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Damaris from Kenya raised $1,327 to fund corrective surgery.

Damaris
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  • $1,327 raised, $0 to go
$1,327
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Damaris's treatment was fully funded on April 15, 2019.

Photo of Damaris post-operation

February 16, 2020

Damaris underwent corrective surgery.

Damaris had successful surgery to create an anal opening in March 2019. She left for home to continue with anal dilation and hopefully have a colostomy closure later. However, our medical partner shared that after a review in October where she was found to be underweight, she did not return to the hospital. Efforts to reach her family through the phone have proved futile, but our hope is that she has started to gain weight and will return for additional care whenever her family chooses to do so.

Damaris had successful surgery to create an anal opening in March 2019. She left for home to continue with anal dilation and hopefully have ...

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March 6, 2019

Damaris is a toddler from Kenya. She is an active three-year-old girl. She lives with her parents and three elder siblings.

Damaris was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. She needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction.

Damaris is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on March 7. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,327 to cover the total cost of Damaris’s procedure and care.

After her recovery, Damaris will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future.

“I am glad I could get help from you,” says Damaris’s mother.

Damaris is a toddler from Kenya. She is an active three-year-old girl. She lives with her parents and three elder siblings. Damaris was b...

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Damaris's Timeline

  • March 6, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 07, 2019
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Damaris was scheduled to receive treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH). 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.

  • March 07, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Damaris's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 15, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Damaris's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 16, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Damaris's treatment was started but not completed. Read the update.

Funded by 35 donors

Treatment
Anorectal Malformation Complete (2 stage)
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,327 for Damaris's treatment
Hospital Fees
$1,274
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$44
Supplies
$0
Labs
$9

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Solomon

Solomon is a young boy from Kenya who four months ago was diagnosed with a right undescended testis. This is a condition where testis are not in a scrotal sac as expected in a baby boy soon after birth. Solomon arrived at the hospital today in the company of his mother and grandmother. His mother walks in with a limp and a crutch for support. Solomon is quick to grab a seat for his mother, something that depicts how respectful he is. While giving him a bath recently, Solomon’s mother noticed a slight swell on his groin which was painful. Solomon confessed that it had been there for some time but really never bothered him. Solomon’s mother took him to the nearest hospital where he was diagnosed and surgery recommended. Solomon was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. The cost of surgery was however way too high for them to cover. Recently, a friend advised that they visit Watsi Partner BethanyKids Kijabe where they could better access financial assistance. The diagnosis has been confirmed and surgery is advised. If not treated, Solomon is at a risk of suffering fertility issues, testicular cancer and/ or inguinal hernia. Solomon is the firstborn of three children and lives with his parents and siblings in a one-room house in Central Kenya. While Kenya has a national health insurance system, his parents have passed difficulties that have led to them to defaulting on NHIF premiums for quite some time--a situation that is common in Kenya. However, the hospital team counseled them on its importance and they promised to try and keep up with the payments. The little savings the family had were exhausted in getting treatment for Solomon’s mother who was involved in an accident sometimes back. Solomon’s father, the sole breadwinner, practices subsistence farming and at times takes up casual farming jobs to sustain his family’s needs. They are therefore appealing for help towards Solomon’s surgical care. Solomon will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on January 30th. AMHF is requesting $535 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I want to be a teacher when I grow up,” says Solomon.

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$120raised
$415to go

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