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Success! B. Kuma from Ethiopia raised $1,500 so she can pass stool properly.

B. Kuma
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Fully funded
B. Kuma's treatment was fully funded on August 22, 2016.

Photo of B. Kuma post-operation

January 27, 2017

B. Kuma underwent successful corrective surgery.

She is now in good health. B. Kuma’s parents are very happy that their daughter was able to receive treatment.

Her father says, “This opportunity is a direct gift from God. We thank God for this gift and for our sponsor, Watsi.”

She is now in good health. B. Kuma’s parents are very happy that their daughter was able to receive treatment. Her father says, “This op...

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July 27, 2016

B. Kuma, a beautiful and adorable six-month-old girl, lives about 500 kilometers from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Her parents are poor farmers and their income is not enough to feed the family well. Thus far, B. Kuma has been fed exclusively on breast milk.

B. Kuma was born with an anorectal malformation called imperforate anus, which means she has no opening where the anus usually should be. As a result, she cannot pass stool in a normal way.

Due to her condition, B. Kuma developed a bowel obstruction and had to have an emergency colostomy. A colostomy is a surgical procedure in which a piece of the colon is redirected to an alternative opening in the abdominal wall so that waste material can exit the body. However, B. Kuma has had numerous issues with the colostomy, including complications such as leakage and irritation.

Her family has suffered throughout this process. They went to a number of hospitals in search of treatment, and they are very worried about their daughter’s condition. Children born with birth defects– and indeed, their parents too– often fall victim to social stigmas and discrimination. For these reasons, B. Kuma and her parents risk social and psychological problems if she cannot be treated.

“I can’t pay for my child’s medical bill and that worries me for the past six months,” says B. Kuma’s father. “I did not know what to do. But we heard from another hospital that our child can get the treatment for free at Bethany Kids (a facility run by Watsi’s medical partner), and we came here hoping for help.”

Fortunately, we can help fund B. Kuma’s $1,500 procedure, during which doctors will surgically repair her malformation. After her surgery, B. Kuma should be able to pass stool normally, eliminating the risk of future health complications and social barriers.

B. Kuma, a beautiful and adorable six-month-old girl, lives about 500 kilometers from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Her parents are poor farmers...

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B. Kuma's Timeline

  • July 27, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 10, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    B. Kuma's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 22, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    B. Kuma's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 22, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    B. Kuma 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.

  • January 27, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    B. Kuma's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

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Loyce

Loyce is a social and loving 46-year-old wife and mother of six. She had to drop out of school in grade 12 and could not realize her dream of becoming a banker, because her parents could not afford to keep her in school. She is determined to fully educate all her children. Loyce is now a businesswoman who operates a small retail shop in a trading center. A sole proprietorship, it barely generates enough revenue to cater to the family's basic needs and pay her children's school fees. Her husband is a motorcycle taxi driver.  For the past 9 months, Loyce has been experiencing severe lower abdominal pain, backache and vaginal bleeding. She visited a hospital in the region, and treatment was recommended. Since the couple could not afford to pay for the surgery, Loyce had no option but to live with the condition. Recently, the pain has become unbearable, and she visited Nyakibale Hospital and was examined by a gynecologist. She has been diagnosed with premalignant cervical lesion, and needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Loyce's surgery. On November 8th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Loyce will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Loyce says: “I have truly experienced a lot of pain; I hate it so much, I've always had financial problems, but with your help, I believe that I'll be able to have my surgery and, with God's help, hopefully, recover.”

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