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Geoffrey from Kenya raised $1,500 to get healthy.

Geoffrey
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Geoffrey's treatment was fully funded on June 24, 2013.

Photo of Geoffrey post-operation

Geoffrey received surgery to enable him to pass stool properly.

A few days after Geoffrey’s initial operation, the doctors found that his colostomy needed to be redone. The second procedure was a success and Geoffrey now has the ability to properly pass stool. Geoffrey’s mother was thrilled with the outcome.

“We are very grateful for what Watsi did for us and our son,” she said. “We look forward to seeing him grow up normally like other children—thank you!”

A few days after Geoffrey’s initial operation, the doctors found that his colostomy needed to be redone. The second procedure was a success ...

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Seven-month-old Geoffrey has an inability to pass stool appropriately. Because his mother just finished secondary school and his father works in a stone mine, Geoffrey is mainly taken care of by his grandmother. Geoffrey’s grandmother is a loving caretaker, but she has two other grandchildren to raise and resources are spread thin. She is unable to afford Geoffrey’s medical care.

Geoffrey needs a proper anus reconstruction so he can pass stool through the right channel. His mother hopes for him “to have a life that is better than her own” so Geoffrey can “grow up responsible and determined.”

For $1,500, we can fund Geoffrey’s surgery so he can live a healthy and normal life!

Seven-month-old Geoffrey has an inability to pass stool appropriately. Because his mother just finished secondary school and his father work...

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Geoffrey's Timeline

  • June 24, 2013
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Geoffrey's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 24, 2013
    FULLY FUNDED

    Geoffrey's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 12, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Geoffrey. Read the update.

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Funded by 1 donor

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Abubakar

Abubakar is eight months old and is the youngest in a family with two children. Abubakar and his family live in a one-room rental house in Nairobi's suburbs. His mother is a stay-at-home mom, while his father works on the assembly line at a mineral water company. At four months of age, he was diagnosed with a condition known as hydrocephalus, a condition in which an excess of fluids builds up in the skull, causing the brain to swell. Abubakar, an otherwise cheerful baby, has turned irritable due to the increased intra-cranial pressure from the fluid in his brain. If he does not get treated, he will be at risk of impaired vision, delayed development, permanent brain damage, and even death. At birth, Abubakar looked normal and was able to feed well. Four months later, his mother noticed his head growing at an abnormally fast rate compared with his body. Alarmed by this, Abubakar's parents took him for a traditional Kenyan treatment that is alleged to keep the head from growing too big. The treatment involves dipping a wooden stick in hot oil and placing it on directly on the baby's head. Abubakar went through this treatment twice. “We burnt his head severely, but it has not helped a thing,” says Abubakar’s mother. Naturally, the treatment did not stop the head from growing and only left the baby with conspicuous lesions all over the skull. At this point, Abubakar's grandmother suggested that the family seek specialized treatment. The family went to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, where they sought the advice of a neuro-specialist. The specialist recommended that Abubakar have surgery to drain the fluid from his brain. His surgery is scheduled for May 26. Abubakar's parents' combined income is barely enough to cover daily expenses, let alone any costly medical procedures. However, the family was able to raise $52 to go towards the surgery. Our medical partner is requesting $685 to help fund the surgery. After surgery, Abubakar will be able to grow normally and be free from his condition.

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