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Gift from Tanzania raised $870 to release burn contractures on her arm.

Gift
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$870
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Gift's treatment was fully funded on March 11, 2016.

Photo of Gift post-operation

April 5, 2016

Gift received successful contracture release surgery.

“Gift had a successful burn scar contracure release of the right elbow. The wound has not completely healed so she is on daily wound dressing,” shares her medical team at African Mission Healthcare Foundation. “Gift will need a second surgery because full correction could not be achieved with a single surgery.”

When Gift is ready for a second surgery, she will be re-eligible for Watsi funding.

Gift and her family are very grateful for the surgery and support. Her mother says, “Our daughter’s right arm is much straighter in comparison to her left arm. We continue to pray for complete healing and hope that she will eventually be able to use her arms better. We greatly appreciate the financial support; we wouldn’t have managed on our own.”

"Gift had a successful burn scar contracure release of the right elbow. The wound has not completely healed so she is on daily wound dressin...

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February 9, 2016

“Gift is a quiet, 16-year-old girl from Tanzania,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “Gift started having seizures when she was eight years old. One afternoon, Gift started a fire and was going to boil some sweet potatoes when suddenly she started convulsing. She fell down and her blouse caught fire. She was rushed to the hospital where she was admitted for a few months.”

The burns on both of Gift’s arms caused the muscles to be deformed and she is unable to move them. If not treated, Gift’s arms will never be fully functional.

Despite her condition, Gift tries to wash some dishes and wash her own clothes. Her mother has a small charcoal business and her father works as a carpenter, but their income is not large enough to pay for Gift’s surgery.

Gift’s condition causes her to be heavily reliant on help from other people and as a result, she will not be able to properly support herself in the future.

$870 will cover contracture release surgery to remove the excess scar tissue from Gift’s elbows, restoring a fuller range of motion in both arms. It will also provide Gift with the medicine and hospital stay she needs to recover.

“I hope my daughter will be able to use her hands so that she can become more independent,” says Gift’s mother.

“Gift is a quiet, 16-year-old girl from Tanzania,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “Gift started h...

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Gift's Timeline

  • February 9, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Gift was submitted by Esupat Kimerei, Rehab Surgery Project Assistant Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • February 9, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Gift received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) in Tanzania. 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.

  • March 6, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Gift's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 11, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Gift's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 5, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Gift. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

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Naw En

Naw En is a 31-year-old woman who lives with her husband, two sons and parents in a village in Karen State near the border of Burma and Thailand. Her husband and parents are subsistence farmers. Naw En is a village health worker, and her two sons are primary school students in the village. Although she earns around 100,000 kyat (approx. 100 USD) per month to support her family, she does whatever she can to only charge the villagers she treats for medications provided. Those who cannot afford to pay for the cost of medications are provided medication free of charge. Her family also raises chickens and pigs for their family to eat. The income Naw En earns is just enough to cover their daily expenses, but they have to borrow money to pay for anything else, like basic health care. Naw En learned she was pregnant last August 2021. She went to register her pregnancy at nearby Hlaingbwe Hospital, but the doctor told her to go to Hpa-An General Hospital when she told them that she had high blood pressure and previously needed a c-section delivery. When she went to Hpa-An General Hospital, a nurse told her to go to Taw Win Thu Ka Hospital because they were understaffed due to the coup and humanitarian crisis in their area. Finally, she then registered her pregnancy at Taw Win Thu Ka Hospital last November and received an ultrasound, blood test and urine test. The doctor gave her monthly follow-up appointments to check her high blood pressure and to check that her baby is in the right position. In January, Naw En learned that she will have a girl. “I was very happy to hear this as I already have two sons,” she said. Her doctor has now told her that she will need another c-section to ensure a safe delivery and unable to come up with the money needed, Naw En called her friend who works in Mae Sot to ask for help. Her friend told her about our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) and that she may be able to find assistance in accessing her treatment. Currently, Naw En is taking medication for high blood pressure and feels tired when she walks. She can feel her baby kicking. When her blood pressure is high, she feels dizzy. She feels stressed each time she has to travel to the hospital, as it is located four hours from her home and cost 60,000 kyat (approx. 60 USD) just for the round-trip transportation. She is also worried about the cost of her c-section and that they would have to borrow money if they cannot find donors. In the future, she will continue to work as a village health worker. In her free times, she loves to spend time with her two sons and play with them. Naw En said, “I was happy when BCMF staff told me that donors will help pay for my c-section. Thank you so much to the donors for reliving me of my worries.” She also added, “I am very happy and excited to have a baby girl!”

58% funded

58%funded
$781raised
$547to go

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