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Success! Jecinta from Kenya raised $780 to treat a neural tube defect.

Jecinta
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Jecinta's treatment was fully funded on June 23, 2016.

Photo of Jecinta post-operation

August 30, 2016

Jecinta received treatment for her neural tube defect.

Jecinta had a successful surgery and her parents are looking forward to her full recovery. Her family was more than happy to have gotten help from Watsi.

“I cannot wait to see Jecinta fully recovered,” her father shared. “This is one of my answered prayers.”

Jecinta had a successful surgery and her parents are looking forward to her full recovery. Her family was more than happy to have gotten hel...

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June 20, 2016

Coming from a village in Kenya, Jecinta is the youngest of 24 siblings. Her mother is the third of three wives, with six biological children of her own. Jecinta’s mother is a housewife who takes care of her children. His father is a pastoralist, who, unfortunately, lost the majority of his livestock to the drought that swept the region dry. The entire family depends on ten acres of land with is not producing well due to the drought.

Jecinta was born in perfect health. Apart from a small bump that never seemed to disappear everything was well. She continued on in that state until she went in for her three months old clinical review. The doctor observed that the bump was abnormal and had grown to a big swelling. Over time, it began to impact her vision.

Jecinta has a frontal encephalocele - a neural tube defect that causes visible, sac-like protrusions of the brain.

Specialized treatment is now required, but Jecinta’s parents cannot afford the cost. Her father sold one of his cows but they are not able to raise the rest of the funds needed.

If not treated, Jecinta may have mental and growth retardation, seizures, uncoordinated movement of voluntary muscles. Encephalocoele repair surgery will allow Jecinta to avoid these long-term consequences and grow up healthy.

“I am now very aged and want to see my children to grow up with nothing affecting them whatsoever,” Jecinta’s father said. “I will appreciate if we can get help for her surgical care.”

Coming from a village in Kenya, Jecinta is the youngest of 24 siblings. Her mother is the third of three wives, with six biological children...

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Jecinta's Timeline

  • June 20, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 21, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Jecinta's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 23, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Jecinta's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 29, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Jecinta 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.

  • August 30, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Jecinta's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

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Collins

Collins is seventh grade student and is looking forward to finishing his primary school studies. He is the second born in a family of three children. His father is a motorbike taxi driver but was involved in an accident and broke his hand and is now unable to work. Their family now relies on Collins' mother who does laundry work and house chores to earn a living for their family. Collins is a happy and talkative boy. When he was young, his parents noticed his health condition took him to a nearby hospital for treatment. There he was examined but was not able to receive care at that time. His parents were not satisfied and went to another hospital where they recommended surgery. His family has not been able to cover the cost and Collins has not yet been treated. Fortunately, their church pastor heard about Collins’ condition and referred them to our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Hospital. Collins was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Collins has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Collins will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on April 12th. AMH is requesting $646 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Collins’ mother says, “I used to feel bad about myself previously as I could not afford to cater for my son’s treatment. Now I’m happy with the progress and what God is doing in Collins’ life. We hope for the best with the surgery.”

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