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Success! Noel from Tanzania raised $874 to fund burn surgery.

Noel
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  • $874 raised, $0 to go
$874
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Noel's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2020.

Photo of Noel post-operation

January 3, 2021

Noel underwent burn surgery.

Noel had a successful surgery that has helped release the area around his mouth, which was impacted by a burn contracture and making him not able to speak well. Through this surgery, Noel will be able to have control of his mouth where he will be able to close his mouth, speak well, and stop his risk of further deformity due to the contracture, which his family was worried would lead Noel to have low self-esteem when he is grown.

Noel’s mother says, “Thank you for your help and support in treating my son. These wouldn’t have been possible without your help. I am very grateful.”

Noel had a successful surgery that has helped release the area around his mouth, which was impacted by a burn contracture and making him not...

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October 11, 2020

Noel is a 3-year-old boy from Tanzania and the only child to his single mother. He is a happy, friendly, and cheerful boy. Noel’s mom shared that his father left them when he was young and does not offer support, leaving her struggling to raise him all by herself.

Last year, Noel fell over a pot of hot porridge which has left him with scars on his face. The skin around his face is now contracting and pulling the skin up impacting his mouth. Due to this, he can’t speak well and if this is not corrected the condition will continue to worsen.

Noel’s mother does not have a stable job; she seeks casual labor like house cleaning and washing clothes in order to get money to support herself and her baby. She is unable to afford her child’s treatment cost thus she is asking for help and support.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Noel receive treatment. On October 12th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery and he will be better able to talk properly after treatment. Now, their family needs help to fund this $874 procedure.

Noel’s mother says: “With no job, I am struggling to even feed my son well. I won’t be able to afford his surgery cost, please help us.”

Noel is a 3-year-old boy from Tanzania and the only child to his single mother. He is a happy, friendly, and cheerful boy. Noel's mom shared...

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Noel's Timeline

  • October 11, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Noel was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • October 12, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Noel received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) in Tanzania. 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.

  • October 12, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Noel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 31, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Noel's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 3, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Noel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 25 donors

Funded by 25 donors

Treatment
Contracture Release and Skin Graft
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $874 for Noel's treatment
Hospital Fees
$660
Medical Staff
$20
Medication
$11
Supplies
$127
Labs
$14
Other
$42

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Samuel

Samuel is a 21-year-old talkative young man. He is the second born in a family of five children. His father passed away when he was four years old, so his mother had to raise him and his siblings by herself. She does jobs on tea farms to provide for the family. When Samuel was two years old, his abdomen started to swell, which was very painful for him. His mother took him to the hospital and he was given some medication and sent back home. The medication did not work as expected. He was then taken to a different hospital for examination. He was given more medication and after some time he seemed to be better. The stomachache did not go away completely, however. Samuel and his mother shared that over the years, he has had stomachaches and gotten used to taking pain medication. In 2017 when Samuel was in high school, the pain worsened and his abdomen started to swell again. He had to leave school as a result. His mother took him to a hospital in Meru where he was admitted for three months. While in the hospital, scans and a biopsy were done to determine what the problem was. He was given a colostomy, where the end of the colon is brought through an opening in the abdominal wall, in order to pass stool. This surgery is often performed to bypass bowel malformations, but colostomies are usually temporary and may call for closure. In Samuel's case, his colostomy requires closure in order to restore bowel function and prevent future complications. At that time, his doctors did not manage to treat him and referred him to BethanyKids Hospital in 2018. On arrival, he was examined and admitted, as he was not in good condition. After more scans and tests, he was ultimately diagnosed with Hirschsprung’s disease. Since then, Samuel has undergone several surgeries with the aim of trying to better his condition. The first surgery failed, but the second was successful. He is now scheduled to undergo his last surgery to close the colostomy so that he can pass stool on his own again and live a more active life. Earlier in his treatment, Samuel's parents had enrolled in the national health insurance program (NHIF), which helped them pay for most of his hospital bills. BethanyKids also chipped in on occasion to help with some of the bills. Unfortunately, for his last surgery, NHIF has rejected the request since he is beyond the age to be covered by his mother’s insurance. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping him to undergo treatment and needs $1,084 to cover the cost of a colostomy closure for Samuel. The surgery is scheduled to take place on November 11th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Samuel’s Mother says, “For years now, I have been very worried about my son, but God has seen us through.”

74% funded

74%funded
$812raised
$271to go

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