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

Billkiss
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$1,097
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Fully funded
Billkiss's treatment was fully funded on May 1, 2018.

Photo of Billkiss post-operation

May 9, 2018

Billkiss underwent spinal surgery.

Surgery successfully repaired her spine. This has greatly minimized her risk of acquiring infections in the exposed nerves and tissues or developing tethered cord syndrome or paralysis in her lower limbs.

“People in a situation like we were in are blessed to have you to help out in their time of great need. Thank you and stay blessed,” says her mother.

Surgery successfully repaired her spine. This has greatly minimized her risk of acquiring infections in the exposed nerves and tissues or de...

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March 11, 2018

Billkiss is a baby from Kenya. She is the youngest in a family of two. Her mother is a single mother.

Billkiss was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Billkiss is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,097 to cover the cost of Billkiss’s spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 14. This procedure will hopefully spare Billkiss from the risks associated with her condition, instead allowing her to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory.

Billkiss’s mother says, “My hope is to see my child treated and lead a normal life.”

Billkiss is a baby from Kenya. She is the youngest in a family of two. Her mother is a single mother. Billkiss was born with spina bifid...

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Billkiss's Timeline

  • March 11, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 12, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Billkiss's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 15, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Billkiss 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.

  • May 01, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Billkiss's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 09, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Billkiss's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 28 donors

Funded by 28 donors

Treatment
Spina Bifida Closure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,097 for Billkiss'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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Hla

Hla is a 41-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her family in a village in Kawkareik Township of Karen State in Burma. One year ago, Hla felt a painless growth when she touched her lower abdomen. That same day, she went to see a traditional birth attendant (TBA) about this. The TBA told her that she has a gastric problem. The next day, Hla went to see a traditional healer and received blessed water in the hopes it would make the growth disappear. Although she drank the blessed water for around two months, the growth remained. As she did not think that the growth would make her seriously ill, she did not go to a clinic. In January 2020, Hla felt like the growth was increasing in size. She decided to visit Kawkareik Private Clinic where the doctor performed an ultrasound. She was told that she has a mass in her uterus. The doctor provided her with painkillers and was told to only take it when she is in pain. Currently, Hla suffers from back pain and the mass increases in size day by day. Doctors want Hla to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Hla's CT scan and care, scheduled for February 14th. Hla said, “I feel very stressed that I don’t have money to seek treatment. I hope that I will get better once I receive proper treatment.”

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