.
I'm so grateful to bro Elias for being such a great grassroots pr guy and getting the word out on important issues to such a wide international audience. he's doing a great job, and I can only imagine how hard it must be even just to stay motivated given the circumstances. it's people like him who help others keep the hope alive.