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Robdu is a baby from Ethiopia who needs $1,500 to fund surgery for anorectal malformation.

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December 29, 2019

Robdu is a beautiful and playful baby girl from Ethiopia. She was born with an anorectal malformation, a birth defect where a child has an imperforate anus or they have no opening in their anus. She developed bowel obstruction because of the condition and an emergency colostomy was done. She has also had multiple issues with her colostomy care, requiring constant hospital visits. She is planned for PSARP in our facility to correct the congenital defect.

Robdu and her two brothers live with their parents in Ethiopia. Her father relies on subsistence farming to make ends meet while her mother is a housewife. They do not have funds required for the surgery and so appeal for financial assistance.

Robdu is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on December 31st. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Robdu’s procedure and care.

After her recovery, Robdu will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future.

Her dad said, “I hope she will get well. And it is my dream to educate her and see her achieving so big in her life.”

Robdu is a beautiful and playful baby girl from Ethiopia. She was born with an anorectal malformation, a birth defect where a child has an i...

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Robdu's Timeline

  • December 29, 2019

    Robdu was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Ethiopia.

  • December 30, 2019

    Robdu's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 31, 2019

    Robdu was scheduled to receive treatment at BethanyKids Myungsung Christian Medical Centre (BKMCM). 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.


    Robdu is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD

    Awaiting Robdu's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 24 donors

Funded by 24 donors

Anorectal Malformation
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,563 for Robdu's treatment
Subsidies fund $63 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
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Philomena was diagnosed with ARM at birth. With this condition, the little one was found to lack an anal opening and instead was passing stool through her vagina. A few hours after birth, Philomena, one in a set of twins, was noted to have a distended abdomen. The doctor quickly checked on the baby and discovered she lacked an anal opening. To keep Philomena from getting a fistula, the doctors put in a colostomy at three days. Philomena’s parents paid for this through some family savings they had. When they left for home, Philomena’s twin sister developed a persistent cough which was later found to be a hole in the heart. "I have never felt this drained ever in my life. Since I gave birth I am always in hospitals with either one of my two babies,” says Philomena’s mother. Due to lack of finances, Philomena’s parents shared their plight with their church members and one of them advised that they visit Watsi Partner Care Center BethanyKids Hospital. At BethanyKids a surgery to create an anal opening has been recommended. If not treated, Philomena will not lead a normal life and will be forced to use a colostomy for life. The surgery is a cost Philomena’s parents cannot bear. Philomena’s father is a carpenter while her mother closed her grocery store to tend to the children. Together they have five children with three currently in school. With very limited income and having exhausted their savings, Philomena’s parents are not able to raise the funds needed. They had defaulted on paying the national health insurance premiums as they could not keep up, but they’ve been advised to try to maintain this coverage in the future given their family's health needs. “Please help us. It is quite a stressful time for us but we believe we will come from it as victors,” says Philomena’s mother.

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$378to go

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