Ethiopia

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B. Kuma, a beautiful and adorable six-month-old girl, lives about 500 kilometers from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Her parents are poor farmers and their income is not enough to feed the family well. Thus far, B. Kuma has been fed exclusively on breast milk. B. Kuma was born with an anorectal malformation called imperforate anus, which means she has no opening where the anus usually should be. As a result, she cannot pass stool in a normal way. Due to her condition, B. Kuma developed a bowel obstruction and had to have an emergency colostomy. A colostomy is a surgical procedure in which a piece of the colon is redirected to an alternative opening in the abdominal wall so that waste material can exit the body. However, B. Kuma has had numerous issues with the colostomy, including complications such as leakage and irritation. Her family has suffered throughout this process. They went to a number of hospitals in search of treatment, and they are very worried about their daughter's condition. Children born with birth defects-- and indeed, their parents too-- often fall victim to social stigmas and discrimination. For these reasons, B. Kuma and her parents risk social and psychological problems if she cannot be treated. "I can't pay for my child's medical bill and that worries me for the past six months," says B. Kuma's father. "I did not know what to do. But we heard from another hospital that our child can get the treatment for free at Bethany Kids (a facility run by Watsi's medical partner), and we came here hoping for help." Fortunately, we can help fund B. Kuma's $1,500 procedure, during which doctors will surgically repair her malformation. After her surgery, B. Kuma should be able to pass stool normally, eliminating the risk of future health complications and social barriers.

$1,500raised
Fully funded

Meet Tamiru, an eight-month-old boy from Ethiopia. “Tamiru is the fifth child to his parents, who are from a rural community,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). AMHF explains that “Tamiru was born with a congenital anomaly called imperforated anus, that means he has no natural stool passage.” As a result, Tamiru “developed bowel obstruction” a few days after his birth. A local government hospital performed an emergency colostomy—a procedure that establishes an alternative route for fecal matter to exit the body—“but Tamiru and his family have been suffering from the complications of the colostomy,” states AMHF. The next step for Tamiru is a surgery that will “create a new anus,” thus enabling him to “start passing stool normally.” He will also have “a colostomy closure (the final stage in this surgery) done two-three months after” the initial procedure. “Tamiru’s family depends solely on his father’s income,” says AMHF. His “father practices farming which is how he earns a living.” However, “he is unable to cater for the surgery that his son desperately needs,” the cost of which is $1,500.00. In addition to Tamiru’s complications, AMHF states that the “condition is also affecting his parents psychologically.” Surgery will alleviate both Tamiru’s and his family’s concerns. “Tamiru’s parents’ hope is that he will get treated and be well, free of this condition,” shares AMHF. They also hope that he will “be able to go to school and lead a better life than [they] currently do.”

$1,500raised
Fully funded