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Success! Gemechu from Ethiopia raised $1,500 to fund reparative surgery to finally heal a condition he has had since birth.

Gemechu
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Gemechu's treatment was fully funded on November 29, 2022.

Photo of Gemechu post-operation

December 13, 2022

Gemechu underwent reparative surgery to finally heal a condition he has had since birth.

Our medical partner shared that surgery proceeded successfully as planned and Gemechu recovered well from the operation. He is now passing stool and as a result of this surgery he will lead a normal and quality life.

Genechu’s mother said, “The hospital stay was good and we are very thankful. We would also like to thank the donors. They worked hard to prolong my child’s life. They helped him to find relief from pain and agony. I pray for God to bless them with abundance of fruits in their work and labor.”

Our medical partner shared that surgery proceeded successfully as planned and Gemechu recovered well from the operation. He is now passing s...

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July 31, 2022

Meet Gemechu, an adorable and cheerful nine-year-old boy from Ethiopia. He lives with his parents and five siblings. His father is a farmer, and his mother is a homemaker. Gemechu loves imitating others and trying to do what he observes others doing. He also loves to play with toy cars and with his siblings.

Gemechu was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital condition that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. His parents share that at one point, Gemechu’s condition left him unable to talk, as well as unable to move his head and body. Although he has received a colostomy insertion procedure, he still needs further treatment in order to fully heal his condition.

Fortunately, Gemechu is scheduled to undergo surgery to help correct his condition on August 9th at BethanyKids Myungsung Christian Medical Centre. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Gemechu’s procedure and care. After his recovery, he will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future.

Gemechu’s father shares, “Our hope grew a lot, even now. The colostomy changed his life. He is healthy, he eats well, and we hope for a lot more after this planned surgery, specifically for him to get better and to live a normal life. We hope his life will change after this surgery.”

Meet Gemechu, an adorable and cheerful nine-year-old boy from Ethiopia. He lives with his parents and five siblings. His father is a farmer,...

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Gemechu's Timeline

  • July 31, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Gemechu was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • August 2, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Gemechu's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 9, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Gemechu received treatment at BethanyKids Myungsung Christian Medical Centre (BKMCM) in Ethiopia. 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 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Gemechu's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 13, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Gemechu's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
Anorectal Malformation
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,641 for Gemechu's treatment
Subsidies fund $141 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,427
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$42
Supplies
$0
Labs
$94
Other
$78

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$225raised
$244to go

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