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Success! Johnson from Tanzania raised $1,015 to fund spina bifida treatment.

Johnson
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  • $1,015 raised, $0 to go
$1,015
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Johnson's treatment was fully funded on December 20, 2020.

Photo of Johnson post-operation

November 26, 2020

Johnson underwent spina bifida treatment.

Johnson had a successful surgery that has helped correct his spina bifida condition. He is currently doing well and back to his normal self. Through this surgery, Johnson has been saved from the risk of infection or complication that might have risen in case of infection of his spine, which would have robbed Johnson of the ability to walk. His family is relieved to have stopped the risk of serious infection that could have even led to death.

Johnson’s mother says, “We are really grateful for helping our son have this surgery. We were never feeling comfortable with the condition but now thanks to you all our worries are gone and he is doing well too.”

Johnson had a successful surgery that has helped correct his spina bifida condition. He is currently doing well and back to his normal self....

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September 6, 2020

Johnson is an 8-month baby boy from Tanzania. Johnson, the last born child in a family of four, and already is a very active and friendly little boy. Johnson’s parents are both subsistence farmers. Johnson was born in a local hospital where his parents were informed that his spine was not fully formed, thus resulting in a condition known as spinal bifida.

Because Johnson’s condition was not severe, they were informed that he wouldn’t need treatment and that it would close on its own. As their family continued to attend clinics they were told to wait till Johnson gets to five months old for him to have any kind of treatment. At five months they took him to hospital for the treatment but the cost was too high for them to afford and they had to return home.

As time went by, Johnson’s mother saw that his condition could end up complicated if he didn’t get treatment soon and end up greatly affecting Johnson later in life. She decided to seek treatment. She went to Mt Meru and was referred to Watsi’s Medical Partner Care Center ALMC for more help. 

Johnson was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Johnson is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,015 to cover the cost of Johnson’s spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 7th. This procedure will hopefully spare Johnson from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory.

Johnson’s mother says, “We are concerned if our son does not get his spine corrected, it might affect his ability to walk. Please help my son.”

Johnson is an 8-month baby boy from Tanzania. Johnson, the last born child in a family of four, and already is a very active and friendly li...

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Johnson's Timeline

  • September 6, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 07, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Johnson received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). 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.

  • September 08, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Johnson's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 26, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Johnson's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 20, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Johnson's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 29 donors

Treatment
Spina Bifida Repair (Alone)
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,015 for Johnson's treatment
Hospital Fees
$804
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$51
Supplies
$51
Labs
$60
Other
$49

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