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Success! Rikinoi from Kenya raised $1,097 to fund spinal surgery.

Rikinoi
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  • $1,097 raised, $0 to go
$1,097
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Rikinoi's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Rikinoi post-operation

July 11, 2017

Rikinoi underwent spinal surgery.

Rikinoi’s surgery to close her spinal opening was successful. It has highly minimized the risk of infection and development of a tethered cord that could cause malformation of the spine.

“On behalf of our family, we thank you for your compassion, efficiency, and consideration of my daughter’s well-being. All the credit belongs to you people,” says Rikinoi’s mother.

Rikinoi’s surgery to close her spinal opening was successful. It has highly minimized the risk of infection and development of a tethered co...

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April 5, 2017

Rikinoi is a four-month-old baby girl from Kenya. She comes from a large family, being the youngest of five children. Her father sells livestock to support his family.

Minutes after being born, Rikinoi’s mother noticed that her newborn child had a large mass on her lower back. Rikinoi was taken to our medical partner’s care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH). There, she was diagnosed with spina bifida, a condition in which there is an incomplete formation of the spine.

On April 6, Rikinoi will undergo surgery at BKKH to close the gap in her spine. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $1,097 to cover the cost of Rikinoi’s hospital, lab, and medication fees.

“I want my child to be well,” says Rikinoi’s mother. “I appreciate the donors’ help.”

Rikinoi is a four-month-old baby girl from Kenya. She comes from a large family, being the youngest of five children. Her father sells lives...

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Rikinoi's Timeline

  • April 5, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 07, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Rikinoi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 10, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Rikinoi received 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.

  • July 11, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Rikinoi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Rikinoi's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Spina Bifida Closure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,097 for Rikinoi's treatment
Hospital Fees
$889
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$82
Supplies
$0
Labs
$126
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

The patient has a mass or lesion on the back that leaks cerebral spinal fluid, which puts him or her at risk of infection.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Spina bifida can cause incontinence, bladder and kidney damage, and paralysis and numbness in the lower limbs, bladder, and sphincter. It can also lead to hydrocephalus as a result of disturbance to the fluid in the brain. Hydrocephalus can lead to cognitive dysfunction, blindness, and death.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Spina bifida is more common in developing countries due to improper and inadequate nutrition. Foods containing folic acid are scarce, and food is not fortified. In Kenya, however, the Ministry of Health has recently started a program to give expectant mothers folic acid for free at government facilities.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

After surgery, the patient's hospital stay ranges from two days to three weeks. The length of stay depends on the healing rate of the wound and will be extended if the patient also undergoes a shunt insertion to treat hydrocephalus. However, shunt insertions are usually performed about one month after this surgery. The patient is continually monitored. If the wound heals and the patient is in a neurologically stable condition, the surgery is considered successful.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Surgery performed within the first days of a child’s life prevents infection and saves the spine and brain from further damage. Early surgery also minimizes the risk of paralysis. Later treatment may save the child's life and prevent further damage.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This surgery is moderately risky, and complications depend on the severity of the case.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

There are few quality care centers in the region. Hospitals lack adequate resources and expertise to treat this condition. With about one neurosurgeon per 10,000,000 people in East Africa, initial treatment for spina bifida is often unavailable.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Surgery is the primary option for most types of spina bifida.

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