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Success! Faraja from Tanzania raised $1,238 to fund brain surgery.

Faraja
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  • $1,238 raised, $0 to go
$1,238
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Faraja's treatment was fully funded on August 8, 2018.

Photo of Faraja post-operation

July 5, 2018

Faraja underwent brain surgery.

Faraja’s surgery went well. The ETV is working well and helping to relieve pressure from his brain. He is no longer vomiting. The doctors are happy with his recovery.

Faraja’s mother says, “God bless you all for helping treat my son he is doing so well. It’s still hard for me to believe this but it has been made possible by you all. Thank you.”

Faraja’s surgery went well. The ETV is working well and helping to relieve pressure from his brain. He is no longer vomiting. The doctors ar...

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June 13, 2018

Faraja is a baby from Tanzania. She is the second born in a family of two kids. Her parents are small-scale farmers who depend on what they harvest for their sustenance.

Faraja has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Faraja has been experiencing vomiting and an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Faraja will experience severe physical and developmental delays.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,238 to cover the cost of surgery for Faraja that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 15 and will drain the excess fluid from Faraja’s brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Faraja will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl.

Faraja’s father says, “We cannot afford the cost of the surgery but we wouldn’t want our baby to grow up a disabled child. Please help us, we don’t know any where else to go for help.”

Faraja is a baby from Tanzania. She is the second born in a family of two kids. Her parents are small-scale farmers who depend on what they ...

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Faraja's Timeline

  • June 13, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 17, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Faraja received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). 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.

  • June 17, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Faraja's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 05, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Faraja's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 08, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Faraja's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Treatment
Hydrocephalus - ETV Insertion
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,238 for Faraja's treatment
Hospital Fees
$991
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$51
Supplies
$35
Labs
$111
Other
$50

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Moe is a 31-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her husband and four-year-old son in Mae La Refugee Camp (MLRC) in Tha Song Yang District of Tak Province. She has lived there for 20 years after her parents moved from Bilin Township, Bago Division in Burma because of the civil war. Moe is a homemaker who does all the household chores while her husband is a farmer who works on rented land outside of the camp, where he plants corn and beans. To make some extra income, Moe also sells snacks from home. Their combined income is enough to cover basic family expenses. As for healthcare, they receive free basic care in the camp provided by International Rescue Committee (IRC). A few months ago, Moe started to feel a mass in her lower abdomen while she was lying down after eating dinner. She thought it was strange and told her neighbor about it the next day. Her neighbor told her that this was normal for someone gaining weight, which she suggested Moe was. Upon hearing this, she did not seek treatment, agreeing with her neighbor’s conclusion. However, she soon felt that the mass was increasing in size, which did not seem normal. On February 13th, 2020, she decided it was time to go to the clinic in the camp for further investigation. The medic at the camp examined to her and told her that she likely had a cyst in her lower abdomen, but they could not diagnose her further. The medic informed the doctor at the camp and the doctor discussed the situation with IRC staff, who then referred Moe to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further investigation. She was referred to MSH on February 17th for an ultrasound. Upon going to MSH, doctors performed an ultrasound and told her that she has a mass in her uterus. Since the mass was already large, however, the ultrasound did not show a clear result whether the mass was outside or inside her uterus. For this reason, the doctor recommended a computed tomography (CT) scan on February 25th. Moe returned home and came back to MSH for the CT scan according to the appointment date. On the day of the scan, she also received a blood test and urine test before being informed that she would have to come back on February 27th to get the results. When she returned, the doctor explained to her that there is a large tumor in her right ovary and that she needs surgery to remove it, followed by a tissue biopsy to confirm whether the growth is cancerous. Currently, Moe has a burning pain in her lower right abdomen. Sometimes the pain gets worse, which makes it difficult for her sleep or eat well. For this reason, she said that she lost her appetite and weight. When she eats, she feels discomfort as her stomach becomes tight and full, even she eats very little. She feels like the mass is gradually getting bigger and she feels more comfortable lying down instead of sitting or walking. Moe sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. She is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on March 24th and is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Moe said, “Both my husband and I became worried when we heard that there was mass in my uterus. We worry that my whole uterus might need to be removed and we will no longer be able to have more children. Now, the doctor told me that only the tumor will be removed and that I most likely will be able to have children in the future. Me and my husband want to have one or two more children, so we were very happy when we heard that my uterus would not to be removed.”

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