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Success! Lomunyaki from Tanzania raised $966 to fund spina bifida repair.

Lomunyaki
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Fully funded
Lomunyaki's treatment was fully funded on June 18, 2020.

Photo of Lomunyaki post-operation

March 12, 2020

Lomunyaki underwent spina bifida treatment.

Lomunyak had a successful surgery that has helped correct his underdeveloped spine that was putting him in danger of losing his limb functionality or even death in case he had a serious infection before having the treatment.

Lomunyak was discharged to recover in a safe and healthy place at the nearby Plaster House, but over the night his post-surgical wound started discharging fluids showing signs of infection. He was put on medication of Ceftriaxone and Metronidazole for three days and, when his condition worsened, he was rushed back to the hospital where he is still receiving treatment. His wound has been resutured and he also needs another surgery when he is stable to help correct a hydrocephalus condition that he is developing.

Lomunyaki’s mother shared, “I am thankful that my son was able to have his badly needed surgery and even though there has been complication, the doctors are trying their best. Thank you once more.”

Lomunyak had a successful surgery that has helped correct his underdeveloped spine that was putting him in danger of losing his limb functio...

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February 11, 2020

Lomunyaki is a 3-month-old baby boy from Tanzania. He is the only child to his parents. Lomunyak’s mother is staying at her parent’s home after giving birth to Lomunyak. Lomunyaki’s father didn’t want to take his son to the hospital thus the mother was forced to ran away and go seek help from her parents. Her parents are livestock keepers with very little income but they were able to get some money and took Lomunyaki to a clinic.

Lomunyaki 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, Lomunyaki 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 Lomunyaki’s spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 12th. This procedure will hopefully spare Lomunyaki from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthier trajectory.

Lomunyaki’s mother says, “I was very shocked when I gave birth to Lomunyaki; he is my first born and him born with a disability made me feel very bad like there was something wrong with my womb. Please help my son get this treatment.”

Lomunyaki is a 3-month-old baby boy from Tanzania. He is the only child to his parents. Lomunyak's mother is staying at her parent’s home af...

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Lomunyaki's Timeline

  • February 11, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 12, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lomunyaki received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). 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.

  • February 17, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lomunyaki's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 12, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lomunyaki's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 18, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lomunyaki's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 26 donors

Funded by 26 donors

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

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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Ma Ni

Ma Ni is a 30-year-old woman from Burma. In her free time, she likes to pray to Buddha. She and her husband work as government officers. Together they earn 414,000 kyat (approx. $414 USD) per month, which is not enough for any safety net after they pay their bills for utilities and other household expenses. One day in July 2019, Ma Ni stood up from her desk at work and had pain in her hip joints. She had to push her hand against her hips to help her walk. She did not think there was anything seriously wrong so she did not seek medical attention. However, two weeks after this incident, when she was going to work, she slipped and fell in front of her house. Right away her hips started to hurt and two weeks later, the pain gradually became severe. Her condition worsened day by day, although she visited several hospitals and had taken medications. Currently, Ma Ni has a lot of pain in her hips. She cannot walk for more than two minutes or the pain becomes unbearable. She does not feel comfortable when she lays down and has problems sleeping from the pain. She also needs help going to the bathroom and taking a shower. Fortunately, Ma Ni learned about Watsi's medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). At BCMF's care center, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Ma Ni of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for December 17th, and Ma Ni needs help raising $1,500 to pay for this procedure. Ma Ni said, "I had to send my son to my mother’s place in Mawlamyine and my husband also had to ask for leave. [When fully recovered] I want to take back my son from my mother and send him to school. I will support him in whatever he wants to become when he grows up.”

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