A LONG AWAITED BLESSING
ICNA Relief Medical Clinic Gives the Gift of Circumcision
It had been seven long years and still young Zaid’s parents were searching; hoping for a miracle. As a displaced refugee family without health insurance, they had no means of affording the expensive surgery that their son desperately wanted and needed. The embarrassment of their child not being circumcised weighed heavily on the family. Zaid’s mother worried about her son’s self-esteem and felt the shame of not being able to provide him this basic right. She had been searching for resources for years, but always came up empty-handed.
When Zaid’s mother heard about ICNA Free Medical Clinic, she felt, perhaps her prayers had been answered. However, the Free Clinic had never offered circumcision as a service before. Though it is a common, and highly recommended practice in our community, we had simply never realized such a need existed in the refugee community. Gathering the resources for this would be difficult. The procedure was very expensive, a staggering $6,500, and we needed to find a the right medical professionals and facility to handle the case. However, Zaid’s mother did not give up hope. She made her duaas and continued to call every single month until finally, by Allah’s mercy, our Clinic Director, Dr. Uzair, was able to gather the resources, donors, and schedule a hospital arrangement for the circumcision.
A very kind-hearted Urologist, Dr Nabeel Syed, offered his services for this special cause and the surgery was scheduled! Zaid and his mother came all the way from North Dakota and ICNA Relief Medical Clinic staff and ICNA Sister Alia helped them every of the step of the way, from picking them up from the airport and covering their hotel stay, to setting up and transporting them to their doctors appointments and surgery.
Zaid’s mother was extremely thankful when the surgery was finally complete. Tears of relief trailed down her cheeks, as she made tremendous duaa for ICNA Relief and everyone involve in getting the circumcision done for her son, a long-awaited blessing, for which she almost lost hope.