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Success! Fred from Kenya raised $1,500 to fund spinal surgery.

Fred
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Fred's treatment was fully funded on September 18, 2020.

Photo of Fred post-operation

August 17, 2020

Fred underwent spinal surgery.

Fred underwent surgery on the 10th of July. The surgery was successful. The treatment will be a life-changing experience for him as he will be able to continue with his studies, his self-esteem will improve, and he will also have good posture while sitting and be able to walk comfortably without straining.

“May God bless you for your kindness to link me with Watsi and their medical partner, African Mission Healthcare. May God continue to expand your reach. Thank you so much,” shared Jemima, Fred’s mother.

Fred underwent surgery on the 10th of July. The surgery was successful. The treatment will be a life-changing experience for him as he will ...

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May 18, 2020

Fred is a jovial 15-year-old who likes learning. He is a student at Mary Mother of Grace School in Laikipia and his family hails from Naivasha in Nakuru county. Fred is the oldest child in his family of three children. His mother is a housewife while his father works in one of the flower farms in Naivasha.

In 2019, Fred’s parents realized that his posture was not okay and he was taken to Naivasha District Hospital for checkups where he was diagnosed with scoliosis. He was then referred for advanced treatment to Watsi’s Medical Partner Care Center Cure International Hospital. While being attended to at the hospital, the doctor suggested taking two MRI images which were very costly to the family who earns low monthly wages. After the MRI the doctor scheduled a much-needed surgery on Fred’s spine (Posterior Spine Instrumented Fusion). The hospital bill is $3350, of which the National Health Insurance Fund has agreed to pay $1300. Fred is straining when standing and while sitting. After receiving the treatment Fred will be able to continue with his studies without physical straining and his posture will be normal again.

“We are appealing for support from well-wishers to enable our son to continue with his life and studies normally. We will appreciate any kind of support,” Fred’s mother told us.

Fred is a jovial 15-year-old who likes learning. He is a student at Mary Mother of Grace School in Laikipia and his family hails from Naivas...

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Fred's Timeline

  • May 18, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Fred was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • May 20, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Fred's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 10, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Fred received treatment at AIC Cure International Hospital. 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 17, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Fred's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 18, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Fred's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 26 donors

Funded by 26 donors

Treatment
Anterior/Posterior Spine Fusion
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $3,304 for Fred's treatment
Subsidies fund $1,804 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$839
Medical Staff
$313
Medication
$131
Supplies
$1,943
Labs
$37
Radiology
$41

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Tushabomwe

Tushabomwe is a 44 year old woman who lost her husband in 2009 when unfortunately they were attacked by gunmen in their house. Tushabomwe was shot in her thigh and she was pregnant with her third child, who luckily survived. Tushabomwe suspected the attack was planned by relatives and this forced her to move very far away to start a new life. She has not gotten married again. Tushabomwe works hard, selling dry produce such as beans in the nearby markets and was able to construct a three-room semi-permanent house for shelter. She later started small-scale farming as a way to generate food for her children. Her oldest is 15 years old and in secondary school class one, her second born in primary school class seven and her youngest is 10 years old and in primary school class four. She is proud to independently take care of her children, although it is a challenge. Tushabomwe developed a small swelling on her neck in 2019 and it kept on increasing in size as time went on. The swelling became prominent with severe pain. She went to a local health centre and was given tablets hoping that the swelling would reduce as well as the pain, but all this did not help. The swelling reduces and increases occasionally, currently, it is in its smallest size but after some time it increases in size and so does her pain. In its largest state, she has difficulty swallowing and speaking. She decided to come to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Rushoroza Hospital to seek medical advice and treatment. Doctors there told her that if not treated through a thyroidectomy, Tushabomwe may develop airway obstruction, thyrotoxicosis and further difficulty in swallowing. Tushabomwe says, “This condition hinders the smooth running of my business because of the pain. After surgery, I will be comfortable and I will take on my business activities and be able to take care of my family.”

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$190raised
$117to go

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