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Success! Benjamin from Kenya raised $1,500 to fund a mobility-restoring spinal fusion surgery.

Benjamin
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Benjamin's treatment was fully funded on September 28, 2021.

Photo of Benjamin post-operation

September 15, 2021

Benjamin underwent a mobility-restoring spinal surgery.

Benjamin’s spinal fusion surgery was a success, and he is healing well! As part of his recovery process, Benjamin will undergo physiotherapy to help restore his mobility and strength.

Benjamin shared, “This is like a miracle. When I came to the hospital, I just slept on my back and could not even sit or walk. I now hope to recover soon and get back to my Boda-Boda job because my family needs me.”

Benjamin's spinal fusion surgery was a success, and he is healing well! As part of his recovery process, Benjamin will undergo physiotherapy...

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July 25, 2021

Benjamin is a father of a four-year-old child who works as a motorbike (boda-boda) driver, earning about $3.70USD per day. His income is also inconsistent and depends on the availability of customers. He is the sole breadwinner for his family. Unfortunately, he has no active medical insurance coverage and has had to rely on relatives and friends to settle hospital bills.

Benjamin is full of smiles but finds it difficult to sit up while sharing his story. He opts to talk while lying flat on his back. Benjamin is currently immobile, unable to sit and walk, as a result of a road traffic accident from the beginning of the month. When the 25-year-old hitched a ride on his friend’s water truck, the vehicle lost control and he was thrown out the window. He immediately experienced severe back pain and lost consciousness.

The accident left Benjamin with multiple fractures and wounds that will require several fracture repair and spine surgeries in order for him to sit, walk, and be able to continue with his normal routine roles again. After stays at various hospitals and numerous referrals, Benjamin arrived at our medical partner’s care center, Kijabe Hospital, for care on July 17th. One of the obstacles to treatment he had faced at other hospitals was a long waiting list that meant a delay in much-needed care, but fortunately Kijabe is able to offer his needed care more urgently.

At Kijabe Hospital, the doctors recommended a spinal fusion procedure for him to help regain his mobility. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $1,500 for Benjamin’s critical surgery, scheduled to take place on July 26th.

Benjamin shares, “I just sleep on my back and cannot even sit or walk. I cannot work and fend for my family. I need this surgery to get back to my Boda-boda job and raise my family.”

Benjamin is a father of a four-year-old child who works as a motorbike (boda-boda) driver, earning about $3.70USD per day. His income is als...

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Benjamin's Timeline

  • July 25, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 26, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Benjamin received treatment at AIC Kijabe Hospital 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.

  • July 28, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Benjamin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 15, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Benjamin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 28, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Benjamin's treatment was fully funded.

Treatment
Spinal Fusion
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $3,245 for Benjamin's treatment
Subsidies fund $1,745 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$2,476
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$107
Supplies
$0
Labs
$112
Other
$550

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Nereah

Nereah is a beautiful four-year-old girl. Nereah is the firstborn in a family of two and likes to play a lot, which makes her parents very happy to see. At the moment, she has started preschool. Nereah’s mother is a homemaker, while her father is a laborer at road construction sites whenever he can get the work. They have had National Health Insurance in the past, but now to reactivate they are were required to pay upfront for one year, which they could not afford. Fortunately, the Nazareth Hospital Reception team identified their significant need and referred them to our medical partner's representative at the hospital. As Nereah's parents cannot afford the surgery, they need help raising $565 for her care. According to her mother, Nereah’s condition started when she was about three weeks old, but her mother did not realize it was a problem until about one year ago. She has been having frequent nose blockage and needs to breathe through her mouth especially at night, as well as as frequent common colds and swelling of her tonsils. Despite getting various types of medication, there has not been improvement. A scan showed adenoid-palatine hypertrophy, and the ENT team has advised surgery to solve her condition. If not treated, Nereah will continue suffering from symptoms and may have further complications like middle ear infections and sleeping disorders. “We have been waiting and hoping insurance would approve our surgical request, but now we don’t know what to do. We hope her surgery could be sponsored so that our daughter can get treated and stop suffering at night,” said Nereah’s mother.

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$50raised
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