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Mary is young girl from Kenya who needs $619 to fund colostomy closure surgery.

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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 Foundation, 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
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Mary's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare Foundation.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Mary is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 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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Shadrack

Shadrack is a three year old boy from Tanzania and the second-born child in a family of three children. He is a friendly and playful boy who is happy and smiling most of the time. Shadrack was born with deformed legs, the right leg had been affected at the foot missing all the toes and is bent inward while the left was missing the lower part from below his knee. This condition has made it difficult and painful for Shadrack to walk, he mostly moves using his knees which has caused him to have wounds most of the time. Shadrack received surgery in November 2019 so he will be able to use prosthetics on the amputated leg to walk. He now needs treatment for his right leg and club foot. This treatment will enable Shadrack to walk better using both his legs and he will not be subjected to stigma as he is growing up. Shadrack’s mother heard about our Watsi partner from an outreach team that visited their village and Shadrack’s mother brought him for help. Shadrack’s mother is a small scale farmer who strives to provide for Shadrack and his siblings on her own since her husband abandoned her after the birth of their last born. She is not able to afford Shadrack’s surgery, she needs help. Fortunately, Shadrack traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on January 3rd. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Shadrack's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk more easily. Shadrack’s mother says, “Please help my son so that he is able to walk without difficulty.”

51% funded

51%funded
$458raised
$432to go

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