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

Jecinta
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Fully funded
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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Lilian

Lilian is a 25-year-old woman who works as a helper for another family. A mother of two young children, she is raising them alone, since she and her husband are separated. She says that despite struggling to sustain them, she loves them a lot. Six years ago, Lilian began to experience troubling symptoms, including a swollen neck, snoring, difficulty breathing especially at night and feeling the weight of a growth in her neck. She has also been experiencing low self-esteem due to the neck swelling. She was diagnosed with large Right Multinodular Goiter, and needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Lillian could not go to the hospital for lack of money until one of her neighbours who had been supported through the Watsi program brought her to Nazareth Hospital for possible support. She was advised to have an ultrasound scan and thyroid function tests. For three months, she did not return to Nazareth, until last week when she had finally managed to raise money for the tests. Now our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Lilian receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on October 24th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $657, and she and her family need help raising money. Lilian is very optimistic and says, “Now I have the results and I am very hopeful that the sponsors will answer to my plea, so that I can regain my normal life, self-esteem and take care of my small children.”

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