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Success! Ekaal from Kenya raised $1,097 to fund a spina bifida closure.

Ekaal
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$1,097
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Fully funded
Ekaal's treatment was fully funded on April 5, 2017.

Photo of Ekaal post-operation

March 10, 2017

Ekaal underwent a spina bifida closure.

Ekaal’s surgery to close the spinal defect on his back was successful. This procedure has minimized his risk of acquiring infections. Ekaal also underwent surgery to drain the excess cerebral spinal fluid in his head, the result of another condition called hydrocephalus.

“Your selfless acts of kindness toward people you have not even met is truly inspiring. Ekaal looks great! Thank you so much,” says Ekaal’s mother.

Ekaal’s surgery to close the spinal defect on his back was successful. This procedure has minimized his risk of acquiring infections. Ekaal ...

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January 18, 2017

Ekaal is a two-month-old baby. His family lives in a one-room rental house in the northeastern region of Kenya. His mother takes care of the household, while his father burns charcoal to support the family.

Ekaal was born with a cystic mass swelling on his lower back. Two days after birth, the swell began to leak, putting Ekaal at risk of infections and complications. He was diagnosed with spina bifida, a condition in which the spinal cord develops improperly.

Fortunately, Ekaal will undergo spinal repair surgery on January 19. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,097 to fund his care.

Ekaal’s mother says, “We have traveled miles to get here, but we are glad we will get help for Ekaal’s treatment.’’

Ekaal is a two-month-old baby. His family lives in a one-room rental house in the northeastern region of Kenya. His mother takes care of the...

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Ekaal's Timeline

  • January 18, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 20, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ekaal's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 6, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ekaal received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH) in Kenya. 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.

  • March 10, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ekaal's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 5, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ekaal's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 21 donors

Funded by 21 donors

Treatment
Spina Bifida Closure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,097 for Ekaal'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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