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Success! Christian from Tanzania raised $920 for mass excision surgery.

Christian
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$920
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Fully funded
Christian's treatment was fully funded on February 3, 2016.

Photo of Christian post-operation

March 7, 2016

Christian received surgery to relieve his digestive obstruction.

“Christian is doing much better compared to before the surgery. The mass was adherent to the liver and so was not completely excised, but Christian is on corticosteroids to make the mass shrink. He may need re-excision later. Otherwise, he is feeding well and passing stool without problems,” reports our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation.

“I am grateful for the big financial and medical support,” Christian’s mother shares. “I continue to pray for complete recovery. Thank you.”

"Christian is doing much better compared to before the surgery. The mass was adherent to the liver and so was not completely excised, but Ch...

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January 28, 2016

“We just pray that our son will get well, have the ability to breastfeed and continue with normal growth,” share Christian’s parents.

Their baby boy, Christian, was born in last December in Tanzania. When he was just a few days old, his mother became alarmed when “he did not want to breastfeed at all,” says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). She also noticed that his abdomen was beginning to swell, and his skin was jaundiced.

Soon after, “Christian was diagnosed with biliary obstruction secondary to choledochal cyst,” AMHF tells us. This means that Christian’s bile ducts, which carry digestive fluids from the liver to the intestines, are blocked. “This biliary obstruction has to be removed to prevent too much toxic bile [from building up] in the blood,” AMHF tells us.

Christian needs a mass excision operation to un-block his bile duct. However, his parents cannot afford to pay for this procedure on their own. Christian’s mother recently had to quit her job to bring her ailing infant on frequent hospital visits, leaving the four-person family reliant on their father’s single income as a van driver. “The little that Christian’s father earns is not enough to cover their basic needs as well as the cost of operation which their son badly needs,” AMHF says.

Fortunately, with $920 we can help Christian get the care he urgently needs. This sum will cover the surgery to remove the choledocal cyst blocking Christian’s bile ducts, as well as a six-week stay for the baby afterwards at a recovery center.

After this procedure, “Christian’s liver will function well, allowing adequate bile flow to the intestine. Hence, no more toxins and Christian will feed well and continue with normal growth,” says AMHF.

“We just pray that our son will get well, have the ability to breastfeed and continue with normal growth,” share Christian’s parents. The...

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Christian's Timeline

  • January 28, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Christian was submitted by Esupat Kimerei, Rehab Surgery Project Assistant Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • January 29, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

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

  • February 01, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Christian's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 03, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Christian's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 07, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Christian's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 23 donors

Funded by 23 donors

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