Hawa Sanneh is eight and many days was left hopeless after being diagnosed with congenital heart disease. She needed surgery. Not just can’t see afford the surgery, it could not be performed in her native Gambia.
Hawa needed to travel 5846 miles to Israel for surgery from her home in the village of Jalambang, southwest of the capital Banjul.
A healthy and cheerful Hawa was embraced by her parents and her joyful mother, Matida Jabbie thanked the First Lady of The Gambia Zineb Jammeh’s Operation Save the Children Foundation for sponsoring her trip and medical expenses.
Hawa is among seven children who were chosen from across the country by the foundation for treatment. She is the last of the seven children.
The director of the foundation at the First Lady’s office, Fatou Mass Jobe said at least $60,000 has been spent covering travel, treatment, lodging, feeding and cost of escorting nurses for the children.