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Success! Shalo from Ethiopia raised $1,500 for life-changing anorectal surgery.

Shalo
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Fully funded
Shalo's treatment was fully funded on March 12, 2016.

Photo of Shalo post-operation

August 9, 2016

Shalo underwent successful anorectal surgery.

Shalo had his first surgery successfully, and he was then sent home for dilations before the colostomy was removed on the 5th of July. Shalo is now able to pass stool normally. He will no longer suffer colostomy related complications such as irritation and leakages.

Shalo’s mother is happy and grateful for the closure done for her child. She is most excited for the generous free service she got through this program. She said: “I am so excited for the colostomy closure my child got. I am so thankful for the donors who covered my child’s medical bill. I am now free from all the worries and stress I was in. And I am so thankful for the Lord who gave me this freedom. My child is now healthy.”

Shalo had his first surgery successfully, and he was then sent home for dilations before the colostomy was removed on the 5th of July. Shalo...

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February 14, 2016

Shalo is a nine-month-old infant from Ethiopia living with an imperforate anus. An imperforate anus is a type of anorectal malformation, where the malformed rectum threatens to complication normal bowel movements. An anorectal malformation is discovered upon birth, and is often accompanied with spinal or heart complications as well.

Depending on the severity of the malformation, those with an imperforate anus can have chronic constipation, or in more serious cases, may need an emergency colostomy. Shalo was one who needed to have an emergency colostomy due to obstruction of his bowels. Since then he has been unable to independently pass stool, and is exposed to further colostomy complications such as leakages, infection, or obstruction.

Shalo is the third child born to his family. His father works as a laborer, and makes approximately $2.40 per day. Since birth, Shalo has needed full time care, and his mother has stayed at home to take care of him and his siblings. With the reduced income, saving for the needed procedure has been difficult. “All I need is my boy to get the treatment and be healed,” says Shalo’s mother. “Then I can get back to my work and help support my family too.”

Shalo needs a posterior sagittal anorectoplasty to surgically reposition the rectum and anus and better allow for regular bowel movements. After the surgery, a colostomy opening will be created to allow recovery from the anorectoplasty. Then, two to three months later, a colostomy closure will be done to complete the process.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, tells us that for $1,500, Shalo can have the posterior sagittal anorectoplasty and colostomy closure he needs. The total cost includes the antibiotics, imaging, and inpatient stay. After his recovery, he is expected to be able to independently pass stool and allow his mother to return to work.

Shalo is a nine-month-old infant from Ethiopia living with an imperforate anus. An imperforate anus is a type of anorectal malformation, whe...

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Shalo's Timeline

  • February 14, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 8, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Shalo's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 12, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Shalo's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 5, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Shalo 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.

  • August 9, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Shalo's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

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Yi

Yi is a 67-year-old woman from Bruma who lives in a monastery with 40 other monks, nuns, and villagers. Although she does not have an income, all of her basic needs are met by the monastery. Yi enjoys spending most of her time reading religious books. Over 15 years ago, Yi's vision in her right eye became blurred, but she did not seek treatment because she thought it was simply something that was destined to occur due to her aging process. However, she eventually sought medical care at a hospital with the support of donors because her vision progressively worsened. There, she was diagnosed with a cataract and was scheduled to undergo repair surgery. On the day she was supposed to receive treatment, her son unfortunately passed away, so she did not return to the hospital for the procedure. Over the next couple of years, Yi began to also experience blurred vision in her left eye. The vision in both of her eyes deteriorated to the point where she could no longer recognize people. Fortunately, she was able to undergo cataract surgery of her left eye two months ago with the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). Now, she is scheduled to undergo cataract surgery on August 10th. During this procedure, surgeons will perform a lens replacement on her right eye. BCMF is requesting $769 to cover the total cost of Yi's procedure and care. Yi shares, "As long as I am alive, I want to see and I do not want to depend on others to help me. I felt so happy when I learned that donors will pay for the cost of my surgery. Thank you so much to all the donors.”

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