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Success! Dickens from Kenya raised $1,165 to fund orthopedic surgery.

Dickens
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  • $1,165 raised, $0 to go
$1,165
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Dickens's treatment was fully funded on December 20, 2018.

Photo of Dickens post-operation

December 4, 2018

Dickens underwent orthopedic surgery.

Surgery was successful. He’ll be able to play football and continue with his studies.

“When I grow up, I want to be an electrical engineer,” he says.

Surgery was successful. He’ll be able to play football and continue with his studies. “When I grow up, I want to be an electrical enginee...

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October 31, 2018

Dickens is a teenager from Kenya. He is in seventh grade and is a very strong student. He wants to be an engineer when he grows up. He also enjoys dancing and playing soccer.

Dickens was born with genu varus, or bow-leggedness. He cannot walk properly and cannot run. He is scheduled to undergo a surgery that will realign his bones so that he will be able to walk normally.

Surgery is scheduled for November 22 and will cost $1,165.

He says, “My desire is to walk without any difficulty, that’s why we are seeking for support to undergo for surgery.”

Dickens is a teenager from Kenya. He is in seventh grade and is a very strong student. He wants to be an engineer when he grows up. He also ...

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Dickens's Timeline

  • October 31, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 6, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Dickens's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 22, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Dickens received treatment at AIC Cure International Hospital in Kenya. 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.

  • December 4, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Dickens's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 20, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Dickens's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
Angular Deformity Correction
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,165 for Dickens's treatment
Hospital Fees
$242
Medical Staff
$313
Medication
$179
Supplies
$347
Labs
$37
Radiology
$47

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Shedrack

Shedrack is a 17-year-old teenager and the fourth born child in a family of seven. He had to drop out of school last year, but hopes to learn masonry at a local technical school so that he can work and make a living for himself. He is currently helping in looking after his family's cattle. His parents are small scale farmers, and his father also works as a night guard. His father shared that he can't yet afford to send Shedrack to the technical school. Shedrack was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus. His legs bow inward at the knees. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he has had difficulty walking for four years now. His father says the problem started with a slight curve but over the years the curve has increased in size. Shedrack's aunt learned about Plaster House - a special site that provides a home to patients undergoing treatment at our medical partner's care center in Arusha, Tanzania. She informed Shedrack's father who brought him there seeking treatment. Unable to raise the funds needed for surgery, their family is asking for support. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Shedrack. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 6th. Treatment will hopefully restore Shedrack's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Shedrack says, “My legs hurt at the knees and carrying out daily life activities is now a big challenge.”

31% funded

31%funded
$275raised
$605to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Bo

Bo is an eighth grader who lives in the school dormitory during the school year. During his free time, he likes to play the guitar, cook, and garden. He recently had his arm is amputated to help treat his bone cancer condition, so he is no longer able to play guitar anymore. His parents and his siblings live on the Thai-Burma border. His brother and his mother are day labourers while his father is retired. In May 2021, Bo began to experience pain in the top of his left forearm, close to his shoulder. In June 2021, the top of his left forearm began to swell until it spread towards his shoulder. The swelling grew very large, encompassing his left shoulder and upper forearm. Bo was in a lot of pain and could not use his left arm. Doctors diagnosed him with bone cancer and amputated his left arm to help stop his cancer from spreading further. He has also undergone chemo treatment after his amputation and now his doctor wants to do an MRI to assess his prognosis and plan for any further treatment that may be needed to protect his health. An MRI is an imaging procedure that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of bodily organs. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $814 to cover the cost of Bo's MRI and care, scheduled for March 11th. Bo said, "Since I finished my surgery and finished chemo injection, I am able to continue my studies without any pain. I hope that I will be able to continue my studies until I gradate from school."

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$369to go