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Success! Losieku from Tanzania raised $874 to fund a contracture release surgery.

Losieku
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  • $874 raised, $0 to go
$874
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Losieku's treatment was fully funded on April 16, 2021.

Photo of Losieku post-operation

May 7, 2021

Losieku underwent a contracture release surgery and can use his hand now.

Losieku had a successful surgery! Prior to surgery, he could not straighten two of his fingers, limiting his ability to hold things with his left hand. Now, Losieku will be able to hold things in his left hand using all of his fingers and he will be able to carry on with his daily activities without limitation. His post-surgical wound has healed, but he will wear a splint for a period of time as he fully recovers.

Losieku shared (and showed off his new movement of his hand), “thank you very much for helping correct my fingers. Look: I can now straighten them!”

Losieku had a successful surgery! Prior to surgery, he could not straighten two of his fingers, limiting his ability to hold things with his...

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March 2, 2021

Losieku is a nine-year-old boy and the youngest child born to his mother, who has six children. He is a friendly, cheerful and hard-working boy. He has not had the chance to go to school yet, though his father says he has plans to enroll him in school next year if everything goes well. Losieku lives in Northern Tanzania. The majority of people in this area are traditional Maasai and are livestock farmers. Losieku’s father has a few goats that Losieku and his siblings take out to graze. They also practice small-scale farming of maize and vegetables as a source of food.

About three years ago, Losieku was out playing with his siblings. He fell and his left hand went into an open fireplace where a bit of hot charcoal was burning below ashes. He sustained burns which were treated at home using traditional herbal medication due to lack of money and distance to the closest hospital. Over the years, the skin around his fingers has contracted and he is unable to straighten them.

Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Losieku receive treatment. On March 3, surgeons at AMH’s care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery so that he will be able to use his fingers freely. Now, he needs help to fund this $874 procedure.

Losieku’s father shared, “it’s really challenging for my son to carry out his daily activities because of his hand. He is a hardworking boy, and if he gets his hand corrected, it will help him do more with ease.”

Losieku is a nine-year-old boy and the youngest child born to his mother, who has six children. He is a friendly, cheerful and hard-working ...

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Losieku's Timeline

  • March 2, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 3, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Losieku 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 3, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Losieku's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 16, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Losieku's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 7, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Losieku's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 26 donors

Funded by 26 donors

Treatment
Contracture Release and Skin Graft
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $874 for Losieku's treatment
Hospital Fees
$660
Medical Staff
$20
Medication
$11
Supplies
$127
Labs
$14
Other
$42

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