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Dora from Ghana raised $1,500 to correct the curvature of her back.

Dora
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Fully funded
Dora's treatment was fully funded on May 1, 2015.

Photo of Dora post-operation

November 3, 2015

Dora received surgery to correct the curvature of her spine.

“Dora has done well after surgery. She is back at school and has grown nearly two inches in height,” our medical partner, Ortho FOCOS, shares. “She is no longer in pain and has maintained an active lifestyle.”

“I remember tears ran over my cheeks when surgery was recommended after Dora’s assessment,” shares Dora’s mother. “The amount involved was huge. I did not know where and how I was going to raise this funds but thanks to Watsi and the Ortho FOCOS team, Dora has undergone a successful surgery.”

"Dora has done well after surgery. She is back at school and has grown nearly two inches in height," our medical partner, Ortho FOCOS, share...

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February 24, 2015

“A surgery will bring her back to life and will open so many doors for this young child,” says Dora’s schoolteacher.

14-year-old Dora is a stellar young woman and student from Ghana. “Dora loves to play sports and is passionate about becoming a doctor or nurse,” says our medical partner, Ortho FOCOS. “She is a brilliant student and is always amongst the top of her class.”

For several years, Dora has lived with scoliosis- a sideways curvature of the spine that leads to pain and difficulty with walking. Dora is often teased by her peers when she cannot participate in activities such as sports. The FOCOS Patient A Fund has contributed $16,500 for Dora’s surgery, which will correct her spine and eliminate all symptoms. However, an additional $1500 is needed to cover the full cost.

Dora’s family is not in the position to pay the additional funds. “Her father sells secondhand clothes and her mother is a petty trader,” says Ortho FOCOS. “The whole family lives in a single room in a suburb of Ghana.”

Dora’s teacher introduced her to our medical partner, and now there is hope for her full recovery. Let’s help make it possible!

"A surgery will bring her back to life and will open so many doors for this young child," says Dora's schoolteacher. 14-year-old Dora is ...

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Dora's Timeline

  • February 24, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Dora was submitted by Meghan Wood at Ortho FOCOS.

  • March 1, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Dora 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.

  • April 22, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Dora's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 1, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Dora's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 3, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Dora. Read the update.

Funded by 21 donors

Funded by 21 donors

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Grace is a two-month-old baby and the second born in a family of two children. Their family lives in a small rented house in Kenya's capital, Nairobi. Her father is the bread winner of the family but he is not employed formally. He does casual electrical jobs and work is hard to come by. Her mother used to sell clothes before she was expecting her baby. Their family does not have national health insurance coverage and cannot raise the required funds for their daughter’s surgery. Grace has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. Grace was born pre-maturely at Kijabe Hospital and was admitted in the nursery for close monitoring and extra care. After spending two weeks in nursery, she was diagnosed with hydrocephalus. At the time, there was not a neuro surgeon locally who could help and she was not stable enough to be referred to another facility. She has been doing well now, and a shunt surgery is scheduled to happen tomorrow as an urgent surgery to help treat her condition. Without treatment, Grace will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $720 to cover the cost of surgery for Grace that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 12th and will drain the excess fluid from Grace's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Grace will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Grace’s mother says, “At first I was shocked when I heard about the condition and found it hard for us, but we believe all will be well.”

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Myo

Myo is 40-years-old and lives with his two sisters, two nephews, and two nieces in a village in Burma. He was a fisherman but stopped working when he started to experience problems on his left foot. As a result, his sisters support their household. One year ago, Myo noticed that his left big toe was itchy and swollen after he came home from fishing. Soon enough, it developed into an ulcer. Without enough money to go to a clinic or a hospital, he used traditional medicine and bought pain medicine to clean the infection. However, each time Myo would clean the ulcer, it would heal but returning a month later. Four months after he first developed the ulcer, the recurrent ulcer worsened until he could no longer walk without support from his sister. Eventually, he saved enough funds to visit a health clinic. When the ulcer still did not heal, he went to a second clinic and was referred to our medical partner's care center, Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital (MCLH). At MCLH, the doctor tried to first clean and treat the infection. When that did not work, the doctor told him that they would have to amputate his left big toe and referred Myo to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) for assistance accessing treatment. On January 13th, Myo will undergo treatment to amputate his left big toe so that his infection can finally be treated and not spread to other parts of his body. For the treatment, BCMF is requesting $1,500 to help cover the costs. Hopefully, he will be able to return to fishing and other activities he previously enjoyed soon. Myo is hopeful that things will be better after surgery and shared, "When I recover, I will find work and support my sisters’ families.”

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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Grace

Grace is a two-month-old baby and the second born in a family of two children. Their family lives in a small rented house in Kenya's capital, Nairobi. Her father is the bread winner of the family but he is not employed formally. He does casual electrical jobs and work is hard to come by. Her mother used to sell clothes before she was expecting her baby. Their family does not have national health insurance coverage and cannot raise the required funds for their daughter’s surgery. Grace has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. Grace was born pre-maturely at Kijabe Hospital and was admitted in the nursery for close monitoring and extra care. After spending two weeks in nursery, she was diagnosed with hydrocephalus. At the time, there was not a neuro surgeon locally who could help and she was not stable enough to be referred to another facility. She has been doing well now, and a shunt surgery is scheduled to happen tomorrow as an urgent surgery to help treat her condition. Without treatment, Grace will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $720 to cover the cost of surgery for Grace that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 12th and will drain the excess fluid from Grace's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Grace will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Grace’s mother says, “At first I was shocked when I heard about the condition and found it hard for us, but we believe all will be well.”

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