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Forget Me Not

By Terri Carlson

I want to tell you about a very special little girl, Maryam. She was born in Iraq, with a deforming germ cell tumor on her face and because of her deformity, her father put her in a room, without food or water, to let her die. Her mother Rasha, a very brave […]

Making a Difference

By Laurence M. Epstein, M.D.

Nadia Al-Azzawi, a 50 year old woman from Baghdad, suffered for 3 years with recurrent fevers, sweats and weight loss.  She was chronically ill, unable to work and trying to raise three children with no help. In 2003, she was having many black-out spells and a physician implanted a cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) in her […]

Georgi’s Story


  • Guergana Barabonkova, a caring Bulgarian woman living in the Boston area
  • The Ray Tye Medical Aid Foundation
  • Fernanda Medeiros, International Health Services, Children’s Hospital
  • Heung Bae Kim, M.D.,Director of the Pediatric Transplant Center at Children’s Hospital

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Anatomy of a Case

By Terri Carlson

The Ray Tye Medical Aid Foundation gets petitions for help from all over the world. The majority of these requests come through the Foundation’s website ( I review each request to see if it falls within our mission statement, “To provide life-saving medical treatments and surgeries to those who have no medical […]

In Memory of Peter

By Dr. Aaron Fay

Occasionally, seemingly small contributions can be quite powerful. Earlier this year we were privileged to make just such a contribution. On March 27, 2008, we were contacted about a small 3 ½ year old boy named Peter Oyuga who lived with his parents and siblings on a peasant farm in Bundiidi, […]

Kindred Spirits

By Emily Collins

Countless lives are being saved every day by the interventions of lay missionaries of all faiths and backgrounds who visit the earth’s poorest areas and lend their hearts and hands to people and situations that most of us would consider too difficult or hostile to approach. These are special people who view […]