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Success! Philomena from Kenya raised $681 to fund a colostomy closure surgery.

Philomena
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  • $681 raised, $0 to go
$681
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Philomena's treatment was fully funded on December 19, 2020.

Photo of Philomena post-operation

September 23, 2020

Philomena underwent a colostomy closure surgery.

Philomena had a successful surgery at our partner’s hospital. Her parents are very happy that she has undergone all three of her surgeries successfully. Her mother continues to bring Philomena for her doctor to review and assess her full recovery. The surgery has made it possible for her to pass stool without any difficulties, with a much higher quality of life ahead for her.

Philomena’s mother says, “May everyone in this program be blessed.”

Philomena had a successful surgery at our partner's hospital. Her parents are very happy that she has undergone all three of her surgeries s...

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June 30, 2020

Philomena is a baby girl from Kenya. Philomena’s father is a carpenter and her mother, who used to operate a grocery store, is now a homemaker. Together they have five children, three of which are in school. The family has a small income and they have exhausted their savings helping pay for Philomena’s twin sister’s heart problems.

Philomena underwent a colostomy, in which the end of the colon is brought through an opening in the abdominal wall. This surgery is often performed to bypass bowel malformations, but colostomies are usually temporary and may call for closure. In Philomena’s case, her colostomy requires closure in order to restore bowel function and prevent future complications.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $681 to cover the cost of a colostomy closure for Philomena. The surgery is scheduled to take place on July 3rd and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently.

Philomena’s mother shared, “I will be very grateful for any financial help offered.”

Philomena is a baby girl from Kenya. Philomena’s father is a carpenter and her mother, who used to operate a grocery store, is now a homemak...

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Philomena's Timeline

  • June 30, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Philomena was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • July 1, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Philomena's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 30, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Philomena received treatment at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH) in Kenya. 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 23, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Philomena's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 19, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Philomena's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 donors

Treatment
Colostomy Closure
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $681 for Philomena's treatment
Hospital Fees
$663
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$18
Supplies
$0

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Kishimwi

Kishimwi is a playful and friendly young boy who is currently having a hard time walking. Kishimwi has a younger sibling, and his parents are small-scale maize and vegetable farmers who grow food for their family. His father also works as a hawker selling Maasai beads, belts and sandals in order to make extra income. Kishimwi was diagnosed with genu valgus, causing his legs to bend inward to form knock knees. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. Kishimwi's parents noticed a slight bent in his leg when he was three years old, but became alarmed when the problem worsened over the past year to the point where walking became difficult. Kishimwi experiences pain when participating in daily activities, so his parents decided to seek treatment for him at a local hospital in their village. The family was advised to give Kishimwi foods containing high calcium and calcium supplements to strengthen his bones and prevent his legs from bending further. However, the effects were negligible and Kishimwi's legs became more bent. Fortunately, an older patient's parent told the family about Watsi's medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC), and the family traveled to the hospital hoping for treatment. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Kishimwi. The procedure will take place on June 29th. Treatment will hopefully restore Kishimwi's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Kishimwi’s father hopes his son's pain will be alleviated after this care, "We have used medication and foods containing high calcium but none has helped. Please help treat my son because as you can see his legs are badly affected."

69% funded

69%funded
$612raised
$268to go

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