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Success! Lorens from Kenya raised $1,165 for spinal surgery.

Lorens
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  • $1,165 raised, $0 to go
$1,165
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Lorens's treatment was fully funded on August 28, 2016.

Photo of Lorens post-operation

November 1, 2016

Lorens successfully received spinal surgery.

Lorens’ surgery was a success! Her spine has been detethered, greatly minimizing the risks of developing cysts and providing potential for some functional restoration. In a few weeks, there will be a follow-up to ensure there is no retethering, and further follow-up appointments after that to keep an eye on Lorens’ health.

“It would not have been like this without your kind hearts,” shares Loren’s mother. “This is such an unforgettable thing that we will never forget. I am so grateful for it Watsi.”

Lorens' surgery was a success! Her spine has been detethered, greatly minimizing the risks of developing cysts and providing potential for s...

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July 27, 2016

Three-month-old Lorens is the only child to his young parents. He was born with a swollen mass on the back of his neck. Due to a lack of knowledge, his parents took the situation lightly. Little did they know that the mass was spina bifida and that, if left untreated, it would lead to further complications. A friend who noticed the swelling noted that it was not normal. Unfortunately for Lorens’ parents, by this time it was a little too late; Lorens had already developed tethered spinal cord syndrome, a condition involving the fixation of tissue to the spinal cord.

Surgery is required to release the tethered cord as soon as possible, but Lorens’ parents are unable to raise the necessary funds. They did manage to fund $104 of their son’s treatment, but the little income they receive from casual employment in their neighborhood has left them in need of financial support. Lorens’ father is a casual laborer and will settle for any task, whether it is construction or transporting hand-driven carts, to meet the needs of his family. His wife is a stay-at-home mother. The family resides in a single-rental house in the suburbs.

With $1,165 in funding, Lorens will finally be able to undergo a tethered cord release, thus eliminating pain, allowing fuller range of motion, and reducing other risk factors associated with the condition. Surgery will greatly improve Lorens’ quality of life and allow him to grow up a healthy young boy.

“I wish I could do more to make my son’s life easier,” shares Lorens’ mother. “I will do any job assigned to me just to have this pain eliminated from Lorens.”

Three-month-old Lorens is the only child to his young parents. He was born with a swollen mass on the back of his neck. Due to a lack of kno...

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Lorens's Timeline

  • July 27, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Lorens was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • August 12, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lorens's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 28, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lorens's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 07, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lorens 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 01, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lorens's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

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