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Success! Mary from Kenya raised $619 to fund colostomy closure surgery.

Mary
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  • $619 raised, $0 to go
$619
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Mary's treatment was fully funded on June 10, 2020.

Photo of Mary post-operation

January 16, 2020

Mary underwent colostomy closure surgery.

Mary had successful surgery to close the colostomy. She is on fluids and can now pass stool with ease. She will have a better quality of life ahead.

“My daughter’s smile tells it all. She is very happy that she can once again pass stool normally,” says Mary’s mother.

Mary had successful surgery to close the colostomy. She is on fluids and can now pass stool with ease. She will have a better quality of lif...

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December 2, 2019

Mary is a bright eight-year-old girl in nursery school in Kenya. She was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth, a condition where the spine doesn’t fully form and leaves an opening. She had surgery early and later a shunt insertion from hydrocephalus. Children born with spina bifida are prone to decubitus and wounds resulting from too much pressure, unfortunately Mary has not been an exception. She had been doing fine until she joined school this year. As a result of sitting on the same spot for long hours, Mary developed pressure ulcers in her gluteal region and this prompted the doctors to create a colostomy to aid in passing stool. It’s been close to four months now, and the created opening has healed up. A colostomy closure is now needed. If not closed, Mary is at risk of acquiring infections at the colostomy site and scarring due to occasional leakages.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $619 to cover the cost of a colostomy closure for Mary. The surgery is scheduled and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently.

“I hope she will not go through what she has been again. The pressure ulcers were quite painful,” says Mary’s mother.

Mary is a bright eight-year-old girl in nursery school in Kenya. She was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth, a condition where the spine d...

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Mary's Timeline

  • December 2, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Mary was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • December 02, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mary's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 03, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mary 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.

  • January 16, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mary's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 10, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mary's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
Colostomy Closure
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $619 for Mary's treatment
Hospital Fees
$601
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$18
Supplies
$0

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Philomena

Philomena was diagnosed with ARM at birth. With this condition, the little one was found to lack an anal opening and instead was passing stool through her vagina. A few hours after birth, Philomena, one in a set of twins, was noted to have a distended abdomen. The doctor quickly checked on the baby and discovered she lacked an anal opening. To keep Philomena from getting a fistula, the doctors put in a colostomy at three days. Philomena’s parents paid for this through some family savings they had. When they left for home, Philomena’s twin sister developed a persistent cough which was later found to be a hole in the heart. "I have never felt this drained ever in my life. Since I gave birth I am always in hospitals with either one of my two babies,” says Philomena’s mother. Due to lack of finances, Philomena’s parents shared their plight with their church members and one of them advised that they visit Watsi Partner Care Center BethanyKids Hospital. At BethanyKids a surgery to create an anal opening has been recommended. If not treated, Philomena will not lead a normal life and will be forced to use a colostomy for life. The surgery is a cost Philomena’s parents cannot bear. Philomena’s father is a carpenter while her mother closed her grocery store to tend to the children. Together they have five children with three currently in school. With very limited income and having exhausted their savings, Philomena’s parents are not able to raise the funds needed. They had defaulted on paying the national health insurance premiums as they could not keep up, but they’ve been advised to try to maintain this coverage in the future given their family's health needs. “Please help us. It is quite a stressful time for us but we believe we will come from it as victors,” says Philomena’s mother.

61% funded

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$438raised
$270to go

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