Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

Success! Tsehay from Ethiopia raised $1,500 to treat her anorectal malformation.

Tsehay
100%
  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Tsehay's treatment was fully funded on April 11, 2016.

Photo of Tsehay post-operation

January 24, 2017

Tsehay underwent successful surgery.

Tsehay is now in very good health. She is walking and playing, and she no longer experiences uncomfortable symptoms.

Her mother says, “This sponsorship program is the most valuable gift my baby and I ever got. And it brings a big change in my baby’s life. I’d like to thank our sponsors and all who worked to make this possible.”

Tsehay is now in very good health. She is walking and playing, and she no longer experiences uncomfortable symptoms. Her mother says, “T...

Read more
April 5, 2016

Five-month-old Tsehay lives in rural Ethiopia with her parents. She was born with a birth defect called an anorectal malformation. She developed bowel obstruction because of the condition and an emergency colostomy surgery was performed.

While a colostomy works temporarily, it will not permanently treat Tsehay’s condition. She needs an anorectoplasty, followed by a colostomy closure 2-3 months later, to pass stool on her own. If left untreated, the colostomy could cause infection, irritation, and blockage. Tsehay would also never be able to pass stool on her own.

“We expect that after anorectoplasty followed by a colostomy closure in a few months Tsehay will be able to pass stool on her own,” her doctor shares. “She will no longer be at risk of infection and other colostomy related complications.”

“Tsehay’s parents are farmers and she is the third child in the family,” explains our medical partner. “Tsehay’s father has low financial status to manage the household, and as a result the family is struggling. For this reason they can’t pay for their child’s medical bill and this worries them very much.”

$1,500 will cover the cost of Tsehay’s treatment, which will take place over the next few months.

“We haven’t money to cover our child’s bill,” her mother said. “My husband has three wives and it is even difficult to manage the household daily needs. And that worried us so much. When we heard about this sponsorship program (Watsi funding) we came. Now we hope Tsehay will get treatment and get better.”

Five-month-old Tsehay lives in rural Ethiopia with her parents. She was born with a birth defect called an anorectal malformation. She devel...

Read more

Tsehay's Timeline

  • April 5, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 08, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tsehay's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 11, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tsehay's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 27, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tsehay received treatment at BethanyKids Myungsung Christian Medical Centre (BKMCM). 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 24, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tsehay's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Solomon

Solomon is a young boy from Kenya who four months ago was diagnosed with a right undescended testis. This is a condition where testis are not in a scrotal sac as expected in a baby boy soon after birth. Solomon arrived at the hospital today in the company of his mother and grandmother. His mother walks in with a limp and a crutch for support. Solomon is quick to grab a seat for his mother, something that depicts how respectful he is. While giving him a bath recently, Solomon’s mother noticed a slight swell on his groin which was painful. Solomon confessed that it had been there for some time but really never bothered him. Solomon’s mother took him to the nearest hospital where he was diagnosed and surgery recommended. Solomon was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. The cost of surgery was however way too high for them to cover. Recently, a friend advised that they visit Watsi Partner BethanyKids Kijabe where they could better access financial assistance. The diagnosis has been confirmed and surgery is advised. If not treated, Solomon is at a risk of suffering fertility issues, testicular cancer and/ or inguinal hernia. Solomon is the firstborn of three children and lives with his parents and siblings in a one-room house in Central Kenya. While Kenya has a national health insurance system, his parents have passed difficulties that have led to them to defaulting on NHIF premiums for quite some time--a situation that is common in Kenya. However, the hospital team counseled them on its importance and they promised to try and keep up with the payments. The little savings the family had were exhausted in getting treatment for Solomon’s mother who was involved in an accident sometimes back. Solomon’s father, the sole breadwinner, practices subsistence farming and at times takes up casual farming jobs to sustain his family’s needs. They are therefore appealing for help towards Solomon’s surgical care. Solomon will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on January 30th. AMHF is requesting $535 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I want to be a teacher when I grow up,” says Solomon.

76% funded

76%funded
$410raised
$125to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.