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Helping to get the patients flying

As the encouraging e-correspondence copied below indicates, NCCL’s Coordinator of International Missions, Patrick Elms, has written several airlines, among them Ethiopian Airlines (EA), begging free passage for the Baraki Boys.

Dr. Akeza Teame, the Medical Director of St. Yared General Hospital, where Assefa receives weekly dialysis treatment, has pledged to do what he can to persuade EA to help.

The request is complicated a bit by the recent deaths, in the same week, of the Prime Minister and the Orthodox Patriarch of Ethiopia, who hailed from the same town. Ethiopians in diaspora are flooding the airways to participate in the national days of mourning.

NCCL asks all friends & benefactors to pray for the current intentions of the mission to bring Assefa and his brother Robel to Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., as soon as possible. The transplant team is ready & waiting — Deo gratias!

This now two-year running effort of charity still needs generous donations of prayer, work and alms. Please use the “DONATE” link in the blog header, or click here to contribute your alms. E-mail the Coordinator of this mission, Patrick Elms, to volunteer to help: the Baraki Brothers are in urgent need of lodging and will need rides to hospitals in the District of Columbia metropolitan region.

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: Re: immediate help needed to contact Ethiopian Airlines to
donate transport for kidney transplant Candidate, Assefa Baraki
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2012 15:47:14 -0400
From: Patrick Elms
To: Dr Akeza Teame
CC: Coalition

Dr. Teame,

thank you so very much for your rapid reply to me.

I’m very sorry for the nation’s sudden loss of both Prime Minister and the Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. I also understand they were close friends and came from the same town. They are in our humble prayers.

Please keep in mind that I included our email of the donation request in this email stream for your use when speaking with Ethiopian Airline officials.

In hope of hearing good news soon, I am

Respectfully yours,

On 8/23/12, Akeza Team M.D. wrote:

Great to hear of the progress made. Thank your for your help to this young man. Will start to work on it tomorrow morning.


On Aug 23, 2012, at 11:20 PM, Patrick Elms wrote:

Teame Akeza, M.D.
Medical Director
St. Yared Hospital
Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA

Dear Dr. Teame,

we have spoken before by phone and emailed about Assefa Baraki, the patient and hoped-for kidney transplant candidate.

I write with urgency as everything is now in place, with GUH here, and the ministry of health and U.S. Consulate in Addis. The visas are ready too.

We are now pleading with Ethiopian Airlines to donate the two round-trip tickets for Assefa and his brother donor as we simply cannot afford the tickets, being already in arrears with the Salesians for care they have funded while waiting for our next donations.

The EA managers here in the USA, one being a medical sister who knows you, Sister Selba, explained that it was the best chance if you contacted Ethiopian Airlines there to offer my request to them. So I ask if you would please contact them.

Public Relations Manager in Ethiopia: Esete Yeshitla
direct number: 011-251-115/ [omitted here] email: EseteY@ [omitted here]

I have included below the donation request emails I sent to managers here in the USA and in Ethiopia so that you may reference them when speaking with Esete at Ethiopian Airlines in Addis.

With sincere thanks and respect for your skills as a physician but more importantly your compassion and kindness, I have the honor to remain

Respectfully yours,
Patrick Elms


C. Patrick Elms
Coordinator of International Missions

National Coalition of Clergy & Laity
621 Jordan Circle, Whitehall PA 18052-7119 USA
Main Office: 610/435-2634


———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Patrick Elms
Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2012 13:28:55 -0400
Subject: Fwd: GUH contract for Ethiopian transplant patient
To: EseteY
Cc: coalition

Dear Esete,

I am writing to you via the advice of the manager of the Ethiopian Airlines office here in the USA with whom I spoke moments ago. I write to you with much urgency concerning a medical patient.

We are a very small non-profit in the USA and amongst our work we have also worked to help the poor in Haiti and Ethiopia. We have by the grace of God been able to help coordinate the hoped for kidney transplant here in the USA of a critical patient who is now in Ethiopia with his blood-brother who will be the donor.

We have organized it with Georgetown University Hospital in Washington D.C., that is known and respected globally for its work. Included here is the documentation and even phone numbers of persons at Georgetown Hospital and you may contact them to confirm it is legitimate.

Georgetown is donating the care and surgery — completely free of charge. We also have another doctor who is donating his time to be the personal doctor for the two youth while they are here and even after they return home to Ethiopia. There is a also a team of doctors and health professionals at a clinic that will provide free of charge the pre-surgery dialysis care. Again, we are happy to provide the documentation or provide the contact persons and you can call yourself to confirm with them.

As I explained, everyone kindly and generously donated their care and services, in the same spirit I ask if you could donate the round trip flights for both of the young patients.

We ask because our little non-profit has worked extremely hard trying to pull everything together against almost impossible odds. We have even provided the dialysis to keep the young man alive the past year. Our funds are depleted and cannot afford the cost of the two round trip flights. We humbly ask if you would help us in this last part of this long and difficult journey?

Without your help we will go further in debt just to get the airline tickets, and we still have funds to raise to help with the care of the patients while they are in recovery until they are cleared by the doctors to return home to Ethiopia.

I leave you my personal phone number, [omitted here], if you wish to call me, and ask you to please contact me as soon as possible, as the Visas will be ready tomorrow as the Embassy expedited the process at the doctors urging in the USA request he come immediately.

Thank you for your time and please contact me soon. In hopefulness I eagerly await you reply.

Patrick Elms

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Eshetu Sileshi Haile
Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2012 13:04:02-0400
Subject: RE: GUH contract for Ethiopian transplant patient
To: Patrick Elms

+Dear Patrick

As per our telephone conversation, the e-mail address for the public relation manager will be: Esete Y.

Regards, Eshetu

City Ticket Office – WAS Ethiopian Airlines
cell: 1-800/ [omitted here]
Fax: 703-682-0573 WASCTO@ [omitted here]

—–Original Message—–

From: Patrick Elms
Sent: Thursday, August 23, 2012 12:47 PM
To: Wascto
Subject: Fwd: GUH contract for Ethiopian transplant patient

Here is the official letter of support from GUH who will donate — free of charge — the transplant surgery and care. I also just spoke with Rachel Thomas Vice President Georgetown Transplant Institute, and she said you may call her to confirm and she also gave her personal cell number.

202/ [omitted here] office
630/ [omitted here] personal cell

Thank you very much!


———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Thomas, Rachel C
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2012 14:19:53 -0400
Subject: visa application
To: Hon Consul Scott Riedmann

Dear Honorable Consul Riedmann,

Attached is a letter of commitment from MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH) to provide services (free of charge) for the medical evaluation and possible living donor kidney transplant for Assefa Hailu Baraki from his brother Robel Hailu Baraki. A hard copy is en route to your address in Addis Ababa as well.

Please contact me directly if you require any additional documentation and I will collaborate with Dr. Evans for a prompt response. We would be grateful for any help in expediting this process in the best interest of Assefa’s health.

Thank you for your support and consideration.

Best regards,

Rachel C. Thomas, MBA, BSN, RN, CNN
Vice President – MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute
3800 Reservoir Road NW Main 2
Washington, DC 20007

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