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Success! Saviour from Kenya raised $805 for spina bifida closure surgery.

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Saviour's treatment was fully funded on April 15, 2016.

Photo of Saviour post-operation

July 5, 2016

Saviour underwent spina bifida closure surgery.

Saviour’s surgery to repair spina bifida was successful. The surgery will help prevent development of tethered cord which causes both Scoliosis and Kyphosis. It will also lessen the risk of infection.

“There is no way I can thank you for all the help you have given me,” Saviour’s mother shared. “I was very sad and I did not know what to do to raise the big amount of funds that were required. Thanks to your enormous generosity. Let me tell you that those days were perhaps the worst days of my life watching my daughter suffer helplessly. I thank you a lot for helping me getting out of them.”

Saviour’s surgery to repair spina bifida was successful. The surgery will help prevent development of tethered cord which causes both Scolio...

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April 10, 2016

Three weeks ago, Saviour, a beautiful little girl, was born. She had a leaking cystic mass on her lower spinal region. Due to the risks associated with Saviour’s condition, her mother was advised to seek for specialized treatment immediately. According to her mother, Saviour sleeps a lot and feeds fairly well.

Saviour’s mother is a college student while her father neglected the responsibility of taking care of their baby. Saviour and her mother solely depend on Saviour’s grandparents who are subsistence farmers. The family lives in a three roomed house in the Western region of Kenya. Saviour’s mother is worried that she cannot raise funds for her daughter’s treatment.

If not treated, Saviour is at a risk of getting infection and developing tethered cord that can lead to either Scoliosis and/or Kyphosis. She is also at a risk of lower limbs paralysis. Fortunately, we can help prevent these complications and fund the treatment Saviour needs - a spina bifida closure, which will cost $805.

Saviour’s treatment will reduce the risk of infection as well as development of tethered cord and risk of lower limbs paralysis.

“I feel sad that my daughter has this condition,” her mother shares. “Any help accorded towards her treatment will be a great blessing to us.”

Three weeks ago, Saviour, a beautiful little girl, was born. She had a leaking cystic mass on her lower spinal region. Due to the risks asso...

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Saviour's Timeline

  • April 10, 2016

    Saviour was submitted by Beatrice Njoroge, Curative Medical Support Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • April 14, 2016

    Saviour 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.

  • April 14, 2016

    Saviour's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 15, 2016

    Saviour's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 5, 2016

    Saviour's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Spina Bifida Closure
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

The patient has a mass or lesion on the back that leaks cerebral spinal fluid, which puts him or her at risk of infection.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Spina bifida can cause incontinence, bladder and kidney damage, and paralysis and numbness in the lower limbs, bladder, and sphincter. It can also lead to hydrocephalus as a result of disturbance to the fluid in the brain. Hydrocephalus can lead to cognitive dysfunction, blindness, and death.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Spina bifida is more common in developing countries due to improper and inadequate nutrition. Foods containing folic acid are scarce, and food is not fortified. In Kenya, however, the Ministry of Health has recently started a program to give expectant mothers folic acid for free at government facilities.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

After surgery, the patient's hospital stay ranges from two days to three weeks. The length of stay depends on the healing rate of the wound and will be extended if the patient also undergoes a shunt insertion to treat hydrocephalus. However, shunt insertions are usually performed about one month after this surgery. The patient is continually monitored. If the wound heals and the patient is in a neurologically stable condition, the surgery is considered successful.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Surgery performed within the first days of a child’s life prevents infection and saves the spine and brain from further damage. Early surgery also minimizes the risk of paralysis. Later treatment may save the child's life and prevent further damage.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This surgery is moderately risky, and complications depend on the severity of the case.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

There are few quality care centers in the region. Hospitals lack adequate resources and expertise to treat this condition. With about one neurosurgeon per 10,000,000 people in East Africa, initial treatment for spina bifida is often unavailable.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Surgery is the primary option for most types of spina bifida.

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Davis is a bright young man from Uganda. He is the thirdborn in a family of five children, all ranging in age from 15 to 30. His parents are small-scale farmers, and they own a three-room mud house for shelter. Davis completed secondary school class four, but he did not proceed because he wanted to prioritize and take care of his health before returning to his studies. For over five years, Davis has dealt with a right inguinal hernia. The hernia started as a small, painless swelling, but it has progressively increased in size. His parents initially were not concerned because Davis continued with his home duties per usual and was still very active. However, due to the swelling's noticeable increase in size, Davis has become very worried about the health complications his hernia can cause if it is not treated promptly. If left untreated, not only will the growth continue to grow, but he will also be at risk of strangulation and intestinal obstruction. Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center on August 13th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $170 to fund Davis's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Davis says, “I want and hope to live a normal life again through surgery and be able to take my studies to a higher level. I want to become a strong and educated man in future who is able to help others.”

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