Doctors told us that my little Mathe should never have come into this world!
Doctors told us that my little Mathe should never have come into this world!
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That's how fate has decided. "The Lord's ways are inscrutable," his mother repeats from the moment of his birth. Nature did not spare the child from serious diagnoses: twisted ankles, intellectual disability, poor vision, lower jaw dysfunction, a severe sepsis at birth. "Not a survivor" – that was the doctors' verdict. But against all medical odds, Mathe survived! And now the little angel is already four years old. He brings joy to the family simply by being alive. Although he can't walk, he crawls, he can't speak, but he communicates what he needs.
Anna-Maria (13 years old): There are many of us, and we all love Mathe more than life itself. When he was brought home for the first time, I was even afraid to touch him. He was so fragile, so tiny, crying softly like a kitten. But now I can even pick him up in my arms. I've grown up alongside him too!
Anastasia (12 years old): When Mom told us he can't see or hear, we couldn't really grasp what that means. Then she asked us to blindfold our eyes and cover our ears and try walking or sitting like that. It was eerie. I couldn't help but feel immense pity for him. Seeing him like that made me cry.
Nuca (10 years old): I asked Mom, "Can we give him hand kisses? Where doesn't he hurt?" But it seemed like everything hurt. And now, look at him – trapped in "stone legs"! I can't even imagine how he copes there, especially in this heat. I doubt I could endure it.
Khatuna: All the talk is about Mathe. Yet, we don't have toys or proper clothes for ourselves. Where can we get them when all our family's resources go into Mathe's treatment.
- Khatuna, please tell us, what's going on with him?
Khatuna: My little Mathe was born sick. Sick is an understatement! He's four years old, but he can't walk or talk, can't feed himself. His vision and hearing are poor. You can't imagine how awful it is! I can't even remember all the diagnoses. Since his birth, it's been like a fog. Endless resuscitations, people in white coats... Just a nightmare.
In the maternity ward, they handed Mathe to us saying he wouldn't survive. We took him to Batumi. He spent 45 days in the ICU there, but we weren't given much hope in Batumi. So, we took him to Turkey. Two clinics outright refused to accept him, saying the child was dying. In the third clinic, they finally agreed to take us in. That's when we sold everything we had – a tractor, a cow, everything. We went into debt not only ourselves but also our relatives. We had to ask absolutely everyone! Turkish doctors sent us back to Georgia, saying that we needed to first address his legs and then undergo mandatory surgery on his lower jaw.
Imagine hearing such words as a mother! We spent about three months in Tbilisi clinics, exhausting all possible resources, but with no results. They even refused to release the child to us, saying that we wouldn't be able to cope on our own. Thanks to my mother-in-law. Tsiuri is a Saint! She's like a mother to me. She never left us alone for a moment. She insisted that we bring the baby home. And even now, when my husband and I work in the field all day, it's her who watches over and cares for my poor boy.
- Khatuna, what is the current opinion of the doctors? What are their prognosis?
Khatuna: A specific diagnosis was established for his legs - deformation of the ankle joint. He underwent surgeries, and his legs were in casts for a while. However, we were later informed that we were treating him incorrectly. That's why we reached out to you. We need to travel to Yerevan for further examinations. There, they will tell us about the child's condition and whether he will ever be able to walk independently. Right now, every step he takes causes him unimaginable pain.
- Are you sure they will help there?
Khatuna: Yes! I am certain that there is salvation. In Tbilisi, they told us that Mathé is completely blind. But that's not true. He sees and hears something. He loves playing with his sisters. The doctors' predictions were discouraging. They said that my boy would be like a plant for his whole life. But look at how he plays with his sisters. We don't want to believe in these foolish notions! The Lord is merciful, He will not forsake His child! That's why I turned to your foundation. We are simple people, afraid of missing something in our child's treatment. And I know that you will guide me in the right direction to heal my son. You have helped not just one mother who is heartbroken.
- What is the most challenging part of raising a child with an illness?
Khatuna: When you watch and can't help, it's excruciating agony for any parent. Everything is difficult, especially realizing that your child will never be whole, will never live like all the normal people do!
- What specific assistance did you seek from our Foundation?
Khatuna: As I mentioned earlier, we sold everything we had. Besides treating our baby, we need to feed five more children. We receive some support, and my husband occasionally works during harvest season, while I sweep the streets, but even these earnings are insufficient. I can't say the children go hungry, but beyond food, we can't provide them with anything else. Can you imagine, we don't even have a television! There's absolutely nothing! Moreover, our house is on the verge of collapsing. There's a huge hole in the ceiling, and during rain, water pours in like from a bucket. But right now, our only plea is to help cure our son! The most important thing at this moment is the health of our little Mathe. We haven't lost hope that there might be a way to assist him.
- Why did you decide to turn to us specifically?
Khatuna: Because you truly help many people! You already helped us two years ago. Back then, it was a lifeline for us. But now we are again in a desperate situation. It was very embarrassing to ask for help again, considering there are so many unfortunate people in Georgia. However, your Foundation has many friends. I'm confident that all of them are kind-hearted individuals, since they help so many in need. My little son really needs your assistance. We are not capable of handling this on our own!
- In your opinion, what do you need most urgently?
Khatuna: Continuous funds are needed for Mathe's treatment, and we simply don't have them. There's nowhere to get them from. Our meager income goes towards visiting doctors. Because of this, our other children are deprived of everything. They look like ragged children, with no clothes or toys. I won't even mention our dreadful living conditions. We would appreciate any assistance. May the Lord bless everyone who reads about us and takes our plight to heart. Even those who cannot help us in any way, let them at least pray for the health of our Mathe!
Friends, the Markoidze family finds themselves in an incredibly challenging situation both morally and financially! Fate has determined that little Mathe was born into this world with multiple illnesses. The treatment required for the child demands exorbitant sums, an unbearable burden for this modest Georgian family. We cannot remain indifferent to the parents' misfortune and are obligated to help them get their son back on his feet!
The Markoidze family is in need of any assistance, whether it's diapers, children's clothing, or household appliances. We cannot leave them without support.
If you wish to visit the family and provide help in person, here is their address: Ozurgeti Municipality, Nagomari Village.
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