A baby, a heart, and a dream
Chrstuyan (Christian) was a 7 month old baby girl in Ethiopia with Down syndrome and a hole in her heart. She needed heart surgery immediately to save her life. They had no funding.
Helen Wolday is a 37-year old pharmacist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Originally from Ethiopia, she has been in America for many years.
Several weeks ago, Helen had a dream. It was highly vivid, “there was no need to connect the dots,” she told me, “Really,” she explained, “it was more than a dream – it was a vision.”
“Here is my story” she told me: “There is a well-known actress in Ethiopia named Meseret. In my dream, Meseret came to me. She said ‘there is a baby with a heart problem. And YOU can save her.’
I replied: “I’m a pharmacist, not a heart surgeon. There is nothing I can do.”
Meseret answered: “No, YOU can save her.”
“In my dream, she brought me the baby. I took her to a doctor. Standing up, just in front of me, the doctor was operating on the baby. Then the baby got up and sat down on the bed. And Meseret said to me ‘Oh my God, you saved this baby.’
“I replied: ‘It wasn’t me, the surgeon saved the baby.’”
“Meseret replied ‘But if you were not there, the baby would not be alive.’”
“I picked up the baby with great love. And then I woke up.”
“I knew 1 thing –I needed to find Meseret in Ethiopia. This had never happened to me before. I know a person who knows her; she works with my brother. I contacted my brother and got her phone number.”
“I phoned Meseret from America. I said ‘I don’t know why, but I need to phone and tell you this.’ I told her the whole story. “
“Meseret was astounded.”
“She had her own story: A few days before, she was leaving an event. A mother showed up and was crying. She asked me to sit with her. We sat, the mom was crying, and her baby was crying. The mother said ‘My child has a serious heart problem. It cannot be helped in Ethiopia. She needs to go abroad. There is nobody to help.’”
Meseret explained: “The mom could not give me specific information. She only knew the child was sick. She did not mention that the baby has Down syndrome.”
Helen continued: “I kept going back-and-forth with Meseret. We used VIBER and Telegram. Meseret gave me the phone number of the mom, and sent a photo of the baby. I did not know the name of the baby. Or the gender.”
“I phoned and told them all: ‘Clearly, God wants me to do something, so let me know what I can do.’ I felt like I got an order from God. I don’t have a lot of money. I had never had a vivid dream, – I am a spiritual person and knew this was a real message from above. They did not know what to think.”
“I will get the surgery done,” I promised.
I spoke with the mom of the baby. The next day, I got a call from Atlanta, from her cousin. They worked with a woman named Shelly from Making the Grade-Hope for African Youth.
Shelly contacted Dr Rick to ask where the baby should go for surgery. Rick replied: “We’ve gotten consistently great results at AIMS Amrita Hospital in Cochin, southwest India. Including babies with Down syndrome.”
Rick continued, “there is something very unique about Down syndrome. People with Down syndrome might be thought of as angels in disguise. A great rabbi, the Chazon Ish, would stand in respect when he saw a person with Down syndrome. He believed that people with Down syndrome had souls of holy people. They came to earth in this form so their soul could have a minor correction, and they would not sin.
Meseret explained: “Making the Grade had started a GoFundMe page. They had raised $3500, they needed $6500 more. I said “You have it, from me.”
Shelly’s team communicated with AIMS Amrita Hospital. Two days later, they went to the Indian Embassy in Addis Ababa and got their visa. A couple of weeks ago, in the middle of the Indian COVID pandemic, they flew off to India.
Recently, the baby had successful surgery.
Helen concluded: “I am beyond blessed that God chose me to be part of her journey.”
All of us who were part of this are amazed and humbled.
Our thanks to the Almighty, the ultimate orchestra conductor, and to numerous important players, including Shelly Dollar, Dr. Obsinet Merid, Kaleab Tadesse – Rick’s assistant, Alemayew Meskele – the baby’s cousin, Making The Grade-Hope for African Youth in Atlanta, Chosen Generation in Ethiopia, Dr Krishna Kumar and his fine team at Amrita Institute of Medical Science in Cochin. A great nursing student named Rabbi took leave from nursing school to travel to India and translate. Helen is now on the advisory board of Making the Grade!
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