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Natalia from Kenya raised $1,097 to fund spinal surgery.

Natalia
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  • $1,097 raised, $0 to go
$1,097
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$0
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Fully funded
Natalia's treatment was fully funded on August 15, 2017.
March 2, 2017

Natalia sadly and unexpectedly passed away after her surgery.

A few days after Natalia underwent surgery, she was readmitted to treat an infection. We are deeply saddened to report that Natalia passed away while receiving treatment.

“Your organization has meant the world to me,” says Natalia’s mother. “You have always been here for support, when I was so worried about my daughter’s treatment. It is so sad that she never made it, but she is at peace wherever she is. I thank God for the days he granted us to be together.”

We are committed to reporting all outcomes transparently—even the ones we wish were different. Thank you so much for your support of Natalia and her family.

A few days after Natalia underwent surgery, she was readmitted to treat an infection. We are deeply saddened to report that Natalia passed a...

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November 3, 2016

Natalia is a five-month-old baby girl from Kenya. She is the younger of two children in her family. Natalia was born with spina bifida, meaning her spine is not fully formed. She also had hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulated in her head.

At one month of age, Natalia underwent surgery to treat her hydrocephalus. On November 4, 2016, she underwent spina bifida treatment at our medical partner’s hospital, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital. This procedure should prevent infection or the development of another condition called tethered cord.

Natalia lives with her older sister and parents in a rental house in the Nairobi suburbs. Natalia’s mother is a stay-at-home mother, and her father is a butcher. They cannot afford to pay the $1,097 cost of this procedure, and they need our help.

“It’s a tough battle, but I believe we will get through,” says Natalia’s mother. “We are not even able to raise a single cent towards this, but since God is in control, I believe all will be well.”

Natalia is a five-month-old baby girl from Kenya. She is the younger of two children in her family. Natalia was born with spina bifida, mean...

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Natalia's Timeline

  • November 3, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Natalia was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • November 04, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Natalia received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH). Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • November 11, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Natalia's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 02, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Natalia. Read the update.

  • August 15, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Natalia's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 29 donors

Funded by 29 donors

Treatment
Spina Bifida Closure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,097 for Natalia's treatment
Hospital Fees
$889
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$82
Supplies
$0
Labs
$126
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

The patient has a mass or lesion on the back that leaks cerebral spinal fluid, which puts him or her at risk of infection.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Spina bifida can cause incontinence, bladder and kidney damage, and paralysis and numbness in the lower limbs, bladder, and sphincter. It can also lead to hydrocephalus as a result of disturbance to the fluid in the brain. Hydrocephalus can lead to cognitive dysfunction, blindness, and death.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Spina bifida is more common in developing countries due to improper and inadequate nutrition. Foods containing folic acid are scarce, and food is not fortified. In Kenya, however, the Ministry of Health has recently started a program to give expectant mothers folic acid for free at government facilities.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

After surgery, the patient's hospital stay ranges from two days to three weeks. The length of stay depends on the healing rate of the wound and will be extended if the patient also undergoes a shunt insertion to treat hydrocephalus. However, shunt insertions are usually performed about one month after this surgery. The patient is continually monitored. If the wound heals and the patient is in a neurologically stable condition, the surgery is considered successful.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Surgery performed within the first days of a child’s life prevents infection and saves the spine and brain from further damage. Early surgery also minimizes the risk of paralysis. Later treatment may save the child's life and prevent further damage.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This surgery is moderately risky, and complications depend on the severity of the case.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

There are few quality care centers in the region. Hospitals lack adequate resources and expertise to treat this condition. With about one neurosurgeon per 10,000,000 people in East Africa, initial treatment for spina bifida is often unavailable.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Surgery is the primary option for most types of spina bifida.

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Rachel is a tailor from Kenya. She is a middle-aged woman from the east of the country. Eight years ago, she noted a lump on her right breast and consulted several hospitals. She had FNA tests run and cancer was ruled out. In 2014, she had a lumpectomy but unfortunately, the lump recurred in 2018. She was biopsied in a different hospital and still did not get a cancer diagnosis. Late in 2019, she opted to come to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Kijabe Hospital where she had several tests done, including an ultrasound and CT scan. Doctors diagnosed early-stage cancer. Rachel returned to the hospital in April and surgery is advised. If not operated on, she is at risk of cancer metastasis, which might result in an early death. Rachel is a mother of two children, ages 10 and 8 years old. She lives in a two-roomed rental house paying $34 per month. She sustains her family through her small tailoring venture in their house. Living with a disability, where she had a right femur osteomyelitis in 1982, she is not able to move with ease, and this limits her ability to earn a better living and lifestyle. She separated with her husband, making it hard for her to meet the daily cost of living. She left her two children with a neighbor to come for surgery and appeals for financial help. Without treatment, her cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $898 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Rachel. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 6th. After treatment, Rachel will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Rachel says, “Thank you for agreeing to support my surgery. I am grateful and look forward to quick recovery.”

71% funded

71%funded
$642raised
$256to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Rachel

Rachel is a tailor from Kenya. She is a middle-aged woman from the east of the country. Eight years ago, she noted a lump on her right breast and consulted several hospitals. She had FNA tests run and cancer was ruled out. In 2014, she had a lumpectomy but unfortunately, the lump recurred in 2018. She was biopsied in a different hospital and still did not get a cancer diagnosis. Late in 2019, she opted to come to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Kijabe Hospital where she had several tests done, including an ultrasound and CT scan. Doctors diagnosed early-stage cancer. Rachel returned to the hospital in April and surgery is advised. If not operated on, she is at risk of cancer metastasis, which might result in an early death. Rachel is a mother of two children, ages 10 and 8 years old. She lives in a two-roomed rental house paying $34 per month. She sustains her family through her small tailoring venture in their house. Living with a disability, where she had a right femur osteomyelitis in 1982, she is not able to move with ease, and this limits her ability to earn a better living and lifestyle. She separated with her husband, making it hard for her to meet the daily cost of living. She left her two children with a neighbor to come for surgery and appeals for financial help. Without treatment, her cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $898 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Rachel. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 6th. After treatment, Rachel will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Rachel says, “Thank you for agreeing to support my surgery. I am grateful and look forward to quick recovery.”

71% funded

71%funded
$642raised
$256to go