Erika Harrell
Erika's Story

Erika joined Watsi on August 7th, 2015. 39 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Erika's most recent donation supported Sokha, a motor taxi driver from Cambodia, to fund eye surgery.

Impact

Erika has funded healthcare for 4 patients in 4 countries.

All patients funded by Erika

Meet Halima, a six-month-old baby girl from Ethiopia! According to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), Halima lives with her parents, who make a very modest income to support the family. Halima has an anorectal malformation -- a congenital malformation that occurs when the bowel is partially obstructed due to the improper development of the rectum and the anus. This causes problems with the elimination of stool, and impedes typical childhood development. “Halima was born with no hole for stooling—a condition known as 'imperforate anus,'” AMHF explains. In addition, AMHF comments that this condition causes Halima to experience issues with “passing stool and she has severe bowel obstruction.” As a temporary solution, Halima received a colostomy—the first process of the standard three-stage procedure to correct this malformation. Though the operation was successful, further surgical intervention is needed to fully address the condition. With $1,500, Halima will receive the final two operations necessary to correct her anorectal malformation. Halima’s second surgery—posterior sagittal anorectoplasty (PSARP)—will surgically repair the area surrounding her digestive structures. After a three-month recovery from PSARP, Halima will receive a colostomy closure to complete the three-part procedure, ultimately creating a functioning anal opening. Following this procedure, AMHF shares, “Halima will be able to pass stool normally. She will have a chance to grow up normally and healthily.” Her parents promise to send Halima to school once she is fully recovered and old enough for schooling.

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