A mother’s plea for a crowdfunding campaign to save her 5-year-old son from a life threatening disease had a happy ending, with the funds needed for Dimitris’ operation secured in less than three days.
The story moved Greek audiences with the media, sports clubs, businesses and many ordinary citizens offering contributions to the mother’s banking accounts.
Joanna Rozaki, mother of Dimitris who is suffering from an as of yet undefined internal disease, posted on her Facebook account that the amount of 100,000 euros was raised and the boy will be admitted to the Great Ormond Street Hospital in the UK, Europe’s largest children’s hospital.
At the age of 8 months, Dimitris began vomiting blood (hematemesis), which sometimes results in emergency medical transports to hospitals in mainland Greece.
All his internal organs have moved towards the left side of his body and they are now interfering with his lung, making breathing difficult.
Greek doctors cannot diagnose the problem and his life is at risk during a hematemesis crisis.