| Sep 09, 2015
Turkia had a good life. She was happy on her farm in Homs, Syria-- the farm provided everything she needed to live a comfortable life.
She didn't understand how it could all be taken away so suddenly.
Turkia was home when the bombs hit. In seconds, everything she had worked so hard to build was destroyed. She managed to survive the bombings with just an injured leg; her young nephew was killed.
She knew "home" was no longer safe. Immediately, she fled with her family to the refugee camps in Lebanon. There were no bombs-- but, in the early days at the camp, there were also no beds, no tents and no money.
Vomiting, dizziness and fatigue-- your support brings Turkia much-needed relief in the refugee camp where she lives with her family.
Turkia felt overwhelmed. How was she, an elderly, middle-class woman, supposed to survive? Soon after moving to the camp, the stress became too much: she began feeling dizzy and was vomiting frequently.
These new symptoms threatened her ability to survive in this new, hard life. Something had to be done. Turkia visited a hospital and got the diagnosis: hypertension, caused by trauma from the war. Without treatment, the problem could go from bad to worse: causing weakness, heart problems-- even stroke.
Trauma-induced hypertension is not rare in the refugee camps-- and it has serious consequences. Mothers may become too weak to care for their children, threatening families already struggling to survive.
Luckily, you brought the treatment she so desperately needed.
Every month, an MTI mobile clinic visits her camp and checks her blood pressure. Now, Turkia receives monthly medications and follow-up treatment-- and she's feeling much better.
Turkia is relying on God for her future. There's no going back to Syria-- she only hopes for a good life-- a happy life-- with her children and grandchildren.
Although life in the refugee camp is still hard, Turkia knows MTI is there for her. You bring a happy life that much closer.
Your support sends resources like medicine and health workers to Turkia's camp. Share Turkia's story with your friends on Facebook or Twitter and consider donating to provide relief for refugee families around the world. Pray for safety for refugees as they seek relief during this crisis.