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Success! Ahmed from Kenya raised $1,097 to fund spinal cord repair surgery.

Ahmed
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  • $1,097 raised, $0 to go
$1,097
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Ahmed's treatment was fully funded on December 24, 2016.

Photo of Ahmed post-operation

February 2, 2017

Ahmed underwent successful spinal cord repair surgery.

Surgeons repaired the open defect along his spine. This procedure has minimized his risk of infections or other spinal complications. In addition, surgeons inserted a shunt to drain excess fluid from his brain. This procedure will reduce intracranial pressure and prevent brain damage.

“Receive our heartfelt gratitude for the help, without which Ahmed would not have gotten the treatment he so needed,” says Ahmed’s mother.

Surgeons repaired the open defect along his spine. This procedure has minimized his risk of infections or other spinal complications. In add...

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December 7, 2016

Ahmed is a one-month-old boy from Kenya. He was born with an open mass on his back. His parents learned that he had spina bifida, a spinal defect. Without treatment, he risked infection or development of tethered cord syndrome.

Ahmed was immediately referred to a specialist at our medical partner’s care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital. On December 8, he underwent a spina bifida closure procedure.

Ahmed’s family lives in the northeastern region of Kenya. His mother is a housewife, and his father is a long-distance driver. They cannot afford to pay their son’s medical bill. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,097 to fund this procedure.

“In life, we go through some difficult experiences,” says Ahmed’s mother. “They are hard for people to experience, and I think we just have this tendency to want to put our heads down and close our eyes. When you do that, there’s so much that you can miss. What you can miss is the fact that people are better than you ever thought they would be, and that people are so kind and so generous. I have faith that we will get help from Watsi, and I appreciate their willingness to help. I am looking forward to a healthier Ahmed.”

Ahmed is a one-month-old boy from Kenya. He was born with an open mass on his back. His parents learned that he had spina bifida, a spinal d...

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Ahmed's Timeline

  • December 7, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 8, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ahmed 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.

  • December 15, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ahmed's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 24, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ahmed's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 2, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ahmed's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

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