This is the story of Reza, one of the children which the CF Bridge of Hope is working to sponsor to come to the United States for treatment. Through this journal follow his story as he and his father Aziz make the journey to seek desperately needed help to treat Reza’s Cystic Fibrosis condition.
- November 15, 2015 – with the great assistance of our legal counsel at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore and our local senators, we were able to secure a travel visa for Reza and his father to enter the United States.
- January 18, 2015 – Reza and his father arrive in the United States to start two and a half weeks of outpatient treatment at Stamford Hospital’s Tully Health Center. An article in the Wilton Bulletin documents Reza’s trek and the state of development of a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.
Photo courtesy of the Wilton Bulletin
- February 2015 – Reza’s treatments with Dr. Sadeghi are having great results. He has a healthy appetite, is breathing with ease and is enjoying his visit to the United States. As the departure date back home approaches, the Stamford Tully Center clinic organizes a Family Education Night for parents and caregivers of children with CF. Reza is feature as a poster child of what can be accomplished with proper treatment and skillful methods to combat the disease. Here, radiant Reza with his new found friends Grace and Norbert during the Family Education Night at the Stamford Tully Center.
- July 2016 – Reza, now back home in Iran for over a year, is following his treatment protocols and is doing remarkably well. Here, with a fresh batch of medicines he has just received from the CF Bridge of Hope. Reza’s prospects for leading a productive and healthy life are great and we wish him much success
- January 2017 – Reza returned to the US for follow up treatments. This is part of his annual regiment of visits to maintain his progress toward managing and improving his condition. Reza stayed with us for 3 weeks, after which time he returned to Iran with improvement of his symptoms, including a healthy weight gain. He returned with a year’s supply of medicine to manage his symptoms. We look forward to seeing him again in another year.
- November 2017 – (Update) Reza is doing well back in Iran and is scheduled to arrive back in the United States in January 2018 for his annual checkup