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Success! Vumilia from Tanzania raised $1,035 to fund an amputation.

Vumilia
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  • $1,035 raised, $0 to go
$1,035
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Vumilia's treatment was fully funded on June 21, 2018.

Photo of Vumilia post-operation

May 2, 2018

Vumilia underwent an amputation.

Vumilia’s surgery went well. She will no longer experience back pain due to the imbalance of her legs. She will soon have a prosthetic leg.

Vumilia says “I was scared when I was told that my leg needed to be amputated so that I can be able to walk without pain in my back. I agreed and I am glad that I now feel better and my back does not hurt as it used to. Thank you for helping me.”

Vumilia’s surgery went well. She will no longer experience back pain due to the imbalance of her legs. She will soon have a prosthetic leg. ...

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April 12, 2018

Vumilia is a 12-year-old girl from Tanzania. She loves school and especially enjoys studying Swahili. She is the youngest in a family of three children. Her mother is a subsistence farmer, and her father works for a mining company.

Vumilia was born with a longitudinal deficiency of the tibia, so her right leg is bent below the knee and is shorter than the left leg. This makes walking difficult. Over time, she will develop back problems due to poor balance.

Fortunately, Vumilia visited our medical partner’s care center. There, she will undergo an amputation on April 13. This surgery and prosthesis will allow her to be able to walk without problems, and she will not be at risk of developing back problems. Her family needs help raising $1,035 to fund the procedure.

Vumilia says, “I hope that this treatment will allow me to be able to walk without difficulty and be able to continue with school. Thank you so much for helping me.”

Vumilia is a 12-year-old girl from Tanzania. She loves school and especially enjoys studying Swahili. She is the youngest in a family of thr...

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Vumilia's Timeline

  • April 12, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Vumilia was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • April 13, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vumilia 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.

  • April 13, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vumilia's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 2, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vumilia's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 21, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vumilia's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 28 donors

Funded by 28 donors

Treatment
Amputation
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,035 for Vumilia's treatment
Hospital Fees
$849
Medical Staff
$25
Medication
$11
Supplies
$98
Labs
$52

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81%funded
$1,226raised
$274to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Phyu

Phyu is a 17-year-old who lives with her parents, husband, and two brothers on the Thai-Burma border. Her father and husband work as day labourers, while her mother looks after her two younger brothers. Phyu used to help on small jobs too, but stopped six months ago when she first felt unwell. Beginning last October, Phyu felt tired, experienced chest tightness, and oedema in both her legs. A few days later, she went to a clinic and was told that she has a problem with her heart. She received medication and a follow-up appointment for the following week. Although she took the medication regularly, she did not feel any better. When she went back to the clinic, it was closed due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in their area. While she waited for the clinic to reopen, the swelling in her legs worsened and she also had difficulty breathing. Eventually, her employer drove her to Phop Phra Hospital, where she was admitted and given oxygen. The doctor at the hospital referred her to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) the next day where she received a number of diagnostic tests. The doctor told her that she has a heart condition and diagnosed her with aortic valve regurgitation. The medical team shared that she needed to undergo surgery and told her to travel to Chiang Mai where they can provide the care she needs. Worried about how her family would afford the surgery, once Phyu arrived at the clinic, a medic referred her to our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund for assistance accessing the treatment she needs. Currently, Phyu feels tired if she walks far or when she has to do anything strenuous such as carrying water or cleaning her house. If she sleeps on her back, she has difficulty breathing. Although she still has oedema in her legs, the swelling has gone down since she started taking medication from MSH. “When I recover from surgery, I want to work to help increase my family’s income so that we can pay back our debt. I also want to support my brother who is attending a teacher training college in Burma. He is a second-year student now," said Phyu with new hope for her future.

81% funded

81%funded
$1,226raised
$274to go