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Success! Kanakate from Ethiopia raised $1,500 for multiple surgeries to correct her anorectal malformation.

Kanakate
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Fully funded
Kanakate's treatment was fully funded on April 2, 2016.

Photo of Kanakate post-operation

June 21, 2016

Kanakate received successful surgery to correct her anorectal malformation.

Kanakate underwent a successful PSARP (pull-through) procedure on 21st April, 2016 and then underwent a few months of dilations. She finally underwent colostomy closure on the 7th of June and she can now pass stool on her own. she is no longer at risk of infection due to the colostomy.

Kanakate is now recovering well from her surgery. Her parents are very grateful and happy for this final procedure she received, and for the free service they got under the sponsorship program.

“We are so thankful for this final surgery our child got,” Kanakate’s father said. “If we were to carry this problem by ourselves this child would have never gotten the surgery. But because you shared our problem my daughter is now free from her previous condition. All I can say is thank you and God bless.”

Kanakate underwent a successful PSARP (pull-through) procedure on 21st April, 2016 and then underwent a few months of dilations. She finally...

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March 21, 2016

At 19 months old, Kanakate is an active little girl who loves talking, running, and taking walks with her parents near their home in Ethiopia.

“Kanakate was born with a birth defect called anorectal malformation,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us. “Children with this defect have an imperforate anus, or they have no opening where the anus should have been. As a result, Kanakate cannot pass stool in the normal way.”

Treatment for an anorectal malformation typically involves three surgical procedures. In the first procedure—a colostomy—doctors pull an end of the colon through a cut in the abdominal wall and suture it in place to create an opening for passing stool. This is followed by an anorectoplasty to create an anal opening and then, two or three months later, a colostomy closure.

Kanakate underwent an emergency colostomy after she developed a bowel obstruction. Currently, “Kanakate has multiple issues with her colostomy care and associated complications from the colostomy,” explains AMHF. Because of these issues, the next steps in her care—anorectoplasty and colostomy closure—are more urgent.

Kanakate’s parents, who work as farmers, have been unable to afford the care that she needs. “We have no money to cover our child’s hospital bill. And that is really worrying us,” shares her father. In addition, the social stigma associated with Kanakate’s condition has been challenging for the family.

$1,500 covers the costs of the final two surgical procedures and inpatient care, including labs, imaging, pain medicine, and antibiotics. After surgery, “Kanakate will be able to pass stool in a normal way,” says AMHF.

“We hope that our daughter will get treatment and be well after all these months of waiting for treatment,” says Kanakate’s father.

At 19 months old, Kanakate is an active little girl who loves talking, running, and taking walks with her parents near their home in Ethiopi...

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Kanakate's Timeline

  • March 21, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kanakate was submitted by Beatrice Njoroge, Curative Medical Support Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • April 1, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kanakate's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 2, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kanakate's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 7, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kanakate received treatment at BethanyKids Myungsung Christian Medical Centre (BKMCM) in Ethiopia. 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.

  • June 21, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kanakate's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 34 donors

Funded by 34 donors

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