“I wish for a shopping spree!”
Six months ago, Mesho was enjoying the summer before his senior year in high school with a promising future ahead of him, when he started noticing a pain in his lower left abdomen. Being an active child, including playing soccer, Mesho’s mom Iman, initially chalked the pain up to a pulled muscle. When it persisted, however, she took him for further testing. After the doctors conducted several tests, Mesho received the surprising news that his kidneys were functioning at about 15 percent and he would need a complete kidney transplant within a few months.
Make-A-Wish was notified by the hospital staff and approached Mesho about granting his heartfelt wish. “At first I didn’t want to even think about that,” said Iman, “I thought that was for children who were terminal but the volunteers quickly explained that the gift of a wish are for children who are sick but that actually most of the children survive and live long happy lives. They also explained that the anticipation of the wish often gives the child the will to fight. They were fantastic and really helped guide Mesho in choosing his one true wish.”
When Mesho was asked about what he would want his wish to be, he chose an online shopping spree. That way, while waiting for his scheduled surgery, he could go shopping online for things he had just dreamed about. Ask what his favorite purchase was,” Oh, that’s easy – my Imac,” said Mesho.
Mesho had his surgery last November and is doing great. His ‘savior’ as he calls her was his mom who donated one of her kidneys. Mesho is now enrolled in a local culinary program and hopes to become a chef.