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

Joy
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Joy's treatment was fully funded on December 24, 2020.

Photo of Joy post-operation

July 8, 2020

Joy underwent spinal surgery.

Joy’s surgery was successful! She shared that she had a good time in the ward under close monitoring of the nurses. The surgery will be of great impact to her as she will be relieved of the pain she has been experiencing. She will also be able to continue with her studies uninterrupted.

“There are no words to describe how thankful I am. May you be blessed and continue helping patients in need,” shared Joy’s mother Samuel.

Joy's surgery was successful! She shared that she had a good time in the ward under close monitoring of the nurses. The surgery will be of g...

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May 18, 2020

12-year-old Joy Nyagathu is in the hospital. Joy came accompanied by her father. She is a polite girl and likes playing with other friends at school. She shared that reading storybooks is her favorite hobby. Joy is the oldest in a family of 3 children and a seventh grader at Ol Donyo Sabuk Academy. Her family hails from Mountain View, near Thika Town in Kiambu County, Kenya.

Joy was born with clubfoot which was corrected when she was an infant. She has lived well until last year when the parents noticed an unusual curve on her back developing. Her father heard about Watsi’s Medical Partner Care Center CURE Hospital and came for a consultation. Joy was diagnosed with congenital scoliosis and was scheduled to undergo an instrumented spine fusion surgery.

Currently, Joy experiences a lot of pain and discomfort while at school. She sometimes needs to skip her studies as a result of pain. Surgery will be of great help to her as she will be able to continue with her studies and her life without any difficulty.

Joy’s father is a businessman as a greengrocer, while her mother is a housewife. The surgery is expensive for their family and they cannot raise the amount needed. “I would like to be assisted because I am not able to raise the funds on my own. My desire is to see my daughter walking and pursuing her studies like other girls without any hardship. God bless Watsi for what they are doing,” Joy’s father expressed with gratitude.

12-year-old Joy Nyagathu is in the hospital. Joy came accompanied by her father. She is a polite girl and likes playing with other friends a...

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Joy's Timeline

  • May 18, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 19, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Joy 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.

  • May 20, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Joy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 08, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Joy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 24, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Joy's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 37 donors

Treatment
Anterior/Posterior Spine Fusion
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $3,304 for Joy'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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Khaing

Khaing is a 27-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her husband and a three-year-old son in a village in Tak Province. Originally from Karen State, Burma, they moved to their current home three years ago in search of better job opportunities. Her husband is a day laborer and she is homemaker. Ten years ago, Khaing started feeling like her nose was blocked and that she could not breathe well. She also had a runny nose and saw a small mass in her nostril while looking at her reflection in the mirror. At the time, Khaing did not go to see a doctor because she could not afford to pay for treatment, and she thought that she would feel better over time. However, four years ago she noticed that the mass had grown. Khaing went to her local hospital in Burma, where the doctor confirmed she had a mass in her nostril and gave her medication for a week. She did not go back to her follow-up appointment as she had run out of money. She then tried to treat herself with traditional medicine unsuccessfully as the mass continued to increase in size. In the beginning of May 2020, Khaing developed a severe headache and pain in her nose. The area around her nose also became swollen. She went to Mae Tao Clinic for treatment, where the medic found large masses in both of her nasal cavities. She was then taken to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further investigation. At MSH, she received an x-ray of her nose and the doctor told her that the masses were large and surrounded by a lot of pus. After a CT scan, the doctor diagnosed her with a nasal polyp and scheduled her for surgery on December 28th, 2020. Currently, the area around her nose is swollen and painful. Her nostrils feel itchy, her nose is blocked, and has to breathe through her mouth. She still has a headache, though since she received pain medication from the doctor at MSH, this has been less severe. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On December 28th, Khaing will undergo an endoscopic sinus surgery. Once recovered, she will be able to breathe normally again and her quality of life will significantly improve. Now, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Khaing shared, "I really want to have surgery and feel better. I am not scared because I believe that the surgery will help me free from headache and breathe well again."

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