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Success! Miriam from Kenya raised $1,500 to fund a spinal fusion.

Miriam
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Miriam's treatment was fully funded on June 11, 2020.

Photo of Miriam post-operation

May 27, 2020

Miriam underwent a spinal fusion.

Miriam had successful surgery in our facility. Her spine had implants successful fused and she has started her physiotherapy sessions. She can now move with ease and her pain has drastically reduced. Miriam is grateful for the kind support offered to her.

Miriam shared, “Thank you for supporting me. I am able to walk with ease now. God bless you.”

Miriam had successful surgery in our facility. Her spine had implants successful fused and she has started her physiotherapy sessions. She c...

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November 26, 2019

Miriam walks slowly with the aid of crutches. She was overly active until the year 2017 when she began complaining of back pain and numbness on her feet. Miriam formerly an active farmer would tire easily from her farming activities and small house chores. From the nearest hospital, pain medication was administered but with time, her condition deteriorated. She thought maybe she had gained weight and that was the reason for the back pain. Dieting did not help either and over time, she couldn’t walk without the aid of a stick.

Frustrated, Miriam resigned to fate as she thought she was a burden to her young children who were building their homes. A friend recommended that they visit Kijabe hospital for specialized treatment where Miriam was diagnosed with a spine disc dislocation and a spinal fusion surgery recommended. Miriam was glad that there is a solution to her condition and she looks forward to getting treated.

If treated, Miriam will regain her ability to walk, resume work and become independent again. Miriam and her husband are subsistence farmers with four grown children. She lives with her husband in Central Kenya. Miriam is appealing for financial help.

“I look forward to walking again,” says Miriam.

Miriam walks slowly with the aid of crutches. She was overly active until the year 2017 when she began complaining of back pain and numbness...

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Miriam's Timeline

  • November 26, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 29, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Miriam's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 20, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Miriam 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.

  • May 27, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Miriam's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 11, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Miriam's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 35 donors

Treatment
Spinal Fusion
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $3,090 for Miriam's treatment
Subsidies fund $1,590 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$2,476
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$107
Supplies
$0
Labs
$112
Other
$395

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Naw Eh

Naw Eh is a 11-year-old girl who lives with her mother, five brother and two sisters in a refugee camp. She and her siblings study in the refugee camp while her mother weaves traditional indigenous Karen shirts to earn extra income for their household. In her free time, Naw Eh loves to play with her younger brother at home. Sometimes, she will play with her friends close to her house. She wants to be an English teacher at a primary school in the future. In late July 2021, Naw Eh went out to buy some snacks from a shop. On the way to the shop, she slipped and fell on the muddy road. When she fell she hurt her left leg. Since she was able to walk slowly, the medic in the camp did not think her leg was broken and only gave her pain medication. On 19 August 2021, Naw Eh lost her grip when she was sitting down in a chair and fell down. This time she could not stand up or walk. After a doctor at Mae Sariang Hospital diagnosed her with a fractured femur, she was referred to Chiang Mai Hospital for further treatment. At that hospital, the doctor told Naw Eh's brother that they want to do an MRI of her leg to check if she has any underlying conditions that caused her to break her femur so easily. With support from Watsi, the MRI was possible and now the surgeon has determined that surgery is required to help her leg heal properly. Currently, Naw Eh suffers from pain in her left leg and she cannot move or put weight on that leg. If she moves her leg, the pain increases. Her brother needs to help her use the bedpan as she cannot walk to the toilet. He also needs to help her get dressed. She is taking pain medication to help her sleep at night. She is worried that if her condition is not treated properly, she will never be able to walk again. She misses going to school and wants to continue her studies in grade four once her school reopens. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Naw Eh will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for September 2nd and will cost $1,500. After surgery, Naw Eh will no longer experience pain in her leg and she will be able to get herself dress and be able to walk to the toilet. Naw Eh said, "I am worried that if I do not receive surgery and receive proper treatment, I will not be able to walk again."

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