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Success! Gift from Tanzania raised $966 to fund spinal surgery.

Gift
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  • $966 raised, $0 to go
$966
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Gift's treatment was fully funded on August 10, 2019.

Photo of Gift post-operation

July 6, 2019

Gift underwent spinal surgery.

He is no longer at risk of future complications.

Gift’s mother says, “I will forever be thankful for your help I didn’t have any money to afford his treatment cost, but you came to our rescue thank you.”

He is no longer at risk of future complications. Gift’s mother says, “I will forever be thankful for your help I didn’t have any money t...

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June 14, 2019

Gift is a baby from Tanzania. He was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Gift is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $966 to cover the cost of Gift’s spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 17. This procedure will hopefully spare Gift from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory.

Gift’s mother says, “Please help my son I have no means of affording his treatment cost.”

Gift is a baby from Tanzania. He was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around ...

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Gift's Timeline

  • June 14, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Gift was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • June 17, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Gift received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) in Tanzania. 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.

  • June 21, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Gift's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 6, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Gift's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 10, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Gift's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 29 donors

Treatment
Spina Bifida Repair (Alone)
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $966 for Gift's treatment
Hospital Fees
$804
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$51
Supplies
$51
Labs
$60

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Pwe

Pwe is a 56-year-old woman who lives with her husband, her older brother, her daughter and her grandson in a refugee camp in Tak Province, Thailand. Since they came to the refugee camp, Pwe teaches at one of the primary schools and she earns 1,060 baht (approx. 35 USD) per month. She has a resourceful family: Her daughter teaches piano on a keyboard, and she earns around 2,000 baht (approx. 67 USD) per month. Her older brother is a carpenter who earns income when someone commissions a piece of furniture. When he does have work, he will earn around 150 baht (approx. 5 USD) per day. Pwe's grandson is a nursery school student in the refugee camp. Her son-in-law went back to Burma to visit his parents in 2019. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, he has been unable to come back to the refugee camp since then. All together, they work hard to make finances meet their day to day needs. The doctors at our medical partner's care center, Mae Sot General Hospital (MSGH), have diagnosed Pwe with a cataract in her left eye. Currently, Pwe cannot see people’s faces and she can only perceive light out of her left eye. With her right eye, she can see things that are near, but nothing that's far away. She received a pair of eyeglasses from the doctor at MSGH after her first visit, which helps her see better with her right eye but if she does not wear the eyeglasses, she cannot read or teach her students. Fortunately, on February 23rd, doctors will perform a lens replacement surgery, during which they will remove Pwe's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly again and go back to teaching her students without difficulty. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to help fund Pwe's treatment. She said, “Since the vision in my left eye worsened, I feel uncomfortable reading and teaching. Sometimes, I ask my daughter, who also graduated from high school in the refugee camp, to teach in my place as I cannot read or prepare my lesson plans.”

73% funded

73%funded
$1,106raised
$394to go

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