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Angel from Kenya raised $805 for a spina bifida closure.

Angel
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Angel's treatment was fully funded on August 30, 2015.

Photo of Angel post-operation

September 22, 2015

Angel received treatment for her spina bifida.

“Angel’s spina bifida closure was successful,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation reports. “Her treatment has reduced the chance of her developing infections and the likelihood of having a rounded or hunched back due to spinal curvature. Angel is recovering well from the surgery and her mother is very happy to see her doing well.”

“Your help has been amazing,” says Angel’s mother. “Receive my sincerest gratitude for your kindness and support.”

"Angel’s spina bifida closure was successful," our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation reports. "Her treatment has reduce...

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August 13, 2015

“I really am saddened by Angel’s condition. My greatest prayer is that she gets treated soon,” says the mother of Angel, a three-month-old baby girl who lives with her parents and two older siblings in Kenya.

Angel was born with spina bifida, a condition characterized by the incomplete closure of the backbone and membranes around the spinal cord.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us, “Angel has a mass swelling on her lower back. She is at risk of developing tethered cord syndrome that can lead to either scoliosis and or kyphosis and getting severe infections on the exposed nerves. She may possibly lose muscle function in the lower limbs if not treated.”

Angel’s parents are laborers who some days cannot find work. The money that they do earn is not enough to pay for rent, food, and school fees for the older children. Given their financial situation, they cannot afford medical care for Angel.

With $805 in funding, Angel can undergo a surgical procedure known as spina bifida closure. Doctors place the spinal cord and nerves back inside the backbone and cover them with membranes before closing the opening on Angel’s back. Funding for Angel’s treatment also includes a five-day hospital stay and three days of physical therapy.

“Angel’s treatment will reduce the risk of infections, development of tethered cord, and loss of muscle function in her legs,” says AMHF.

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"I really am saddened by Angel’s condition. My greatest prayer is that she gets treated soon,” says the mother of Angel, a three-month-old b...

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Angel's Timeline

  • August 13, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 14, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Angel received treatment. 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.

  • August 22, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Angel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 30, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Angel's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 22, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Angel. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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U Chit

U Chit is a 55-year-old man from Myawaddy Township, Karen State, Burma. He divorced his wife seven years ago and has two daughters and three sons. His youngest daughter lives with his ex-wife in Yangon and their other children live in Myawaddy Township. In March 2019, he entered into monkhood. Now, he receives alms from laypeople and from his children. In February 2019, U Chit began to experience back pain and a burning sensation when urinating. To treat his symptoms, he bought medication from a nearby pharmacy. However, after taking the medicine, he did not feel any better. He later went to a local clinic where he received more medication for his symptoms. They suggested that he go to Myawadday Hospital to receive an ultrasound scan. However, he did not go to the hospital because he did not think he would be able to pay for the cost of the scan. Instead, he continued taking the medicine that the doctor had prescribed. Unfortunately, his pain when urinating did not get better. Finally, U Chit decided to visit Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), where he got his hernia treated four years ago, to seek treatment. U Chit arrived at MTC on April 24th, 2019, where an ultrasound scan revealed that he had a bladder stone. The next day, he was sent to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) where he received an injection and oral medication. On May 16th, 2019, he received an Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP) test for further investigation. After the IVP test, the doctor told him that he requires surgery and is scheduled for 20th November 2019. Currently, U Chit experiences back pain and he continues to feel a burning sensation when urinating. Aside from his concerns about his condition, he is worried about financial problems because he is a monk and does not have a regular income. U Chit likes reading Buddhist texts and newspapers in his free time. He said, “I want to cure my condition as soon as possible and I would like to focus on religious activities. After I am cured, I also would like to help find treatment for my daughter who has suffered from a stroke.”

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$1,065raised
$435to go

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